Joseph Pennacchio

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Joseph "Joe" Pennacchio (born May 27, 1955) is an American Republican Party politician, who has served in the New Jersey Senate since January 8, 2008, where he represents the 26th Legislative District. He served in the General Assembly from 2001 to 2008.


Pennacchio serves in the New Jersey State Senate on the Budget Committee and the Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee. He was a member of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, where he was the Republican Appropriations Officer from 2004 to 2007. Pennacchio was also a member of the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee.[1]

Pennacchio was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in February 2001 by a special convention of district Republicans to fill the seat vacated by Carol Murphy following her nomination by Acting Governor of New Jersey Donald DiFrancesco to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities.[2]

Pennacchio served on the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1998 to 2001 and is a former member of Governor DiFrancesco's New Jersey Economic Development Authority.[1] He is the founder and a former member of the Montville Education Foundation, and a former member of the Montville Economic Development Council.

Pennacchio received a B.S. in 1976 from Brooklyn College in Biology and received his D.D.S. degree in 1979 from the New York University College of Dentistry.[1] He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and currently resides in Montville.[3]

On January 17, 2008, Pennacchio launched his campaign for the 2008 United States Senate race.[4] On June 3, 2008 he was defeated in the Republican primary by former Congressman Dick Zimmer.

District 26[edit]

Each of the forty districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 26th District for the 2012-13 Legislative Session are:[5]

Nationalist Agenda[edit]

In 1991, Pennacchio sent a 94-page white paper called the "Nationalist Agenda"[6] to then-New Jersey General Assembly minority leader Chuck Haytaian.[7] The manifesto, among other things, calls for a new "Nationalist Party," a Balanced Budget Amendment; Line-item veto Amendment; Term Length/Limit Amendment (Six-year terms for presidents, senators, and congressmen and twelve-year term limits for each office); Anti-Racism Amendment; Amend the 2nd Amendment to allow for regulation and banning of certain guns and ammunition; Death Penalty Amendment (make murder a federal crime and insure that the death penalty is allowed); Equal Rights Amendment (albeit slightly amended); Flag-Burning Amendment; abolition of the Electoral College; establishment of regional presidential primaries; Establishment of a federal "Department of Science"; A national lottery (funded by voluntary $52-per-year contributions on tax returns. Only those participating would be eligible to win), school vouchers; reforms to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid,and Welfare Reform; letting the homeless stay in military bases[8][9] and mandatory military service for non-violent criminals.[10] This has been referred to by his primary opponent as a "fascist manifesto" and Sabrin had called for him to drop out of the Senate race and resign from the State Senate.[11] Pennacchio refused to drop out and says that these are ideas he came up with before he ran for office and that he has "evolved" beyond many of them.[12] Pennacchio described these attacks as "anti-Italian". Despite these attacks Pennacchio bested Sabrin by a wide margin.

Election history[edit]

New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joseph Pennacchio (incumbent) 20,230 64.3
Democratic Wasim Khan 10,317 32.8
Independent Joseph Scafa 913 2.9
Republican hold
New Jersey State Senate elections, 2007[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joseph Pennacchio 26,567 66.4
Democratic Wasim Khan 13,442 33.6
Republican hold


  1. ^ a b c Senator Pennacchio's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 21, 2008.
  2. ^ "Pennacchio joins Assembly", The Star-Ledger, March 9, 2001. Accessed August 17, 2007. "Pennacchio, who will resign his freeholder position next Thursday, replaces Republican Assemblywoman Carol Murphy, also of Montville, who recently was appointed to the state Board of Public Utilities."
  3. ^ Assembly Member Joseph 'Joe' Pennacchio, Project Vote Smart. Accessed August 17, 2007.
  4. ^ Legislator enters U.S. Senate primary, Philadelphia Inquirer, January 18, 2008. Accessed January 18, 2008.
  5. ^ Legislative Roster 2012-2013 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed June 24, 2012.
  6. ^ Pennacchio, Joseph (2008-03-17). "Nationalist Agenda, "A blue print for the 21st century"". Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  7. ^ Friedman, Matt (2008-03-17). "Jersey Joe's '91 "Nationalist Agenda"". PolitickerNJ. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  8. ^ Kraushaar, Josh (2008-03-19). "Morning Campaign Roundup". The Politico (CBS News). Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  9. ^ Friedman, Matt (2008-03-18). "GOP Senate Candidate Published "Nationalist Agenda," Wanted Homeless Put In Military Camps". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2008-03-20. 
  10. ^ Stile, Charles (2008-03-20). "Stile: Joe may be what Dems hope for". Retrieved 2008-03-20. [dead link]
  11. ^ Friedman, Matt (2008-03-17). "Sabrin calls for Pennacchio to drop out". PolitickerNJ. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  12. ^ Friedman, Matt (March 17, 2008). "Pennacchio: What of it?". PolitickerNJ. Retrieved March 17, 2008. 
  13. ^ Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed June 24, 2012.
  14. ^ Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2007 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 3, 2007. Accessed June 24, 2012.

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