Connie Wagner

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Connie Wagner
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New Jersey General Assembly District 38
Former Member
In office
2008 - October 1, 2013
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
State Deputy Speaker of the Assembly
2012 - 2013
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sTrenton State College
Master'sMontclair State University
Personal
Birthday07/07/1948
ProfessionLegislator
CandidateVerification
Concetta "Connie" Wagner (b. July 7, 1948) is a former Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 38 from 2007 to October 1, 2013. Wagner resigned from the Assembly on October 1, 2013 to spend more time with her family.[1]

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.[2]

Biography

Wagner earned her B.A. in Social Studies Sducation from Trenton State College and her M.A. in Student Personnel Services from Montclair State University. Her professional experience includes working as a guidance counselor at Paramus High School from 1997 to 2007 and at Bogota High School from 1970 to 1997. [3]

Committee assignments

2010-2012

Issues

  • 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." [4]

Pensions

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 October 2014 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.[5]
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.[5]

Elections

2013

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.[6] 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

2011

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.[7]

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

Speculation

Asbury Park Press

District 38 was one of only three districts that the Asbury Park Press identified as competitive in 2011. The other two were Districts 2 and 14. Districts 2 and 38 may lean more Republican after 2011 redistricting, and District 14 could still favor Democrats. As evidence, they cited a drop in registered Democrats in Districts 2 and 38, and only a small decrease in registered Democrats in District 14. History has shown, argued 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).[8]

NJ Spotlight

NJ Spotlight 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.[9]

2009

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009

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.[10][11][12]

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

Comprehensive donor information for Connie Wagner is available dating back to 2007. Based on available campaign finance records, Connie Wagner raised a total of $632,551 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 28, 2013.[13]

Connie Wagner's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey General Assembly, District 38 Won $446,740
2009 New Jersey General Assembly, District 38 Won $185,811
2007 New Jersey General Assembly, District 38 Won $0
Grand Total Raised $632,551

2011

Connie Wagner won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Connie Wagner raised a total of $446,740.

2009

Connie Wagner won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Connie Wagner raised a total of $185,811.

2007

Connie Wagner won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2007. During that election cycle, Connie Wagner raised a total of $0.

Endorsements

2011

In 2011, Wagner's endorsements included the following: [14]

Personal

Wagner and her husband, Richard, have three children.

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