Paul Moriarty (born September 25, 1956, Salem, Massachusetts) is an American Democratic Party politician, who serves in the New Jersey General Assembly where he represents the 4th Legislative District, having taken office on January 10, 2006.
He has been a resident of Washington Township, Gloucester County, New Jersey since 1996. He and his wife Lisa have a daughter, Meghan.
On July 31, 2012, Moriarty was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated in Washington Township, NJ. He has disputed the charge saying "I had consumed no alcoholic beverages, and this entire episode was an abuse of power."
Moriarty worked as an investigative journalist at KYW-CBS-3 for 17 years protecting consumer rights and investigating unscrupulous or unethical businesses. Before KYW-CBS 3, Moriarty was a news producer at WCAU-TV.
Moriarty's has earned over 30 Emmy Awards, honors from the National Press Association, the Associated Press and the Radio-Television News Directors Association. He was a member of American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) for 20 years while working as a journalist. He served six years as a shop steward, and is a strong believer in the collective bargaining process.
Mayor of Washington Township
Running on a platform of open government, property tax relief, and the elimination of waste and inefficiency, Moriarty was elected Mayor of Washington Township in November 2004, representing 25% of the voters in the 4th district, with overwhelming, bipartisan support. He garnered 60% of the vote in a hotly contested four-way race in which Republican voters were sharply divided.
He was Mayor of Washington Township, Gloucester County, from 2004-2008. After forming a recall committee, on June 9, 2006, a Washington Township resident filed a petition to recall Moriarty from his post as mayor, with the goal of placing the initiative on the November 2006 general election ballot based on obtaining the requisite number of about 8,000 signatures needed for recall. The recall effort was ultimately unsuccessful.
Moriarty was elected to the Assembly on November 8, 2005, filling the seat of fellow Democrat Robert J. Smith II, who did not run for re-election and had held the seat in the Assembly since 2000.
In the Assembly, Moriarty serves on the Consumer Affairs Committee (Chair), the Education Committee and the Law and Public Safety Committee.
In Trenton, Moriarty has stated that he plans to fight to protect property tax rebates, restore fiscal accountability through comprehensive department-by-department audits and ensure that children are getting the best quality public education.
On June 1, 2006, Assemblyman Moriarty, along with State Senator Stephen M. Sweeney (D, 3rd legislative district) and fellow Assembly Democrat Jerry Green (D, 22nd legislative district), held a press conference to announce their support for significant cuts to New Jersey state worker salaries and benefits of up to 15%. This effort was proposed to avoid a one-point increase in the state's sales tax designed to cover a multi-billion dollar gap in the state's budget. Significant negative reaction from the state's labor unions resulted primarily because of Sweeney's position as an Ironworkers business agent and treasurer from Gloucester County for Ironworker's Local 399, and also due to his position as the chairman of the Senate Labor committee which controls most labor-related bills, but also because of Moriarty's history as an AFTRA shop steward and stated support of the collective bargaining process.
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 4th District for the 2014-2015 Legislative Session are:
- Assemblyman Moriarty's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed March 14, 2008.
- Moran, Robert "N.J. assemblyman disputes DUI charge"
- Staff. "Democrat Moriarty Elected Mayor in Washington Twp., Party also controls council with help of GOP defections", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 3, 2004. Accessed September 6, 2011. "Capitalizing on a split in the local Republican Party, political newcomer Paul Moriarty and his running mates scored a dramatic Democratic sweep yesterday in a hotly contested and sometimes vitriolic election in Washington Township."
- Nguyen, Anna. "Wash. Twp. mayor recall bid starts", Courier-Post, July 8, 2006. Accessed September 6, 2011.
- Nguyen, Anna. "Wash. Twp. mayor: I'm walking the walk", Courier-Post, December 9, 2006. Accessed September 6, 2011. "'If he can sit in his office, he can sit with the council to answer questions from residents', said Mordente, who launched an unsuccessful bid to recall Moriarty that ended in November."
- Volpe, Gregory J. "Lawmakers urge cuts for state workers", Asbury Park Press, June 2, 2006. Accessed August 8, 2007. "Sen. Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, and Assemblymen Jerry Green, D-Union, and Paul Moriarty, D-Gloucester, unleashed a series of proposals Thursday to curb spending on state workers, which sparked immediate outcry from labor groups."
- Legislative Roster 2014-2015 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 16, 2014.
- Assemblyman Moriarty's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature
- New Jersey Legislature financial disclosure forms
- Assembly Member Paul D. Moriarty, Project Vote Smart
- Initiatives to Curb Excessive State Employee Compensation
- Madden, Moriarty, Mosquera Campaign Website