(TRENTON) – Former New Jersey Senator Paul J. Contillo received the oath of office from Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver on Monday to fill the vacant seat left due to the early departure of Assemblywoman Connie Wagner. Assemblyman Contillo will represent the 38th Legislative District until January with Assemblyman Tim Eustace.
“I look forward to serving New Jersey and representing the citizens in my district again in the Assembly,” said Contillo (D-Bergen Passaic). “Even in the interim, there is a lot that must be accomplished in the next two months. I have dedicated myself to public policy and government work which has given me the pleasure of stepping right up to the plate when necessary and serve in different capacities.
“Assemblywoman Wagner is a dynamic individual and political representative. It will be an honor to continue her work for the 38th legislative district during these next few months.”
A combined 14 years in public office, Mr. Contillo served in the Assembly from 1973-1979 and in the state Senate from 1983-1991. Assemblyman Contillo will serve on the Assembly Higher Education and Environment Committees.
“We are very fortunate to have a veteran legislator who knows the issues and understands well the process of state government,” said Eustace (D-Bergen, Passaic). “Contillo is the best candidate for this position and our district will be well served with his knowledge and dedication to good public policy.”
The 38th legislative district is comprised of Bergenfield, Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Hasbrouck Heights, Hawthorne, Lodi, Maywood, New Milford, Oradell, Paramus, River Edge, Rochelle Park, and Saddle Brook.