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John Burzichelli
New Jersey General Assembly District 3
In office
2002 - Present
Term ends
January 2014
Years in position 13
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2001
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth11/14/1954
Place of birthCamden, NJ
ProfessionOwner/Producer/Distributor, Hill Studio & Scenic
Office website
Campaign website
John J. Burzichelli is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 3rd District since 2002. He previously served as a Deputy Speaker of the Assembly.

Burzichelli also serves as the Mayor of Paulsboro. He is the Owner/Producer/Distributor of Hill Studio and Scenic, as well as Host/Producer of Eye on Paulsboro. [1]

Committee assignments



  • A1407 Requires retail food establishments to provide certain nutritional information for food or beverage items sold to its customers.
  • A1480 Requires that public officers or public employees convicted of crimes involving their office or employment be sentenced to mandatory prison terms and forfeit pension benefits.
  • A2493 "New Jersey Fair Debt Collection Practices Act."
  • A3567 Eliminates requirement that voting machines produce voter-verified paper record by January 1, 2009. [2]

Campaign themes


On their shared campaign website, Burzichelli and Celeste Riley list the following five major campaign themes:

  • Protect South Jersey jobs
Excerpt: "John and Celeste are investing in local small businesses to protect jobs and grow South Jersey’s economy. John and Celeste are working to help small business owners by eliminating exorbitant fees, cutting red tape and providing other incentives."
  • Bring home our fair share of state resources
Excerpt: "With all the taxes we pay, South Jersey deserves more than budget leftovers. John and Celeste are a powerful voice making sure we get our fair share of state resources."
  • Cap state spending
Excerpt: "John and Celeste will push for zero-based budgeting, forcing bureaucrats to prove the merit of every dollar they want to spend."
  • Improve access to affordable health care
Excerpt: "...keep insurance affordable by reducing premium costs and lowering administrative expenses. They increased funding for local hospitals, and are committed to ensuring seniors living on fixed incomes can afford need prescription drugs."
  • Prohibit politicians from accepting gifts from lobbyists
Excerpt: "John and Celeste are neighbors and community leaders—not career politicians. That’s why they support legislation that prohibits politicians from accepting gifts from lobbyists. They are advocating for tougher election laws to keep corruption out of our state government."



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Burzichelli ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 3. Burzichelli is bracketed with Celeste Riley. He was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. He is challenged by Larry Wallace (R) and Bob Vanderslice (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[3][4][5]


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Burzichelli won re-election in 2011. He and incumbent Celeste Riley ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Domenick DiCicco and Bob Villare in the November 8 general election.[6]

New Jersey General Assembly District 3 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Burzichelli Incumbent 28% 25,172
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCeleste Riley Incumbent 26.6% 23,960
     Republican Domenick DiCicco 22.5% 20,268
     Republican Bob Villare 22.8% 20,528
Total Votes 89,928


NJ Spotlight has identified the 3rd District as a potential place for the GOP to pickup a seat in the Assembly. Following redistricting, 4th District Republican incumbent Domenick DiCicco was moved into the 3rd district. He is running with Bob Villare, who came within 1,300 votes of defeating Celeste Riley in 2009. [7]


Running for re-election in 2009, Burzichelli defeated challengers Lee Lucas and Robert Villare in the general election. He was bracketed with Celeste Riley.[8][9]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Third Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John J. Burzichelli (D) 35,423
Green check mark transparent.png Celeste M. Riley (D) 31,888
Robert Villare (R) 30,526
Lee Lucas (R) 27,316

Campaign donors


In 2011, Burzichelli received $445,705 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[10]

New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Burzichelli's campaign in 2011
Sweeney Burzichelli & Riley Bracket$25,000
Sweeney Burzichelli & Reley$24,600
Electrical Workers Local 351$9,200
Developers PAC$8,367
Total Raised in 2011 $445,705
Total Votes received in 2011 25,172
Cost of each vote received $17.71


Below are Burzichelli's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:[11]

Contributor 2009 total
Add Funds Transferred From Prior Campaign $103,338
Electrical Workers Local 351 $8,200
Sweeney Wallace DiMarco For Freeholder $8,200
Building Contractors Association Of New Jersey $7,200
New Jersey Education Association $6,000

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