Gary Chiusano

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Gary Chiusano
New Jersey General Assembly District 24
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
January 2012
Years in position 7
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 3, 2009
First elected2007
Next generalNovember 8, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sDrexel University
Date of birth08/05/1951
ProfessionFinancial Planner
Office website
Gary Chiusano (b. August 5, 1951) is a Republican member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 24th District since 2008. He previously served as an Assistant Minority Whip.

Prior to his election to the Assembly, Chiusano served on the Sussex County Board of Freeholders from 2003-2008 and as mayor of the Frankford Township Committee from 2001-2003. [1]

Committee assignments

2010-2012 committees:



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Chiusano won re-election in 2011. He and incumbent Alison McHose ran unopposed in the Republican Primary on June 7. They then defeated Leslie Huhn, Jim Nye, Rose Ann Salanitri, and Mark Quick in the November 8 general election.[2]

New Jersey General Assembly District 24 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAlison McHose Incumbent 30.6% 19,026
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Chiusano Incumbent 29.8% 18,561
     Democratic Leslie Huhn 16.5% 10,290
     Democratic Jim Nye 15.8% 9,832
     Independent Rose Ann Salanitri 5.1% 3,161
     Independent Mark Quick 2.2% 1,382
Total Votes 62,252


Running for re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election, Chiusano received 46,557 votes (41%), defeating Democratic challenger Frederick Katz, Jr..[3] He was bracketed with Alison McHose.[4]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Twenty-Fourth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Alison Littell McHose (R) 50,973
Green check mark transparent.png Gary R. Chiusano (R) 47,741
Frederick J. Katz, Jr. (D) 17,781

Campaign donors


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

Contributor 2009 total
Republican National Committee $8,150
Fund Of Assemblywoman Alison Littell Mchose $4,241
Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Administrative District Council Of New Jersey $2,600
Fraioli, Paul $2,600
New Jersey Bankers Association $2,500


Assemblyman Chiusano speaking on taxes and the judiciary

  • A158 Prohibits elected officials and public employees from enrolling for health benefits with more than one public entity; provides civil action for treble expenses by public entity providing additional coverage.
  • A669 Prohibits use of public funds for embryonic stem cell research.
  • A1691 "Transparency in Government Act;" provides for establishment of State public finance website.
  • A1692 Prohibits certain candidates from receiving public financing for campaigns.[6]


On July 7, 2011, Democrats Ed Selby, Leslie Huhn and Jim Nye sent a letter to Republican incumbents Alison McHose, Gary Chiusano and Steven Oroho, challenging them to a series of debates to take place before the November 8 general election. Leslie Huhn stated that Republicans have "had it too easy" in recent elections, and that they have taken their constituents for granted for too long.[7]

The Democrats gave Republicans 10 days to respond. The same day (July 7), Lou Crescitelli, spokesman for the District 24 Republicans, confirmed the GOP incumbents will participate in the debates. Since redistricting took place, 11 new county municipalities were added to the district. Ed Selby (D) suggested the need to "expand"[7] because the newly annexed counties might not know the candidates as well. The invitation to debate was not sent to the two Independent candidates in Assembly District 24, Rose Ann Salanitri and Mark Quick.[7]

Presidential preference


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

Gary Chiusano endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [8]

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