March 17, 2009
|Preceded by||Rick Merkt|
|Republican Whip of the
New Jersey General Assembly
2010 – current
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from 's New Jersey General Assembly district
April 12, 1962|
Boonton, New Jersey
|Residence||Boonton Township, New Jersey|
|Alma mater||Boonton High School, Lycoming College, Seton Hall Law School|
Anthony Mark Bucco (born April 12, 1962) is an American Republican Party politician who serves in the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 25th legislative district. Bucco is an attorney who currently serves on the Morris County Republican Committee as its general counsel. He replaced retiring incumbent Assemblyman Rick Merkt in January 2010.
Tony Bucco is the son of current New Jersey Senator Anthony R. Bucco and his wife Helen. He is a lifelong resident of the Boonton, New Jersey area who attended Boonton High School. He and his wife Amy have six children.
Bucco attended Lycoming College and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and managerial economics. He then graduated from Seton Hall Law School and was admitted to the bar. Bucco has spent over twenty years as a municipal attorney in private practice, specializing in local government law. He is currently a partner in the law firm of Johnson, Murphy, Hubner, McKeon, Wubbenhorst, Bucco and Appelt, P.C. Although he has never held elective office, he has been involved in state issues such as the Highlands Act and affordable housing laws by representing municipalities on those issues in court.
Bucco has served in the Boonton Volunteer Fire Department for 28 years, attaining the rank of Captain. Bucco has been involved in fighting alcohol and drug abuse, having served on the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse since 1998, and helped found Daytop New Jersey, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center for teenagers, later serving on the organization's board of directors. He is also one of 22 commissioners of the Morris County Sheriff's CrimeStoppers program, and has served in that capacity since 1999.
After Assemblyman Rick Merkt announced that he would run for the Republican nomination for Governor of New Jersey rather than seek re-election in 2009, Bucco announced that he would run for Merkt's seat, which was previously held by his father from 1995-1998. Bucco's brother-in-law, Morris County freeholder Douglas Cabana, also announced his candidacy. Cabana's campaign emphasized his many years in elective office as a Boonton Township Councilman, Boonton Township Mayor, and freeholder, contrasting this with Bucco's lack of experience in elective office. Bucco countered by accusing Cabana of running a negative campaign, pointing to a Cabana mailer containing "unpleasant photos" of Bucco and "some misinformation." Bucco defeated Cabana by less than 800 votes in the Republican primary. He and running mate Michael Patrick Carroll, a veteran assemblyman, won easily in the general election in the heavily Republican 25th district.
- Ragonese, Lawrence. "A new Trenton team: The Buccos", The Star-Ledger, November 7, 2009. Accessed July 19, 2011. "Father and son. Senator and assemblyman-elect. Anthony Bucco and Anthony Bucco Jr. The Buccos will serve together in the Legislature after the younger Bucco takes the oath of office Jan. 12, the result of his win Tuesday in Morris County’s 25th District. The Republican duo will join the small club of parent-child legislators who have served together in New Jersey.... Tony Sr., now 71, was first running for alderman in Boonton when his son was getting elected class president at Boonton High School."
- Ragonese, Lawrence (2009-05-24). "Family feud in 25th District Assembly race in Morris County". The Star-Ledger.
- Garber, Phil. "25th District Assembly and senate Independents clash with Republican incumbents", New Jersey Hills, October 25, 2013. Accessed November 13, 2013. "In the Senate race, Independent Maureen Castriotta of the Landing section of Roxbury Township is vying for the four-year seat of Republican Sen. Anthony “Tony” Bucco of Boonton Township.... They are competing against incumbents Michael Patrick Carroll of Morris Plains and Anthony M. Bucco of Boonton Township for the two two-year terms at stake."
- Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature
- New Jersey Legislature financial disclosure forms