Former Buena Vista Township Committee Member John Armato was sworn in on Tuesday to begin serving his first term representing the 2nd legislative district in the New Jersey General Assembly.
The Assemblyman was one of five new Democrats sworn in on Tuesday when the new legislature reorganized, boosting the Democratic majority to 54-26, its largest since 1974.
Armato is a lifelong resident of Buena Vista Township where he resides with his wife, Marie, with whom he has two adult children and two grandchildren.
He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1967. Following his service in the military, he worked as an HVAC mechanic in Atlantic City where he was a member of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 322, and has served his community as a member of the Richland Volunteer Fire Company for the last 45 years. In 2014, Armato was elected to the Buena Vista Township Committee where he worked to expand services without raising taxes and served as chair of his local Municipal Drug Alliance, helping those struggling with heroin and opioid addictions.
“I’m honored that the residents of Atlantic County have placed their faith in me to fight for their needs,” said Armato. “As a veteran, a firefighter, and a committee member, I have devoted most of my life to helping the families of Atlantic County. I’m looking forward to building upon that record by working with my new colleagues in the Assembly to lower the tax burden for our working families, to support local businesses and new employers in Atlantic County and to expand support for our veterans. I’m also eager to build upon the work we’ve done to address the opioid and heroin epidemic and pledge to make sure we’re using every tool we have to stem this crisis.”
Armato joins Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo in representing the 2nd legislative district, which encompasses the following towns in Atlantic County: Absecon, Atlantic City, Brigantine, Buena, Buena Vista, Egg Harbor City, Egg Harbor Township, Folsom, Hamilton, Linwood, Longport, Margate City, Mullica, Northfield, Pleasantville, Somers Point and Ventnor City.