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{{TOCnestright}}'''Thomas P. Giblin''' (b. January 15, 1947) is a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[New Jersey General Assembly]], representing District 34 since 2006.  He has served as [[State Assembly Deputy Majority Leader|Deputy Majority Leader]] since 2008.
{{TOCnestright}}'''Thomas P. Giblin''' (b. January 15, 1947) is a [[Democratic Party|Democratic]] member of the [[New Jersey General Assembly]], representing District 34.  He was first elected to the chamber in 2005.  He has served as [[State Assembly Deputy Majority Leader|Deputy Majority Leader]] since 2008.

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Thomas Giblin
New Jersey General Assembly District 34
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
Bachelor'sSeton Hall University
Date of birth01/15/1947
Place of birthEast Orange, NJ
ProfessionLabor Union Officer, Local 68 Operating Engineers
Office website
Campaign website
Thomas P. Giblin (b. January 15, 1947) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 34. He was first elected to the chamber in 2005. He has served as Deputy Majority Leader since 2008.


Giblin earned his B.A. in Political Science from Seton Hall University. Ribs served in the New Jersey Air National Guard from 1966 to 1972 and attained the rate of Staff Sergeant.[1]

Committee assignments



Assemblyman Giblin interviewing Gov. Brendan T. Byrne

  • A2407 Provides for the establishment of fiscal management and accountability standards at public research universities and State colleges.
  • A2549 "Nursing Faculty Incentive Loan and Loan Redemption Program Act"; appropriates $1 million.
  • A3803 Prohibits cruel restraint and confinement of dogs.[2]

National Political Awareness Test

Giblin's answers to the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are available. The test provides a candidate's views on a number of major issues. He did not answer the question asking his top priorities.[3]



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Giblin ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 34. Giblin was bracketed with Sheila Y. Oliver and defeated Rayfield Morton, Anthony Moye, Beverly K. Williams, Denise Baskerville, and Clenard H. Childress, Jr. in the June 4 Democratic primary. He is challenged by David Rios (R), Michael Urciouli (R), and incumbent Sheila Y. Oliver (D) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[4] [5]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 34, Democratic Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSheila Oliver Incumbent 37% 10,820
Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Giblin Incumbent 33.6% 9,808
Denise Baskerville 10.3% 2,996
Beverly Williams 9.6% 2,797
Rayfield Morton 4.5% 1,303
Anthony Moye 4.2% 1,240
Clenard Childress 0.9% 264
Total Votes 29,228


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Giblin won re-election in 2011. He and incumbent Sheila Oliver ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Steve Farrell, Joan Salensky, Clenard Childress, and David Taylor in the November 8 general election.[6]

New Jersey General Assembly District 34 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Giblin Incumbent 39.1% 16,285
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSheila Oliver Incumbent 37.1% 15,462
     Republican Steve Farrell 10.2% 4,270
     Republican Joan Salensky 10.2% 4,251
     Independent Clenard Childress 2% 813
     Independent David Taylor 1.4% 586
Total Votes 41,667


Giblin successfully won re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election. He was bracketed with Sheila Oliver and defeated Republican challengers Michael Mecca, III and Matthew Tyhala, and A Better Tomorrow challengers Clenard Childress, Jr. and David Taylor, Jr..[7][8]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Thirty-Fourth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sheila Y. Oliver (D) 30,379
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas P. Giblin (D) 29,695
Michael G. Mecca, III (R) 12,867
Matthew Tyahla (R) 11,889

Campaign donors


In 2011, Giblin received $352,852 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]

New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Thomas Giblin's campaign in 2011
Operating Engineers Local 825$16,400
Seiu Nys PAC$5,000
1199 Seiu United Healthcare Workers East$5,000
New Jersey Education Association$5,000
Total Raised in 2011 $352,852
Total Votes received in 2011 16,285
Cost of each vote received $21.67


Below are Giblin's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:[10]

Contributor 2009 total
Heavy & General Construction Laborers Local 472 $12,300
Sheet Metal Workers Local 25 $7,200
International Brotherhood Of Teamsters $5,000
Longshoremens Association $5,000
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 819 $4,000



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.[11]

Although their endorsements were voted down, Sweeney and Norcross just barely missed the mark. A two-thirds vote of the endorsement convention is needed to bestow an official endorsement. Sweeney and Norcross fell short with 61% and 59%, respectively.[11]

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.[11]


Giblin and his wife have five children.

Giblin served as chair of the Essex County Democratic Committee from 1993-2002, and the state chair for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee from 1997-2001. He is currently a trustee with the Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation, and an advisory board member for the Saint Vincent Academy of Newark.[12]

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