33rd Legislative District (New Jersey)

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New Jersey's 33th Legislative district
Census Bureau map of New Jersey's 33rd Legislative District.gif
New Jersey State Senator Brian P. Stack
New Jersey General Assemblymembers Ruben J. Ramos and Sean Connors
Demographics 62.7% White
5.2% Black/African American
0.9% Native American
10.5% Asian
0.0% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
20.6% Other race
54.2% Hispanic
Population 224,489
Voting-age population 182,918

New Jersey's 33rd Legislative District is one of 40 in the state, covering the Hudson County municipalities of Hoboken, Union City, Weehawken, as well as portions of Jersey City as of the 2011 apportionment.[1] As of the 2010 United States Census, the district had a population of 224,489.[2]

Guttenberg and West New York, which had been in the district as part of the 2001 apportionment following the 2000 United States Census, were shifted to the 32nd District.[3]

Demographic characteristics[edit]

The district is the smallest and most densely populated district in the state. The district has a majority Hispanic population, with 46% of the population being foreign born, the largest of any district.[4] It has a relative paucity of African Americans and senior citizens.[5]

Political representation[edit]

The district is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Brian P. Stack (D, Union City) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by Ruben J. Ramos (D), Hoboken) and Sean Connors (D), Jersey City).[6]

Election history[edit]

The 33rd District has been reliably Democratic for decades. with Republicans making brief inroads in the 1985 elections.[5]

Riding Governor of New Jersey Thomas Kean's wave of success in the 1985 elections, two Republicans won election, Jose Arango of West New York and Ronald Dario a resident of Union City. The two defeated Democratic incumbents Robert Ranieri and newcomer Mario R. Hernandez[7]

Bob Menendez was elevated to fill the Senate vacancy following the death of Christopher Jackman in January 1991.[8] Louis Romano was then chosen to fill the vacancy in the Assembly.[9]

After Robert Menendez was elected as U.S. Representative in November 1992, Assemblymember Bernard Kenny was chosen to fill Menendez's vacancy in the New Jersey Senate. In turn, Hudson County, New Jersey Democratic Party boss Bruce Walter picked Rudy Garcia in January 1993 to fill Kenny's now-vacant spot in the Assembly.[10]

In the June 1999 primaries, the Hudson County Democratic Party organization was looking for "new blood" and chose to give its official support to West New York mayor Albio Sires. Four-term incumbent Louis Romano ran in the Democratic primary and lost, making him the only one of the 80 incumbents in the Assembly to lose their primary bid.[11]

Assemblymember Rafael Fraguela was knocked off the ballot in 2003 by the Hudson County Democratic Party and chose to run for the Senate as a Republican against Bernard Kenny. Fraguela insisted that the Democrats "have been putting aside all the Hispanic Democratic candidates", while "The GOP has had open arms to the Hispanic community".[12]

Caridad Rodriguez resigned from office in May 2011 after winning a seat on the West New York, New Jersey Board of Commissioners.[13]

Session State Senate[14] Assembly[15]
1976-1977 William Musto Thomas Gallo Christopher Jackman
1978-1979 William Musto Thomas Gallo Christopher Jackman
1980-1981 William Musto Thomas Gallo Christopher Jackman
1982-1983 William Musto Thomas Gallo Christopher Jackman
1984-1985 Christopher Jackman Nicholas LaRocca Robert Ranieri
1986-1987 Christopher Jackman Ronald Dario Jose Arango
1988-1989 Christopher Jackman Bernard Kenny Bob Menendez
1990-1991 Christopher Jackman Bernard Kenny Bob Menendez
1992-1993 Bob Menendez Bernard Kenny Louis Romano
1994-1995 Bernard Kenny Rudy Garcia Louis Romano
1996-1997 Bernard Kenny Rudy Garcia Louis Romano
1998-1999 Bernard Kenny Rudy Garcia Louis Romano
2000-2001 Bernard Kenny Rudy Garcia Albio Sires
2002-2003 Bernard Kenny Rafael Fraguela Albio Sires
2004-2005 Bernard Kenny Brian P. Stack Albio Sires
2006-2007 Bernard Kenny Brian P. Stack Albio Sires
2008-2009 Brian P. Stack Ruben J. Ramos Caridad Rodriguez
2010-2011 Brian P. Stack Ruben J. Ramos Caridad Rodriguez
2012-2013 Brian P. Stack Ruben J. Ramos Sean Connors


  1. ^ Districts by Number, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 22, 2012.
  2. ^ DP-1: Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 - 2010 Demographic Profile Data for General Assembly District 33 (2010), United States Census Bureau. Accessed January 22, 2012.
  3. ^ Municipalities Index, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 22, 2012.
  4. ^ District 33 Profile, Rutgers University. Accessed June 4, 2010.
  5. ^ a b 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book. Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. p. 144. 
  6. ^ Legislative Roster: 2012-2013 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 22, 2012.
  8. ^ Staff. "Menendez to Seek Congressional Seat", The New York Times, April 8, 1992. Accessed June 4, 2010.
  9. ^ Jackson, Herb. "BACKING FOR SIRES ", The Record (Bergen County), March 28, 1999. Accessed June 4, 2010.
  10. ^ Strunsky, Steve. "IN PERSON; A Former Sports Star Finds Politics A Rougher Field", The New York Times, October 22, 2000. Accessed June 4, 2010.
  11. ^ Staff. "Hudson County Assemblyman Defeated in Primary", The New York Times, June 9, 1999. Accessed June 6, 2010.
  12. ^ Archilla, Dylan M. "Fraguela jumps ship Deposed Democratic assemblyman to run as a Republican", Hudson Reporter, April 11, 2003. Accessed June 6, 2010.
  13. ^ Mestanza, Jean-Pierre. "Dr. Felix Roque, four other new commissioners take oaths in West New York Town Hall, then Roque is picked to be mayor", The Jersey Journal, May 18, 2011. Accessed May 24, 2011. "Commissioner Caridad Rodriguez, 62, who resigned from the state Assembly yesterday, will lead the Department of Revenue and Finance."
  14. ^ NJ Senate 33 - History, OurCampaigns.com. Accessed June 5, 2010.
  15. ^ NJ Assembly 33 - History, OurCampaigns.com. Accessed June 4, 2010.