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Marenco & Rodriguez Take Oath of Office for New Jersey General Assembly

Assemblymen to represent Legislative District 33

(TRENTON) – Julio Marenco and Gabriel Rodriguez on Tuesday received the oath of office from Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin to become members of the New Jersey General Assembly. The new Assemblymen will be representing Legislative District 33.

“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Julio and Gabriel to the Assembly,” said Speaker Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “Their collective wealth of experience and passion for public service will help bolster the voices of the people they represent. I look forward to working with them to bring about legislation to further the Assembly Democrats’ mission to address issue that matter to families around kitchen tables statewide.”

Marenco, a United States Navy veteran, has dedicated his career to public service, taking on various municipal roles in Hudson County, beginning as an intern for State Senator Nicholas Sacco. He later joined the North Bergen school board, eventually becoming the President of the North Bergen Board of Education. Building on his mentor’s legacy, Marenco ran for and won the seat of commissioner for North Bergen. He has also served as an Associate Board Member of the New Jersey State Parole Board for over a decade. In addition to his public service, Marenco has shared his knowledge as a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. His background in both military and civic service forms the foundation for his upcoming role as an Assembly member.

“From my time in the military to my time in the classroom, public service has always been at the forefront of my work,” said Assemblyman Marenco (D-Hudson). “I eagerly anticipate serving my district with the same passion I’ve demonstrated in my various municipal roles, and I look forward to contributing both my expertise and the wisdom passed down by my mentor.”

Marenco earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Montclair State University and his Master in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He also obtained his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall Law School. He lives in North Bergen with his family.

Rodriguez returns to the Assembly Democratic caucus after many years, having started his career working in the Assembly Majority Office as a staffer. He has since had an impactful career in public service, including working on Congressman Albio Sires’ campaign and later as a field representative in Sires’ congressional office. His commitment to his community led him to serve as a town commissioner in West New York, and in 2019, he was elected as the Mayor of West New York. Rodriguez continues to bring his extensive knowledge and dedication to public service to benefit the residents he represents.

“Throughout my career, I’ve undertaken many public service roles that ultimately guided me back to the Assembly. Now, I see an even greater opportunity to advocate for and represent the voices of my constituents,” said Assemblyman Rodriguez (D-Hudson). “I am thankful for this opportunity and excited to infuse new perspectives and years of experience into the legislation we shape within these halls.”

Rodriguez earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at New Jersey City University and went onto New Jersey Institute of Technology to obtain his Executive MBA in Business Administration and Management. He lives in West New York with his wife Ammie and daughter Isabella.

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