Celeste Riley

From Ballotpedia
Revision as of 13:46, 12 December 2011 by Justin Haas (Talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search
Celeste Riley
New Jersey General Assembly District 3
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 2012
Years in position 6
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 3, 2009
Next generalNovember 8, 2011
AppointedMarch 7, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'saSalle University
Master'sDrexel University
Date of birth02/04/1960
Place of birthCumberland County, NJ
ProfessionTeacher, Morris Goodwin Elementary School
Office website
Campaign website
Celeste Riley is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 3rd District. She was appointed on March 7, 2009, and won re-election in November 2009.

Riley served as a member of the Bridgeton City Council from 2006-2009. She has an MS in Arts Administration from Drexel University and a BA in Music from LaSalle University. [1]

Committee assignments




See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011
SLP elec2011 badge2.png
Looking for November 8 election candidates in New Jersey?
Use Ballotpedia's new voter guide - enter your zip code and create a sample ballot.

Riley won re-election in 2011. She and incumbent John Burzichelli ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Domenick DiCicco and Bob Villare in the November 8 general election.[2]

New Jersey General Assembly District 3 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Burzichelli Incumbent 28% 25,172
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCeleste Riley Incumbent 26.6% 23,960
     Republican Domenick DiCicco 22.5% 20,268
     Republican Bob Villare 22.8% 20,528
Total Votes 89,928


NJ Spotlight has identified the 3rd District as a potential place for the GOP to pickup a seat in the Assembly. Following redistricting, 4th District Republican incumbent Domenick DiCicco was moved into the 3rd district. He is running with Bob Villare, who came within 1,300 votes of defeating Riley in 2009. [3]


Running for re-election in the 2009 general election, Riley defeated challengers Lee Lucas and Robert Villare. She was bracketed with John Burzichelli.[4][5]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Third Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John J. Burzichelli (D) 35,423
Green check mark transparent.png Celeste M. Riley (D) 31,888
Robert Villare (R) 30,526
Lee Lucas (R) 27,316

Campaign donors


District 3 ranks fourth in fundraising

As of October 25, candidates for District 3 have raised $2,331,779 --according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. This makes District 3 number four in fundraising for the 2011 election season. Candidates for the district have spent $1,753,254 of their campaign funds.[6]


Below are Riley's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:[7]

Contributor 2009 total
Sweeney Wallace & DiMarco for Freeholder $8,200
New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters $8,200
Electrical Workers Local 351 $8,200
New Jersey Education Assoc $4,500
Remington & Vernick Engineers $2,600


  • A3722 Establishes pilot program in Gloucester County, transferring municipal tax assessment function to county through appointment of a county assessor and deputy county assessors.
  • A3882 Upgrades possession of child pornography to a crime of the third degree; provides for parole supervision for life for production and transmission of child pornography. [8]

Campaign themes

On their shared campaign website, Riley and Burzichelli list the following five major campaign themes:

  • Protect South Jersey jobs
Excerpt: "John and Celeste are investing in local small businesses to protect jobs and grow South Jersey’s economy. John and Celeste are working to help small business owners by eliminating exorbitant fees, cutting red tape and providing other incentives."
  • Bring home our fair share of state resources
Excerpt: "With all the taxes we pay, South Jersey deserves more than budget leftovers. John and Celeste are a powerful voice making sure we get our fair share of state resources."
  • Cap state spending
Excerpt: "John and Celeste will push for zero-based budgeting, forcing bureaucrats to prove the merit of every dollar they want to spend."
  • Improve access to affordable health care
Excerpt: "...keep insurance affordable by reducing premium costs and lowering administrative expenses. They increased funding for local hospitals, and are committed to ensuring seniors living on fixed incomes can afford need prescription drugs."
  • Prohibit politicians from accepting gifts from lobbyists
Excerpt: "John and Celeste are neighbors and community leaders—not career politicians. That’s why they support legislation that prohibits politicians from accepting gifts from lobbyists. They are advocating for tougher election laws to keep corruption out of our state government."

Additional reading

External links

Suggest a link


Political offices
Preceded by
New Jersey General Assembly District 3
Succeeded by