Thomas P. Giblin

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Thomas P. Giblin (born January 15, 1947) is an American Democratic Party politician, who serves in the New Jersey General Assembly where he represents the 34th legislative district, having taken office on January 10, 2006. His father, John J. Giblin, a labor leader, served as a New Jersey state senator and as an Essex County freeholder.

Giblin lost his first campaign for public office, a bid for the Assembly in 1973. His Republican opponents were Thomas H. Kean and Jane Burgio.

Giblin was elected to the Assembly on November 8, 2005, filling the seat of fellow Democrat Peter C. Eagler, who had held the seat in the Assembly since 2002 and was knocked off the legislative slate.[1]

Giblin serves in the Assembly on the Regulated Professions Committee (as Vice-Chair), the Higher Education Committee and the Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee.[2]

Giblin is a Democratic Party leader and a longtime union leader in New Jersey. He previously served as a member of the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1982–1990 and from 1977–1978, and as the Essex County Surrogate from 1990-1993. He was a longtime chairman of the Essex County Democratic Committee and served four years as chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee. He ran unsuccessfully for County Executive of Essex County in 1994 and 2002. Giblin served on the New Jersey Real Estate Commission from 1979-82.[2]

He served in the New Jersey Air National Guard from 1966–1972, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant.[2]

In December 1996, Giblin was a member of the New Jersey State Electoral College, one of 15 electors casting their votes for the Clinton/Gore ticket.[3]

Giblin received a B.A. from Seton Hall University in Political Science and has done Post-Graduate Studies at Seton Hall University and Rutgers University.[2]

On November 20, 2006, investigators from the United States Postal Inspection Service and the United States Department of Labor raided Giblin's office as part of an undisclosed investigation, seizing documents and computer data.[4]

District 34[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 34th District for the 2008-2009 Legislative Session are:


  1. ^ Brubaker, Paul. "Giblin focusing forward: 34th District candidate is on the move toward Dem primary", The Montclair Times, May 4, 2005. Accessed April 11, 2008. "Despite what some local offline Democratic candidates have said after incumbent Assemblyman Peter Eagler, D-34, was bumped off of the party line in favor of Giblin, Giblin maintains he is not part of a political machine."
  2. ^ a b c d Assemblyman Giblin's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed April 11, 2008.
  3. ^ 1996 Electoral College Votes, accessed December 21, 2006
  4. ^ Union offices raided, The Courier-Post, November 21, 2006

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Party political offices
Preceded by
B. Thomas Byrne, Jr.


Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee
1997 – 2001
Succeeded by
Joseph J. Roberts