33rd Legislative District (New Jersey)

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New Jersey's 33rd Legislative District
New Jersey Legislative Districts Map (2011) D33 hl.svg
Senator Brian P. Stack (D)
Assembly members Carmelo Garcia (D)
Raj Mukherji (D)
Population 224,489
Voting-age population 182,918

New Jersey's 33rd Legislative District is one of 40 in the state, covering the Hudson County municipalities of Hoboken, Union City, Weehawken, as well as portions of Jersey City as of the 2011 apportionment.[1] As of the 2010 United States Census, the district had a population of 224,489.[2] At 6.4 square miles (17 km2), the district has the smallest land area for a Legislative District.[3]

Demographic characteristics[edit]

The district is the smallest and most densely populated district in the state. The district has a majority Hispanic population, with 46% of the population being foreign born, the largest of any district.[4] It has a relative paucity of African Americans and senior citizens.[5]

Political representation[edit]

The district is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Brian P. Stack (D, Union City) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by Carmelo Garcia (D, Hoboken) and Raj Mukherji (D, Jersey City).[6]

Apportionment history[edit]

The 33rd District, since its creation in 1973 along with the 40-district legislative map in the state, has always consisted of most of the cities in northern Hudson County along the Hudson River. From 1973 until 2011, it consisted of all of Hoboken, Union City, Weehawken, West New York, and Guttenberg, and a portion of Jersey City.[7][8][9][10] In order to maintain a population close to one fortieth of the state's population, wards from Jersey City were added and removed as necessary to obtain this population count.

Guttenberg and West New York, which had been in the district since 1973, were shifted to the 32nd District.[11]

Election history[edit]

The 33rd District has been reliably Democratic for decades. with Republicans making brief inroads in the 1985 elections.[5]

Riding Governor of New Jersey Thomas Kean's wave of success in the 1985 elections, two Republicans won election, Jose Arango of West New York and Ronald Dario a resident of Union City. The two defeated Democratic incumbents Robert Ranieri and newcomer Mario R. Hernandez[12]

Bob Menendez was elevated to fill the Senate vacancy following the death of Christopher Jackman in January 1991.[13] Louis Romano was then chosen to fill the vacancy in the Assembly.[14]

After Robert Menendez was elected as U.S. Representative in November 1992, Assemblymember Bernard Kenny was chosen to fill Menendez's vacancy in the New Jersey Senate. In turn, Hudson County, New Jersey Democratic Party boss Bruce Walter picked Rudy Garcia in January 1993 to fill Kenny's now-vacant spot in the Assembly.[15]

In the June 1999 primaries, the Hudson County Democratic Party organization was looking for "new blood" and chose to give its official support to West New York mayor Albio Sires. Four-term incumbent Louis Romano ran in the Democratic primary and lost, making him the only one of the 80 incumbents in the Assembly to lose their primary bid.[16]

Assemblymember Rafael Fraguela was knocked off the ballot in 2003 by the Hudson County Democratic Party and chose to run for the Senate as a Republican against Bernard Kenny. Fraguela insisted that the Democrats "have been putting aside all the Hispanic Democratic candidates", while "The GOP has had open arms to the Hispanic community".[17]

Caridad Rodriguez resigned from office in May 2011 after winning a seat on the West New York, New Jersey Board of Commissioners.[18]

Senators and Assembly members elected from the district are as follows:[19]

Session State Senate Assembly
1974–1975 William Musto (D) Thomas Gallo (D) Christopher Jackman (D)
1976–1977 Thomas Gallo (D) Christopher Jackman (D)
1978–1979 William Musto (D) Thomas Gallo (D) Christopher Jackman (D)
1980–1981 Thomas Gallo (D) Christopher Jackman (D)
1982–1983 William Musto (D)[n 1] Thomas Gallo (D) Christopher Jackman (D)
Nicholas LaRocca (D)[n 2]
1984–1985 Christopher Jackman (D) Nicholas LaRocca (D) Robert Ranieri (D)
1986–1987 Ronald Dario (R) Jose Arango (R)
1988–1989 Christopher Jackman (D)[n 3] Bernard Kenny (D) Bob Menendez (D)
1990–1991 Bernard Kenny (D) Bob Menendez (D)[n 4]
Bob Menendez (D)[n 4] Louis Romano (D)[n 5]
1992–1993 Bob Menendez (D)[n 6] Bernard Kenny (D)[n 7] Louis Romano (D)
Bernard Kenny (D)[n 7] Rudy Garcia (D)[n 8]
1994–1995 Bernard Kenny (D) Rudy Garcia (D) Louis Romano (D)
1996–1997 Rudy Garcia (D) Louis Romano (D)
1998–1999 Bernard Kenny (D) Rudy Garcia (D) Louis Romano (D)
2000–2001 Rudy Garcia (D) Albio Sires (D)
2002–2003 Bernard Kenny (D) Rafael Fraguela (D) Albio Sires (D)
Rafael Fraguela (R)[n 9]
Rafael Fraguela (D)[n 10]
2004–2005 Bernard Kenny (D) Brian P. Stack Albio Sires
2006–2007 Brian P. Stack (D) Albio Sires (D)[n 11]
Silverio Vega (D)[n 12]
2008–2009 Brian P. Stack (D) Ruben J. Ramos (D) Caridad Rodriguez (D)
2010–2011 Ruben J. Ramos (D) Caridad Rodriguez (D)[n 13]
2012–2013 Brian P. Stack (D) Ruben J. Ramos (D) Sean Connors (D)
2014–2015 Brian P. Stack (D) Carmelo Garcia (D) Raj Mukherji (D)
  1. ^ Terminated from the Senate on May 10, 1982 upon his felony conviction for racketeering[20]
  2. ^ Elected to the Senate in June 1982 special election, sworn in on June 24, 1982
  3. ^ Died January 28, 1991
  4. ^ a b Appointed to the Senate on March 4, 1991
  5. ^ Appointed to the Assembly on April 8, 1991
  6. ^ Resigned December 17, 1992 following his election to Congress
  7. ^ a b Appointed to the Senate on January 25, 1993
  8. ^ Appointed to the Assembly on February 1, 1993
  9. ^ Switched party registration to Republican in April 2003[17]
  10. ^ Switched party registration to Democratic on December 18, 2003[21]
  11. ^ Resigned on November 13, 2006 upon his election to Congress
  12. ^ Appointed to the Assembly on December 11, 2006
  13. ^ Resigned May 17, 2011


  1. ^ Districts by Number, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 22, 2012.
  2. ^ DP-1: Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 - 2010 Demographic Profile Data for General Assembly District 33 (2010), United States Census Bureau. Accessed January 22, 2012.
  3. ^ "2012 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book Available for Order", Rutgers University Center for Government Services. Accessed December 13, 2014.
  4. ^ District 33 Profile, Rutgers University. Accessed June 4, 2010.
  5. ^ a b 2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book. Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. p. 144. 
  6. ^ Legislative Roster: 2014-2015 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed July 31, 2015.
  7. ^ "New Jersey Legislative Districts 1974–" (PDF). New Jersey Legislative Services Agency. 1973. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  8. ^ "New Jersey Legislative Districts" (PDF). 1981. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  9. ^ "1991 Legislative Districts" (PDF). 1991. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  10. ^ "2001 Legislative Districts" (PDF). 2001. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  11. ^ Municipalities Index, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 22, 2012.
  13. ^ Staff. "Menendez to Seek Congressional Seat", The New York Times, April 8, 1992. Accessed June 4, 2010.
  14. ^ Jackson, Herb. "BACKING FOR SIRES ", The Record (Bergen County), March 28, 1999. Accessed June 4, 2010.
  15. ^ Strunsky, Steve. "IN PERSON; A Former Sports Star Finds Politics A Rougher Field", The New York Times, October 22, 2000. Accessed June 4, 2010.
  16. ^ Staff. "Hudson County Assemblyman Defeated in Primary", The New York Times, June 9, 1999. Accessed June 6, 2010.
  17. ^ a b Archilla, Dylan M. "Fraguela jumps ship Deposed Democratic assemblyman to run as a Republican". Hudson Reporter. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  18. ^ Mestanza, Jean-Pierre. "Dr. Felix Roque, four other new commissioners take oaths in West New York Town Hall, then Roque is picked to be mayor", The Jersey Journal, May 18, 2011. Accessed May 24, 2011. "Commissioner Caridad Rodriguez, 62, who resigned from the state Assembly yesterday, will lead the Department of Revenue and Finance."
  19. ^ "NJ Election Information and Results Archive". Secretary of State of New Jersey. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  20. ^ Gettleman, Jeffrey (March 1, 2006). "William Musto, 88, a Mayor Re-elected on His Way to Jail, Is Dead". The New York Times. Retrieved July 31, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Assemblyman Fraguela Coming Home to the Democratic Roots". Politics NJ. December 18, 2003. Archived from the original on March 26, 2004. Retrieved July 31, 2015.