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|Candidate for |
New Jersey State Senate District 16
|Ph.D.||Southwestern University School of Law|
Vella is an attorney, and is the owner of Law Offices of Maureen E. Vella, P.A. She is an Accredited Professional Mediator and Certified Collaborative Lawyer. She is also a teacher of Religious Formation at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Three Bridges.
Vella graduated from Rutgers University with degrees in English and Sociology. She received her Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law.
- See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011
Vella was defeated in the 2011 election for New Jersey Senate District 16. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 7, 2011. Vella was defeated by Republican incumbent Christopher Bateman in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011. 
|New Jersey State Senate District 16 General Election, 2011|
|Republican||Christopher Bateman Incumbent||54.6%||21,040|
On April 21, 2011, an Administrative Law Judge ruled in favor of Vella, reversing a previous decision by the Division of Elections to throw out 39 contested signatures. The restoration of these signatures put Vella over the edge of 100 required certification signatures, allowing her to remain on the ballot.  Vella is one of two individuals who will remain on the ballot after a petition challenge was filed against them. Thus far, Samuel Torres is the only other candidate to survive a petition challenge.
Vella was endorsed by:
- NJSpotlight, "Candidates: Legislative District 16," November 3, 2011
- NJSpotlight, "Legislative District 16," October 12, 2011
- Maureen Vella for Senate
- Somerset County Democrats
- Project Vote Smart biography of Maureen Vella
- Maureen Vella for Senate on Facebook
- 16th District Democrats on Facebook