34th Legislative District (New Jersey)

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New Jersey's 34th Legislative District
File:New Jersey Legislative Districts Map (2011) D34 hl.svg
Senator Nia Gill (D)
Assembly members Sheila Oliver (D)
Thomas P. Giblin (D)
Registration
Demographics
Population 205,421
Voting-age population 156,070
Registered voters 131,920

New Jersey's 34th Legislative District is one of 40 districts that make up the map for the New Jersey Legislature. It encompasses the Essex County municipalities of East Orange, Montclair, and Orange and the Passaic County city of Clifton.[1]

Demographic information

As of the 2010 United States Census, the district had a population of 205,421, of whom 156,070 (76.0%) were of voting age. The racial makeup of the district was 100,880 (49.1%) White, 72,133 (35.1%) African American, 748 (0.4%) Native American, 10,233 (5.0%) Asian, 81 (0.0%) Pacific Islander, 14,490 (7.1%) from some other race, and 6,856 (3.3%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 37,578 (18.3%) of the population.[2]

The district had 131,920 registered voters as of June 30, 2015, of whom 57,310 (43.4%) were registered as unaffiliated, 64,228 (48.7%) were registered as Democrats, 10,304 (7.8%) were registered as Republicans and 78 (0.1%) were registered to other parties.[3]

Political representation

The district is represented for the 2016–2017 Legislative Session (Senate, General Assembly) in the State Senate by Nia Gill (D, Montclair) and in the General Assembly by Thomas P. Giblin (D, Montclair) and Sheila Oliver (D, East Orange).[4][5]

District and election history

When the 40-district legislative map was created in 1973, the 34th District was originally located in southern Passaic County containing the municipalities of Passaic, Clifton, Little Falls, West Paterson, Totowa, and Haledon.[6] After the 1981 redistricting, the 34th lost Passaic and Haledon picked up the large township of Wayne and Essex County municipalities of North Caldwell, West Caldwell, and Fairfield.[7] Following the 1991 redistricting, West Paterson was removed and the western Essex County municipalities were swapped with Glen Ridge and Bloomfield.[8]

In 2001, as a result of that year's redistricting, Bloomfield and almost all of Passaic County was removed from the district, leaving Clifton and West Paterson (renamed Woodland Park in 2007), and picking up East Orange and Montclair, municipalities formerly in the 27th District.[9]

The 34th had previously been Republican-leaning but after this redistricting, with the addition of large minority populations in East Orange and Montclair, the 34th became Democratic-leaning. 27th District Assemblywoman, Democrat Nia Gill defeated incumbent Republican State Senator Norman M. Robertson in 2001.[10]

Session Senate Assembly
1974–1975 Joseph Hirkala (D) William J. Bate (D) Herb Klein (D)
1976–1977 William J. Bate (D) Emil Olszowy (R)
1978–1979 Joseph Hirkala (D) William J. Bate (D) Emil Olszowy (R)
1980–1981 William J. Bate (D) Emil Olszowy (R)[n 1]
S.M. Terry LaCorte (R)[n 2]
1982–1983 Joseph Bubba (R) Newton Edward Miller (R) S.M. Terry LaCorte (R)
1984–1985 Joseph Bubba (R) Newton Edward Miller (R) Gerald H. Zecker (R)
1986–1987 Newton Edward Miller (R) Gerald H. Zecker (R)
1988–1989 Joseph Bubba (R) Newton Edward Miller (R) Gerald H. Zecker (R)
1990–1991 Joseph A. Mecca (D) Gerald H. Zecker (R)
1992–1993 Joseph Bubba (R) Marion Crecco (R) Gerald H. Zecker (R)
1994–1995 Joseph Bubba (R) Marion Crecco (R) Gerald H. Zecker (R)
1996–1997 Marion Crecco (R) Gerald H. Zecker (R)
1998–1999 Norman M. Robertson (R) Marion Crecco (R) Gerald H. Zecker (R)
2000–2001 Marion Crecco (R) Gerald H. Zecker (R)
2002–2003 Nia Gill (D) Peter C. Eagler (D) Willis Edwards (D)
2004–2005 Nia Gill (D) Peter C. Eagler (D) Sheila Oliver (D)
2006–2007 Thomas P. Giblin (D) Sheila Oliver (D)
2008–2009 Nia Gill (D) Thomas P. Giblin (D) Sheila Oliver (D)
2010–2011 Thomas P. Giblin (D) Sheila Oliver (D)
2012–2013 Nia Gill (D) Thomas P. Giblin (D) Sheila Oliver (D)
2014–2015 Nia Gill (D) Thomas P. Giblin (D) Sheila Oliver (D)
2016–2017 Thomas P. Giblin (D) Sheila Oliver (D)
  1. Died April 18, 1980
  2. Elected in November 1980 special election, sworn in on November 24, 1980

Election results

Senate

New Jersey general election, 1973[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joseph Hirkala 33,047 63.9
Republican Louise Friedman 18,682 36.1
Total votes 51,729 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1977[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joseph Hirkala 28,628 69.6
Republican Herman Schmidt 12,484 30.4
Total votes 41,112 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1981[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joseph Bubba 31,044 52.7
Democratic William J. Bate 27,843 47.3
Total votes 58,887 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1983[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joseph L. Bubba 23,993 51.0
Democratic James W. Roe 23,019 49.0
Total votes 47,012 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1987[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joseph L. Bubba 24,622 53.9
Democratic Donald P. Hetchka 21,053 46.1
Total votes 45,675 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1991[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joseph L. Bubba 25,885 52.5
Democratic Joseph A. Mecca 17,237 35.0
Independent Newton E. Miller 6,193 12.6
Total votes 49,315 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1993[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Joseph L. Bubba 32,681 52.3
Democratic Patricia A. Royer 29,845 47.7
Total votes 62,526 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1997[18]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Norman M. Robertson 30,450 53.9
Democratic Joan Waks 26,001 46.1
Total votes 56,451 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2001[19]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nia H. Gill 30,453 64.9
Republican Norman M. Robertson 16,135 34.4
Independent Marie Yvrose Celestin 368 0.8
Total votes 46,956 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2003[20]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nia H. Gill 19,161 69.7
Republican Frank C. Fusco 8,325 30.3
Total votes 27,486 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2007[21]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nia H. Gill 17,178 100.0
Total votes 17,178 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2011[22]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nia H. Gill 17,118 79.6
Republican Ralph Bartnik 4,386 20.4
Total votes 21,504 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2013[23]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nia H Gill 27,132 73.1
Republican Joseph S. Cupoli 9,972 26.9
Total votes 37,104 100.0

Assembly

New Jersey general election, 1973[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William J. Bate 31,087 31.3
Democratic Herbert C. Klein 29,862 30.0
Republican Joseph F. Scancarella 19,485 19.6
Republican Thomas A. Cupo 18,976 19.1
Total votes 99,410 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1975[24]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William J. Bate 25,930 31.7
Republican Emil Olszowy 19,484 23.8
Democratic Herbert C. Klein 19,011 23.2
Republican Robert Steffy 13,672 16.7
Independent Thomas Caslander 1,772 2.2
Independent Valerie Mazzeo 1,188 1.5
U.S. Labor Robert Bowen 491 0.6
Socialist Labor Robert Clement 367 0.4
Total votes 81,915 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1977[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic William J. Bate 25,138 30.7
Republican Emil Olszowy 21,055 25.7
Democratic Anthony M. Barbieri 17,852 21.8
Republican Anthony De Pasquale 15,324 18.7
Independent John L. Salek 1,281 1.6
Independent Philip Martini 1,131 1.4
Total votes 81,781 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1979[25]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Emil Olszowy 15,048 25.1
Democratic William J. Bate 14,893 24.8
Democratic Herbert M. Sorkin 13,378 22.3
Republican Frederick De Furia 12,663 21.1
Independent Frank Sylvester 4,000 6.7
Total votes 59,982 100.0
Special election, 1980[26]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican S.M. Terry LaCorte 30,615 55.1
Democratic Herbert M. Sorkin 24,959 44.9
Total votes 55,574 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1981[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican S. M. Terry LaCorte 36,776 31.8
Republican Newton E. Miller 32,539 28.1
Democratic Joseph Grecco 25,063 21.7
Democratic Lawrence M. Sinsimer 21,312 18.4
Total votes 115,690 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1983[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Newton E. Miller 23,875 26.7
Republican Gerald Zecker 23,447 26.2
Democratic Gerald G. Friend 21,000 23.5
Democratic Bert Tucker 19,388 21.7
Independent Robert J. Baran 1,761 2.0
Total votes 89,471 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1985[27]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gerald H. Zecker 32,025 32.3
Republican Newton E. Miller 31,791 32.1
Democratic Joseph F. Palumbo 17,784 18.0
Democratic Elisa Leib 17,411 17.6
Total votes 99,011 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1987[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gerald Zecker 24,618 27.6
Republican Newton E. Miller 24,106 27.0
Democratic Gloria J. Kolodziej 20,726 23.2
Democratic William L. Kattak 19,696 22.1
Total votes 89,146 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1989[28]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Joseph A. Mecca 28,564 26.1
Republican Gerald H. Zecker 28,003 25.6
Republican Newton Miller 26,782 24.5
Democratic Robert J. Baran 24,534 22.4
Independent Edward Schumacher 1,505 1.4
Total votes 109,388 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1991[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gerald H. Zecker 32,153 34.3
Republican Marion Crecco 32,014 34.1
Democratic Sabina O’Brien 14,914 15.9
Democratic Victor Rabbat 14,791 15.8
Total votes 93,872 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1993[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Marion Crecco 36,577 29.8
Republican Gerald H. Zecker 36,129 29.4
Democratic Steven Gerber 24,561 20.0
Democratic George Tosi 23,526 19.1
Independent S. Patricia Comstock 1,090 0.9
Independent Michael Cheski 1,044 0.8
Total votes 122,927 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1995[29]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gerald Zecker 18,424 27.0
Republican Marion Crecco 17,400 25.5
Democratic Joan Waks 16,729 24.5
Democratic Anthony T.V. Petrillo 13,232 19.4
Independent Tim Feeney 1,593 2.3
Independent Richard Arlaus 923 1.4
Total votes 68,301 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1997[30][31]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gerald H. Zecker 32,584 28.7
Republican Marion Crecco 31,125 27.5
Democratic Joseph A. Mecca 26,507 23.4
Democratic J. Martin Comey 22,454 19.8
Conservative Joe Bukowski 710 0.6
Total votes 113,380 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1999[32]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Gerald Zecker 20,578 30.3
Republican Marion Crecco 19,953 29.4
Democratic Gerard J. "Gerry" DiStefano 14,544 21.4
Democratic Robert M. Ruane 12,812 18.9
Total votes 67,887 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2001[33]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Peter C. Eagler 31,623 34.4
Democratic Willis Edwards III 29,538 32.1
Republican Gerald H. Zecker 16,306 17.7
Republican Natalie R. Esposito 14,484 15.8
Total votes 91,951 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2003[34]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Peter C. Eagler 17,637 33.2
Democratic Sheila Y. Oliver 16,504 31.0
Republican Kenneth Kurson 9,337 17.6
Republican Keith E. Krebs 7,949 15.0
Green Timothy A. Gaylord Jr 866 1.6
Green Thomas Robert Gregg 864 1.6
Total votes 53,157 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2005[35]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sheila Y. Oliver 32,501 50.9
Democratic Thomas P. Giblin 31,372 49.1
Total votes 63,873 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2007[36]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Thomas P. Giblin 15,198 35.7
Democratic Sheila Y. Oliver 14,755 34.6
Republican Robert C. Bianco 6,432 15.1
Republican Clenard H. Childress Jr. 6,210 14.6
Total votes 42,595 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2009[37]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sheila Y. Oliver 30,379 34.9
Democratic Thomas P. Giblin 29,695 34.2
Republican Michael G. Mecca, III 12,867 14.8
Republican Matthew Tyahla 11,889 13.7
Independent David L. Taylor, Jr. 1,100 1.3
Independent Clenard H. Childress, Jr. 1,023 1.2
Total votes 86,953 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2011[38]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Thomas P. Giblin 16,285 39.1
Democratic Sheila Y. Oliver 15,462 37.1
Republican Steve Farrell 4,270 10.2
Republican Joan Salensky 4,251 10.2
Independent Clenard Childress 813 2.0
Independent David Taylor 586 1.4
Total votes 41,667 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2013[39]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Sheila Y. Oliver 27,095 38.0
Democratic Thomas P. Giblin 26,802 37.6
Republican Michael C. Urciouli 8,663 12.2
Republican David Rios 8,654 12.2
Total votes 71,214 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2015[40]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Thomas P. Giblin 13,436 42.3
Democratic Sheila Y. Oliver 13,294 41.9
Republican John M. Traier 4,025 12.7
Independent Clenard H. Childress Jr. 977 3.1
Total votes 31,732 100.0

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