Erik Peterson

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Erik Peterson
New Jersey General Assembly District 23
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 2014
Years in position 6
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorth Carolina State University, 1988
J.D.Temple University School of Law, 1996
Office website
Campaign website
Erik Peterson (b. March 8, 1966) is a Republican member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 23 since being appointed December 7, 2009. He previously served on the Hunterdon County Board of Freeholders from 2006-2009.

Peterson earned his B.S. in Business Administration from North Carolina State University in 1988 and his J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 1996. He is an attorney with the Law Office of Erik C. Peterson LLC, and Owner of Pep Title Agency. He previously served as a Partner with Large, Scammell & Danzinger LLC from 2000-2003, Gordon & Peterson LLC from 1998-1999, and Manager of Beneficial Management Corporation from 1988-1993.[1]

Committee assignments

2010-2012 committees:


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Erik Peterson endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [2]



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Peterson ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 23. Peterson is bracketed with John DiMaio. He was unopposed in the June 4 Republican primary. He is challenged by John Valentine (D), Ralph Drake (D), and incumbent John DiMaio (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[3] [4]


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Peterson won re-election in 2011. He and incumbent John DiMaio ran unopposed in the Republican Primary on June 7. They then defeated Scott McDonald and Karen Carroll in the November 8 general election.[5]

New Jersey General Assembly District 23 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngErik Peterson Incumbent 30.9% 21,074
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn DiMaio Incumbent 31.2% 21,289
     Democratic Scott McDonald 18.2% 12,420
     Democratic Karen Carroll 19.6% 13,369
Total Votes 68,152


Bracketed with incumbent John DiMaio in the November 3, 2009 election, he received 47,968 votes (35%), defeating challengers William Courtney and Tammeisha Smith.[6][7] He was bracketed with John DiMaio.[8]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Twenty-Third Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John DiMaio (R) 49,137
Green check mark transparent.png Erik Peterson (R) 48,067
William J. Courtney (D) 21,997
Tammeisha Smith (D) 19,939

Campaign donors


In 2011, Peterson received $39,183 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]

New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Erik Peterson's campaign in 2011
Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp$1,850
New Jersey Automobile Dealers Assocation$1,000
Bramnick For Assembly$1,000
Total Raised in 2011 $39,183
Total Votes received in 2011 21,074
Cost of each vote received $1.86


Below are Peterson's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:[10]

Contributor 2009 total
Lance For Senate $5,000
Dimaio For Assembly $3,261
Doherty For Senate $3,232
Doherty Dimaio & Peterson CTE $2,310
New Jersey Association Of Realtors $1,500


Peterson and wife, Jenni, have four children.

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