Gilbert Wilson

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Gilbert Wilson
New Jersey General Assembly District 5
In office
2010 - Present
Term ends
January 2014
Years in position 5
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
AppointedJanuary 25, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Council Member, City of Camden
1997-2001, 2005-2010
Associate'sCamden County College
Bachelor'sRowan University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Air Force
Years of service1965-1969
Date of birth03/17/1947
Place of birthCamden, NJ
Office website
Campaign website
Gilbert L. 'Whip' Wilson (b. March 17, 1947) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 5. He was first appointed to the chamber on January 25, 2010 to fill the seat left vacant by Donald Norcross.[1]

Wilson served on the Camden City Council from 2005-2010 and 1997-2001.


Wilson earned his A.A.S. in Law/Criminal Justice from Camden County College and his B.A. in Law/Criminal Justice from Rowan University. His professional experience includes working as Officer in the Camden Police Department. Wilson served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force from 1965-69. [2]

Committee assignments



Campaign themes


On their shared campaign website, Wilson, Angel Fuentes, and Sen. Donald Norcross list five major themes of their campaign:[3]

  • Relieving the tax burden on property owners.
  • Cutting wasteful government spending.
  • Consolidating government functions through shared services among municipalities, counties and schools boards.
  • Adopting reforms that reduce the costs to taxpayers for public employee benefits, including pensions and health care.
  • Providing quality public schools, in part by forcing tax money to go toward classrooms and school facilities – not toward excessive salaries and perks for administrators.


In an interview with the Gloucester County Times, Gilbert listed his top priorities:

  • "New Jersey’s unemployment rate is 9.4 percent, our residents are paying the highest property taxes in the nation, and throughout our region families are struggling to make ends meet. With that said, my top three priorities are attracting good paying jobs to our region, ensuring that our residents keep more of what they earn, and providing the police and fire services that will keep them safe in their homes and communities." [4]

     (For responses from all the candidates, see the full story here.)


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.[5]
Wilson was included on the list of legislators currently receiving pension benefits and a legislative salary. According to the 2013 report, Wilson receives a $50,304 pension per year. The employer at retirement was Camden City.[5]



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Wilson ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 5. Wilson is bracketed with Angel Fuentes. He was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. He is challenged by David Ragonese (R), George Wagoner (R), and incumbent Angel Fuentes (D) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[6] [7]


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Wilson won re-election in 2011. He and incumbent Angel Fuentes ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Terrell Ratliff (R) and William Levins (R) in the November 8 general election.[8]

New Jersey General Assembly District 5 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAngel Fuentes Incumbent 28.5% 17,586
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGilbert Wilson Incumbent 28.7% 17,691
     Republican William Levins 22% 13,575
     Republican Terrell Ratliff 20.7% 12,776
Total Votes 61,628

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wilson is available dating back to 2011. Based on available campaign finance records, Wilson raised a total of $155,986 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[9]

Gilbert Wilson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey General Assembly, District 5 Won $155,986
Grand Total Raised $155,986


Wilson won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Wilson raised a total of $155,986.



In 2013, Wilson’s endorsements include the following: [10] [11]

  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey


Wilson and his wife of more than 30 years, Martha, have six children.

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