John J. Burzichelli

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John J. Burzichelli
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 3rd Legislative District
Assumed office
January 8, 2002
Serving with Adam Taliaferro
Preceded byJack Collins
Gary Stuhltrager
Mayor of Paulsboro
In office
1996 – December 31, 2011
Preceded byJames A. Sabetta
Succeeded byW. Jeffery Hamilton
Personal details
Born (1954-11-14) November 14, 1954 (age 64)
Political partyDemocratic
ResidencePaulsboro, New Jersey
WebsiteLegislative webpage

John J. Burzichelli (born November 14, 1954) is an American Democratic Party politician, who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2002, where he represents the 3rd Legislative District. He has been the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly since 2006.

Political Career[edit]

Burzichelli was the Assistant Majority Leader during the 2004-05 session and has been the Assembly's Deputy Speaker since 2006. He serves on the Appropriations Committee (as chair), the Budget Committee (as vice-chair), the Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee, the Joint Budget Oversight Committee and the Legislative Services Commission.[1] Burzichelli had been the Mayor of Paulsboro from 1996 until 2011. From 2002 until 2011, he served as both mayor and Assemblyman which was allowed in New Jersey until 2007 when dual mandates were banned. Burzichelli was grandfathered under the law passed and allowed to continue serve in both posts until he stepped down from the mayoral post in 2011.[2] He was president of Paulsboro Chamber of Commerce and a member of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Executive Board.[1] In the 2011 apportionment based on the results of the 2010 United States Census, Republican Domenick DiCicco was moved from the 4th Legislative District into District 3. Burzichelli (with 25,172 votes) and Celeste Riley (23,960) won re-election, defeating DiCicco (20,268) and his running mate Bob Villare (20,528).[3] DiCicco's loss made his seat the only gain by the Democrats in the Assembly in the 2011 election cycle.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Burzichelli is a long-time resident of Paulsboro. His father, John D. Burzichelli also served as mayor of the borough. He is a 1972 graduate of Paulsboro High School.[5] Burzichelli makes a brief cameo in Kevin Smith's film Jersey Girl, parts of which were filmed in Paulsboro. He is owner / producer / distributor of Hill Studio & Scenic.[1] He is as a former movie producer and wrestling promoter. He owns a number of antique fire engines using them for both business (Hill Studio) and pleasure and is a member of the Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade. He also owns the remnants of the Ward LaFrance a now-defunct fire engine manufacturer. Several of his antique fire engines are Ward LaFrance models of varying years. Burzichelli co-authored the book Ward LaFrance Fire Trucks: 1918-1978 Photo Archive. One of his fire trucks, formerly owned by Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, is displayed on the cover. He is one of the founding members of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Paulsboro and a former President of the Greater Paulsboro Chamber of Commerce. Burzichelli is the co-host of the show Eye on Paulsboro which has been on cable for over 25 years.[6]

District 3[edit]

Each of the 40 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 3rd District for the 2016-2017 Legislative Session are:[7]


  1. ^ a b c Assemblyman Burzichelli's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed August 25, 2016.
  2. ^ via Associated Press. "N.J. Lawmakers keep double dipping", WPVI-TV, March 4, 2008. Accessed June 4, 2009.
  3. ^ Official List Candidate Returns for General Assembly For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 6, 2011. Accessed April 27, 2017.
  4. ^ Staff. "N.J. legislative elections results: Democrats fend off GOP funding, Christie campaigning", The Star-Ledger, November 9, 2011. Accessed December 12, 2011. "The Democrats' sole gain came thanks to redistricting. Assemblyman Domenick DiCicco (R-Gloucester), the only Republican to win a Democrat-held seat two years ago, was shifted into a district with two Democratic incumbents and immediately faced an uphill battle to stay in the Legislature."
  5. ^ Pensiero, Nicole (October 21, 1990). "Paulsboro Puts Its Pride On Line". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved August 28, 2015. Burzichelli, son of Paulsboro Mayor John D. Burzichelli, is one such believer. A 1972 graduate of Paulsboro High School, he knows his community well and is unflinching in his willingness to discuss the town's problems as well as its strengths.
  6. ^ Home page, Accessed January 16, 2014.
  7. ^ Legislative Roster 2016-2017 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed August 25, 2016.

External links[edit]

New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Jack Collins
Gary Stuhltrager
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 3rd District
January 8, 2002 – present
With: Douglas H. Fisher, Celeste Riley, Adam Taliaferro
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by
James A. Sabetta
Mayor of Paulsboro, New Jersey
1996 – December 31, 2011
Succeeded by
W. Jeffery Hamilton