Ralph R. Caputo
|Ralph R. Caputo|
|Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 28th district
January 8, 2008
|Preceded by||Craig Stanley|
|Born||October 31, 1940|
|Residence||Belleville, New Jersey|
|Alma mater||Bloomfield College
Seton Hall University
|Website||Assemblyman Caputo's legislative webpage|
Ralph R. Caputo (born October 31, 1940) is an American Democratic Party politician, who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since January 8, 2008, where he represents the 28th legislative district. He had previously served in the Assembly from 1968-1972.
Caputo (along with C. Richard Fiore) was elected as a Republican to the State Assembly in 1967, defeating Eugene Molinaro and Warren Davis in the Republican primary and Democratic incumbents Armand Lembo and Joseph Biancardi. They represented Essex County's District 11C. Caputo and Fiore were re-elected in 1969 against Democrats Carmen Orechio and Joseph Iannuzzi. Caputo lost the backing of the Essex County Republican organization when he ran for a third term in 1971, and lost the GOP primary to Carl Orechio and John N. Dennis. 
Caputo serves in the Assembly on the Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee (as Vice-Chair) and on the Tourism and Gaming Committee.
He previously served on the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 2003-2011. Caputo represented Freeholder District 5 and served as Freeholder Vice President. Caputo served as the Acting and Assistant Superintendent for the Essex County Schools, as the Associate Superintendent of Schools for the Orange Board of Education, and as the Assistant Superintendent of the Essex County Vocational Technical Schools. He was an elementary school teacher with the Newark Public Schools.
From 2008-2011, Caputo simultaneously held his seat in the New Jersey General Assembly and as Freeholder. This dual position, often called double dipping, is allowed under a grandfather clause in the state law enacted by the New Jersey Legislature and signed into law by Governor of New Jersey Jon Corzine in September 2007 that prevents dual-office-holding but allows those who had held both positions as of February 1, 2008, to retain both posts.
Caputo received a B.A. from Bloomfield College with a major in History and Education, and was awarded a M.A. from Seton Hall University in Educational Administration. Caputo was a longtime resident of Belleville, New Jersey. However, after Belleville was removed from his district he moved to Nutley, New Jersey in order to seek reelection.
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 28th District for the 2008-2009 Legislative Session are:
- Assemblyman Caputo's legislative webpage, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed February 13, 2008.
- "1967 General Election Results". New Jersey Division of Elections. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
- "1971General Election Results". New Jersey Division of Elections. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
- Freeholder Vice President / District 5, Ralph R. Caputo, Essex County, New Jersey. Accessed February 13, 2008.
- via Associated Press. "N.J. Lawmakers keep double dipping", WPVI-TV, March 4, 2008. Accessed June 4, 2009.
- Assemblyman Caputo's legislative webpage, New Jersey Legislature
- New Jersey Legislature financial disclosure forms
- Assembly Majority Web site