Gary Schaer

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Gary Schaer
New Jersey General Assembly District 36
In office
2006 - Present
Term ends
January 2014
Years in position 9
State Deputy Speaker of the Assembly
2012 - Present
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2005
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Acting Mayor, City of Passaic
Bachelor'sAmerican University
Date of birth09/11/1951
Place of birthPennsauken, NJ
ProfessionInvestment Consultant and Vice President, Private Client Group
ReligionOrthodox Jewish
Office website
Campaign website
Gary S. Schaer (b. September 11, 1951) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 36 since 2006. He is currently State Deputy Speaker of the Assembly.


Schaer earned his B.A. in Political Science from American University. His professional experience includes working as vice-president and investment consultant for a private client group.[1]

Committee assignments



  • A260 Provides for conscientious exemption to mandatory immunizations.
  • A2803 Abolishes Department of Personnel; transfers functions, powers, and duties primarily to new Civil Service Commission in but not of Department of Labor and Workforce Development; creates Civil Service Reform Task Force.
  • A3162 Establishes the "New Jersey-Israel Commission" as a permanent commission in the Department of State.
  • A3458 Creates permanent paper voting record pilot program; removes requirement that voting machines produce voter-verified paper record by January 1, 2009.[2]

Campaign themes


Schaer lists four main campaign themes on his Official Campaign website:[3]

  • Property Tax Relief for Middle-Class Families
  • Supporting our Schools and Students
  • Getting New Jersey Back to Work
  • Shared Sacrifice and Economic Fairness



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Schaer ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 36. Schaer was bracketed with Marlene Caride and defeated Aharon Cohn and Sam Krause in the June 4 Democratic primary. He is challenged by Rosina Romano (R), Foster Lowe (R), and incumbent Marlene Caride (D) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[4] [5]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 36, Democratic Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGary Schaer Incumbent 47% 3,318
Green check mark transparent.pngMarlene Caride Incumbent 44.4% 3,133
Sam Krause 4.4% 309
Aharon Cohn 4.2% 296
Total Votes 7,056


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Schaer won re-election in 2011. He and Marlene Caride ran unopposed in the June 7 Democratic primary. They then defeated John Genovesi and Sara Rosengarten in the November 8 general election.[6]

New Jersey General Assembly District 36 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGary Schaer Incumbent 30.5% 17,262
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarlene Caride 28.8% 16,319
     Republican Sara Rosengarten 20.7% 11,735
     Republican John Genovesi 19.9% 11,256
Total Votes 56,572


Running for re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election, Schaer received 21,908 votes (28%), defeating Republican challengers Carmen Pio Costa and Donald Diorio.[7] He was bracketed with Frederick Scalera.[8]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Thirty-Sixth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Frederick Scalera (D) 23,353
Green check mark transparent.png Gary S. Schaer (D) 22,089
Carmen Pio Costa (R) 17,035
Donald Diorio (R) 16,691

Campaign donors


In 2011, Schaer received $1,058,546 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]

New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Gary Schaer's campaign in 2011
New Jersey Regional Council Of Carpenters$24,400
Medical Society Of New Jersey$16,400
New Jersey Bankers Association$13,000
Blue Cross Blue Shield$9,250
New Jersey State Pipe Trades Association$9,200
Total Raised in 2011 $1,058,546
Total Votes received in 2011 17,262
Cost of each vote received $61.32


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

Contributor 2009 total
Medical Society Of New Jersey $15,200
New Jersey Education Association $10,200
New Jersey Business & Industry Association $9,700
Communications Workers New Jersey $9,200
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield Of New Jersey $8,500



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Schaer and his wife, Donna, have three children.

Schaer currently also serves on the Passaic City Council, a position he has held since 1994. He is the director of Urban Enterprise Zone, and has previously served as commissioner of the Passaic County Technical Institute (1999-2003), and the Passaic Housing Authority (1992-1996).[12]

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