Ralph Caputo

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Ralph Caputo
New Jersey General Assembly District 28
In office
2008 - Present
Term ends
January 2014
Years in position 6
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2007
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBloomfield College
Master'sSeton Hall University
Office website
Ralph Caputo is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 28th District since 2008.

Caputo earned his Bachelor of Arts in social sciences from Bloomfield College, his Graduate Certification (Supervisor) in education from Kean University (then Newark State College), and his Master of Arts in educational administration from Seton Hall University. He is also currently Vice President and District 5 Representative of the Essex County Board of Freeholders.[1]

Committee assignments




See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Caputo ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 28. Caputo is bracketed with Cleopatra G. Tucker. He was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. He is challenged by James Boydston (R) and Peter S. Manning (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[2]


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Caputo won re-election in 2011. He and incumbent Cleopatra Tucker were bracketed together and defeated Michael Frazzano in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Carol Humphreys and Sajda Barlas in the November 8 general election.[3]

Following redistricting, Caputo moved his residence from Belleville to Nutley in order to be able to run again in the 28th district.[4]

New Jersey General Assembly District 28 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCleopatra Tucker Incumbent 38.2% 14,002
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRalph Caputo Incumbent 37.6% 13,786
     Republican Carol Humphreys 12.6% 4,607
     Republican David Pinckney 11.6% 4,258
Total Votes 36,653


Running for re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election, Caputo received 25,480 votes (40%), defeating Republican challengers Herbert Glenn and Andrew Bloschak.[5] He was bracketed with Cleopatra Tucker.[6]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Twenty-Eighth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Cleopatra G. Tucker (D) 25,975
Green check mark transparent.png Ralph R. Caputo (D) 25,172
Herbert Glenn (R) 6,477
Andrew Bloschak (R) 6,053

Campaign donors


In 2011, Caputo received $202,786 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ralph Caputo's campaign in 2011
New Jersey State Laborers$8,200
New Jersey Education Pac$5,000
New Jersey Education Association$5,000
New Jersey Association Of Realtors$3,400
New Jersey Liquor Store Alliance$2,100
Total Raised in 2011 $202,786
Total Votes received in 2011 13,786
Cost of each vote received $14.71


Below are Caputo's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:[8]

Contributor 2009 total
Add Funds Transferred From Prior Campaign $47,649
New Jersey Education Association $5,000
New Jersey Association Of Realtors $2,900
Zois, Christ $2,600
Khawly, Roosey $2,600


  • A2937 Requires public schools to include instruction on caffeine-related health issues as part of the Core Curriculum Content Standards in Comprehensive Health and Physical Education.
  • A3813 Requires criminal history record check of school district volunteers.
  • A2522 Permits exemption from mandatory immunization for students in writing for any reason.
  • A4072 Prohibits certain sales of alcoholic beverages within 1,000 feet of schools or religious institutions.[9]



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Caputo and his wife, Celeste, have two adult sons: Gregory and Gerard.

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