Ruben J. Ramos

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Ruben J. Ramos
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 33rd Legislative District district
In office
January 8, 2008 – January 14, 2014
Preceded bySilverio Vega
Succeeded byCarmelo Garcia
Personal details
Born (1973-12-30) December 30, 1973 (age 46)
Hoboken, New Jersey
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Norma Parra Ramos
Alma materFarleigh Dickinson University
WebsiteAssembly Majority Web site

Ruben J. Ramos, Jr. (born December 30, 1973) is an American Democratic Party politician, who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2008 to 2014, representing the 33rd Legislative District. He now serves as a city councilman in Hoboken, a position he held prior to serving in the General Assembly.[1]

Ramos and his running mates won a contentious primary battle in June 2007, defeating a slate supported by the Hudson County Democratic Organization led by then-Assemblyman Silverio Vega.[2]

The youngest elected official in Hoboken history, he represented the Fourth Ward and served as city council president.[3] Ramos, a teacher by profession, is employed by the Paterson Public Schools.[4]

He simultaneously held a seat in the New Jersey General Assembly and on the City Council. This dual position, often called double dipping, is allowed under a grandfather clause in the state law enacted by the New Jersey Legislature and signed into law by Governor of New Jersey Jon Corzine in September 2007 that prevents dual-office-holding but allows those who had held both positions as of February 1, 2008, to retain both posts.[5]

Ramos was awarded a B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University, with a major in Political Science.[4]

District 33[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 33rd District for the 2012-2013 Legislative Session are:[6]

Run for Mayor of Hoboken[edit]

On February 22, 2013, Ramos announced that he is running for the position of Mayor of Hoboken in the November 2013 elections against incumbent Dawn Zimmer, together with a slate of candidates for City Council. Ramos said that he would not run for re-election to the Assembly in 2014.[7]


  1. ^ "City of Hoboken, NJ" website, Accessed January 4, 2019.
  2. ^ Chen, David W. "Voters Send Mixed Signals to Democratic Organization in New Jersey Primaries", The New York Times, June 6, 2007. Accessed April 11, 2008. "In the 33rd District, Mr. Stack, who is also the mayor of Union City, defeated Mr. Vega, who is also the mayor of West New York. Mr. Stack’s running mates for the Assembly — Ruben J. Ramos Jr. and Caridad Rodriguez — also won easily."
  3. ^ CRV 153 "Congressional Record Volume 153, Number 102", June 22, 2007. Accessed March 2, 2013. "Ramos, Jr., who was born and raised in Hoboken, is the first Puerto Rican from, Hoboken to be nominated to the New Jersey State Assembly. At age 25, Ramos, Jr. became the youngest councilman to be elected in the City of Hoboken in 1999, representing the 4th Ward."
  4. ^ a b Assemblyman Ramos' Legislative Webpage, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed February 6, 2008.
  5. ^ via Associated Press. "N.J. Lawmakers keep double dipping", WPVI-TV, March 4, 2008. Accessed June 4, 2009.
  6. ^ Legislative Roster 2012-2013 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed February 22, 2013.
  7. ^ Hack, Charles. "Hoboken Assemblyman Ruben Ramos says he is running for mayor", The Jersey Journal, February 21, 2013. Accessed February 22, 2012. "Assemblyman Ruben J. Ramos, Jr. announced today he is running to unseat incumbent Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer in this November's elections.... Assemblyman Ruben J. Ramos, Jr. announced today he is running to unseat incumbent Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer in this November's elections."

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