|Mayor of Long Hill Township, New Jersey|
|Preceded by||David Welch|
|Succeeded by||George Vitureira|
Gina Rose Genovese
April 30, 1959
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
|Political party||Independent (2011–present)|
|Democratic (before 2011)|
|Profession||Small business owner|
Gina Rose Genovese (born April 30, 1959) is an American businesswoman, former professional tennis player and politician from New Jersey. In 2006, Genovese become the first Democratic Party mayor in Long Hill Township's history and the first openly gay mayor in the state of New Jersey. She was an Independent candidate in the 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial election.
Early life and education
Genovese was born on April 30, 1959 in Newark and raised in Union Township, Union County, New Jersey. At age 12, Genovese moved to Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. She graduated from Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey in 1977.
Professional tennis career
Genovese joined the Women’s Tennis Association circuit in 1980. After attaining a world ranking of 150, she was forced to retire in 1981 due to injury. In 1983, Genovese opened Gina's Tennis World in Berkeley Heights. She has coached over 25 nationally ranked players and continues to own and operate the club.
Mayoral term and 2007 state senate campaign
In 2004, Genovese ran for a seat on the Long Hill Township committee and defeated a four-time Republican incumbent, becoming the lone Democrat on the committee. In January 2006, Genovese was unanimously selected to become the township’s first Democratic mayor and the first openly gay mayor in New Jersey.
Genovese resigned from the committee in 2007 to unsuccessfully challenge Republican incumbent Thomas Kean Jr. for his seat in the New Jersey Senate representing the 21st Legislative District. Genovese was unopposed in the Democratic primary and received 20,092 votes to Kean's 29,795 in the general election.
Courage to Connect NJ
In 2009, after extensive research in the field of municipal consolidation, Genovese formed the non-partisan, non-profit organization Courage To Connect NJ, which encourages property tax reform in New Jersey. Genovese serves as the organization’s executive director and co-authored the Courage To Connect NJ Guidebook. She was an advocate of the 2013 merger of the Borough of Princeton and Princeton Township. In 2015, Genovese was presented the New Jersey Taxpayers’ Association Advocate Award in the category of Shared Services / Consolidation. In 2017, InsiderNJ included her in its Insider 100 Policymakers as "the state’s leading expert on municipal consolidation."
2017 New Jersey gubernatorial election
In April 2017, Genovese announced an Independent bid for New Jersey governor, dedicating her candidacy to property tax reform. On July 25, Genovese selected political operative Derel Stroud of Plainfield as her running mate. In the November 7, 2017 general election, she received 0.57% of the vote.
Genovese resides in Long Hill Township with her partner of 20 years, Wendy McCahill. The couple married in 2013.
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