Joseph Egan

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Joseph Egan
New Jersey General Assembly District 17
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 birth02/27/1938
ProfessionBusiness Manager, I.B.E.W. Local Union No. 456
Office website
Joseph Egan (b. February 27, 1938) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 17th District since 2002. He has served as Deputy Majority Leader since 2008.

Egan also serves on the City of New Brunswick Council, a position he has held since 1982.[1]

Committee assignments



  • A2754 The "Jobs, Trade and Democracy Act."
  • A2967 Strengthens enforcement against employers for failure to provide workers' compensation coverage.
  • A3059 Requires proof of workers' compensation coverage with certain legally required annual reports of employers.[2]


Assemblyman Egan discussing an "economic crisis" hearing

2011 Egan campaign ad



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Egan ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 17. Egan is bracketed with Upendra Chivukula. He was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. He is challenged by Carlo Dilalla (R) and Sanjay Patel (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[3][4]


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Egan won re-election in 2011. Egan and incumbent Upendra Chivukula ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Carlo Dilalla and Robert Mettler in the November 8 general election.[5]

New Jersey General Assembly District 17 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Egan Incumbent 31.9% 15,165
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngUpendra Chivulkula Incumbent 31.3% 14,862
     Republican Carlo DiLalla 18.2% 8,627
     Republican Robert Mettler 18.7% 8,876
Total Votes 47,530


Running for re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election, Egan received 29,607 votes (32%), defeating challengers Salim Nathoo and Anthony Mazzola.[6] He was bracketed with Upendra Chivukula.[7]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Seventeenth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joseph V. Egan (D) 29,876
Green check mark transparent.png Upendra J. Chivukula (D) 28,030
Anthony Mazzola (R) 18,023
Salim A. Nathoo (R) 16,419

Campaign donors


In 2011, Egan received $424,462 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joseph Egan's campaign in 2011
Electrical Workers Local 164$16,400
Electrical Workers Local 269$16,400
Electrical Workers Local 456$16,400
Electrical Workers Local 351$16,400
International Brotherhood Of Electrical Workers$16,400
Total Raised in 2011 $424,462
Total Votes received in 2011 15,165
Cost of each vote received $27.99


Below are Egan's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:[9]

Contributor 2009 total
Add Funds Transferred From Prior Campaign $234,903
Electrical Workers Local 456 $19,500
Electrical Workers Local 351 $16,400
Electrical Workers Local 269 $16,400
Electrical Workers Local 164 $16,400



Labor unions

On August 4, the New Jersey AFL-CIO voted to deny 22 Democrats, most notably Senators Stephen Sweeney and Donald Norcross, their endorsement in the 2011 general election. Earlier this year, these Democrats crossed the aisle and voted in favor of preventing public employee unions from collectively bargaining for health benefits and pensions--a move opposed by state labor unions.[10][11]

Four Assembly Democrats (also union officials) who voted against the revocation of bargaining rights received enthusiastic endorsements-- Egan, Wayne DeAngelo, Thomas Giblin and Nelson Albano all received endorsements on August 4.[10]

Four Assembly Democrats (also union officials) who voted against the revocation of bargaining rights received enthusiastic endorsements--Thomas Giblin, Wayne DeAngelo, Joseph Egan and Nelson Albano all received endorsements on August 4. No Republicans were endorsed by the AFL-CIO.[10]


Egan and his wife, Yolanda, have four children.

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