Nelson Albano

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Nelson Albano
New Jersey General Assembly District 1
In office
2006 - Present
Term ends
January 2014
Years in position 9
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2005
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Date of birth03/11/1954
ProfessionShop Steward
Office website
Campaign website
Nelson Albano (b. March 4, 1954) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 1st District. He has served since 2006. Albano currently serves as Deputy Majority Conference Leader.

Albano attended Sacred Heart High School in Vineland and received his Journeymanship in electrical trades from Cumberland County Technical School. His commercial experience includes working as shop steward at Village Supermarkets in Vineland, and membership in the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.

Committee assignments




See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Albano ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 1. Albano is bracketed with Bob Andrzejczak. He was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. He is challenged by Samuel Fiocchi (R) and Kristine Gabor (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[1][2][3]


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Albano won re-election in 2011. He was bracketed with incumbent Matthew Milam in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They won unopposed in the primary. They then defeated Suzanne Walters and Samuel Fiocchi in the November 8 general election.[4]

New Jersey General Assembly District 1 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNelson Albano Incumbent 27.9% 24,794
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMatthew Milam Incumbent 25% 22,207
     Republican Samuel Fiocchi 23.8% 21,156
     Republican Suzanne Walters 23.4% 20,810
Total Votes 88,967


PolitickerNJ notes that District 1 appears to have Republican leanings--on paper. However, strong historical support for Senator Jeff Van Drew (D) calls the predictive power of these figures into question. However, NJSpotlight notes that Republicans seem to be focused on reclaiming the district's assembly seats. Nevertheless, redistricting weakened the Republican base in District 1.[5][6]


Running for re-election in the 2009 general election, Albano defeated challengers Michael Donohue and John A. McCann. He was bracketed with Matthew Milam.[7]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, First Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Nelson Albano (D) 32,375
Green check mark transparent.png Matthew Milam (D) 29,810
Michael J. Donohue (R) 27,705
John A. McCann (R) 26,778

Campaign donors


In 2011, Albano received $95,040 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Nelson Albano's campaign in 2011
New Jersey Education Association$13,200
Keeping America Competitive$8,200
Election Fund Of Louis Greenwald$8,200
Communications Workers New Jersey$8,200
United Food & Commercial Workers International Union$6,700
Total Raised in 2011 $95,040
Total Votes received in 2011 24,794
Cost of each vote received $3.83


Assemblyman Albano discussing illegal beach dumping


  • A4033 Penalties certain activities; prohibits holding more than one elective public office; addresses activities during and after elective public office; restricts campaign contribution use; restricts certain benefits; regulates gifts to public officials.
  • A3516 Prohibits businesses that outsource jobs overseas from receiving State contracts or grants; prohibits investment of State funds in such businesses.
  • A2983 Revises animal cruelty offenses concerning abuse, abandonment, neglect, and improper euthanizing of animals, increases criminal and civil penalties therefore; establishes such penalties for new offenses; repeals conflicting sections of law.
  • A2517 The "New Jersey Homeownership Preservation Act."[9]

Campaign themes


On their shared campaign website, Albano, Bob Andrzejczak, and Sen. Jeff Van Drew list five major themes of their campaign:[10]

  • Protect South Jersey jobs and grow our state economy
Excerpt: "Nelson and Matt are working to help small business owners by eliminating exorbitant fees, cutting red tape and providing other incentives."
  • Cap state spending and relieve the burden on hardworking taxpayers
Excerpt: "Families across New Jersey are tightening their belts to live within their means—and it’s time state government did the same. Nelson and Matt support a state spending cap because they don’t want to see our tax dollars going toward wasteful pet projects."
  • Prohibit politicians from accepting gifts from lobbyists
Excerpt: "Nelson and Matt are neighbors, community leaders and small business owners—not career politicians. That’s why they support legislation that prohibits politicians from accepting gifts from lobbyists. Working alongside Jeff Van Drew, they are advocating for tougher election laws to keep corruption out of our state government."
  • Bring home South Jersey’s fair share of state resources and money
Excerpt: "...Nelson and Matt are a powerful voice making sure we get our fair share of state resources. They’ve secured funding for tourism, open space preservation and economic development and will continue to advocate for critical projects, such as additional tourism funding to support the local economy in Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland counties."
  • Improve access to affordable health care and prescription drugs
Excerpt: "Health care is a right, not a privilege—and tough economic times should not mean our children, families and seniors are denied they quality care they deserve.


On Wednesday, October 21, the District 1 legislative candidates took part in a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

  • Video of the debate can be found here.


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.[6]

Four Assembly Democrats (also union officials) who voted against the revocation of bargaining rights received enthusiastic endorsements-- Albano, Wayne DeAngelo, Thomas Giblin and Joseph Egan all received endorsements on August 4.[6]

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.[6]


Albano's 19 year old son was killed by a drunk driver in 2001, inspiring him to seek public office.

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