Connie Wagner

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Connie Wagner
New Jersey General Assembly District 38
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
January 2014
Years in position 7
State Deputy Speaker of the Assembly
2012 - Present
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2007
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sTrenton State College
Master'sMontclair State University
Date of birth07/07/1948
Office website
Concetta "Connie" Wagner (b. July 7, 1948) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 38. She was first elected to the chamber in 2007. She is currently State Deputy Speaker of the Assembly.

Prior to her election to the Assembly, Wagner served on the Bergen County Board of Freeholders during 2007, and on the Borough of Paramus Council from 2002-2007.[1]


Wagner earned her B.A. in Social Studies Sducation from Trenton State College and her Master of Arts in student personnel services from Montclair State University.[2]

Committee assignments



  • A1068 Requires NJT to purchase alternative fuel vehicles.
  • A1325 Requires labeling of food containing any product from a cloned animal or its progeny.
  • A2362 The "Animal Cruelty Recodification and Modernization Act."
  • A3374 Makes FY 2009 supplemental appropriations totaling $22,500,000 to provide food, energy and legal aid assistance to individuals and families under the "New Jersey Economic Assistance and Recovery Plan." [3]


Double dipping is a term used to describe the practice of allowing government employees to "retire," start collecting a pension and then return to work for the state while continuing to receive pension benefits. It is currently permitted in New Jersey. Banning or limiting double dipping is among the proposals in New Jersey to reduce the state pension obligation. Two companion bills, S601 and A860, were introduced in the 2012-2013 legislative session. As of May 2015 neither has reached the floor for a vote. In July 2013 New Jersey Watchdog published an article focusing on double dipping by New Jersey state legislators. The report identified 18 state lawmakers who receive retirement checks totaling $782,000 a year in addition to their legislative salaries. The roster includes leaders of each party in both the Senate and Assembly.[4]
Wagner was included on the list of legislators currently receiving pension benefits and a legislative salary. According to the 2013 report, Wagner receives a $46,368 pension per year. The employer at retirement was Paramus Board of Education.[4]



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Wagner ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 38. Wagner was bracketed with Timothy Eustace and defeated Zachary Schrieber in the June 4 Democratic primary.[5] She withdrew from the race on June 11th, citing family reasons.

New Jersey General Assembly, District 38, Democratic Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngConnie Wagner Incumbent 48.7% 2,866
Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy Eustace Incumbent 45.9% 2,702
Zachary Schrieber 5.5% 321
Total Votes 5,889


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Wagner won re-election in 2011. She and Timothy Eustace ran unopposed in the June 7 Democratic primary. They then defeated Richard Goldberg, Fernando Alonso, and Vinko Grskovic in the November 8 general election.[6]

New Jersey General Assembly District 38 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngConcetta Wagner Incumbent 27.2% 22,258
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy Eustace 25.7% 21,097
     Republican Richard Goldberg 23.3% 19,091
     Republican Fernando Alonso 23% 18,820
     Libertarian Vinko Grskovic 0.9% 707
Total Votes 81,973


Asbury Park Press

District 38 is one of only three districts that the Asbury Park Press identified as competitive in 2011. The other two are Districts 2 and 14. Districts 2 and 38 may lean more Republican after 2011 redistricting, and District 14 may still favor Democrats. As evidence, they cite a drop in registered Democrats in Districts 2 and 38, and only a small decrease in registered Democrats in District 14. History has shown, argues APP, that districts where Democrats hold less than a 10,000 registered voter advantage typically favor the GOP. The Democratic registration advantage in District 38 is roughly 12,000, (down from 22,000).[7]

NJ Spotlight

NJ Spotlight has identified District 38 as one of the most competitive districts in the state, with potential for the GOP to pickup a seat in the Assembly.[8]


Wagner won re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election. She was bracketed with Joan Voss and defeated Republican challengers Nicholas Lonzisero and Judith Fisher.[9][10][11]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Thirty-Eighth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Concetta Wagner (D) 28,618
Green check mark transparent.png Joan M. Voss (D) 28,078
Judith Fisher (R) 23,132
Nicholas Lonzisero (R) 22,808

Campaign donors


In 2011, Wagner received $446,740 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[12]

New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Connie Wagner's campaign in 2011
Electrical Workers Local 164$16,700
New Jersey Regional Council Of Carpenters$15,700
New Jersey Education Association$13,200
Schaer For Assembly$13,000
Communications Workers New Jersey$10,700
Total Raised in 2011 $446,740
Total Votes received in 2011 22,258
Cost of each vote received $20.07


Below are Wagner's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:[13]

Contributor 2009 total
Electrical Workers Local 164 $16,400
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 14 $9,700
New Jersey Education Association $9,700
Fund Of Joe Roberts Assembly Speaker $8,200
Bob Gordon For Senate $8,200



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Wagner and her husband, Richard, have three children.

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