COMMISSION MEMBERSHIP


Jay Webber
(Republican Co-Chair)
John S. Wisniewski
(Democratic Co-Chair)
Jay Webber Wisniewski

Jay Webber is Chairman of the Republican Delegation to the New Jersey Apportionment Commission. He is serving his second term in the General Assembly and represents the residents of the State's 26th Legislative District, which includes parts of Morris and Passaic Counties. He serves on the Assembly's Budget and Labor Committees.

From 2009 to 2011, Assemblyman Webber served as Chairman of the Republican State Committee, where he led the NJGOP to its first statewide victory in 12 years.

TIME Magazine named Jay Webber as one of the nation's 40 Under 40 Rising Stars of U.S. Politics, described by TIME as "a new generation of civic leaders . . . already at work trying to fix a broken system — and restore faith in the process."

He is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and Harvard Law School and practices with The Law Firm of Jay Webber in Morristown. He and his wife Johanna live with their five children in Morris Plains.

John Wisniewski is Chairman of the Delegation for New Jersey Democrats on the Apportionment Commission. He has served as Assemblyman representing the 19th Legislative District in Middlesex County since his election in 1996. He serves as Deputy Speaker, Chair of the Transportation, Public Works & Independent Authorities Committee and as a member of the Appropriations Committee & the Financial Institution & Insurance Committee.

He has sponsored legislation to expand safety inspections of school buses, overhaul the Division of Motor Vehicles, improve the safety of teenage drivers, and strengthen fire safety in college dormitories.

Since his election in 2010 as Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, he oversaw victories in Legislative special elections across the state including helping the Democrats take the 14th District Senate Seat for the first time in twenty years.

He also continues to serve as Chairman of the New Jersey Fire Safety Commission, a position he has held for ten years. He graduated from Rutgers University and Seton Hall University School of Law. Mr. Wisniewski is the owner and managing partner of the law firm of Wisniewski and Associates, L.L.C. He and his wife, Deborah, have three daughters, Emily, Sarah and Rachel.

Irene Kim Asbury
(Republican Vice Co-Chair)
Nilsa Cruz-Perez
(Democratic Vice Co-Chair)
Kim Asbury Cruz-Perez

Irene Kim Asbury has lived in New Jersey since 1976. In addition to her solo law practice, she is an active member of the Asian-Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey, the Hudson County Bar Association, and serves as a court-appointed mediator in Hudson and Passaic Counties.

Irene has also volunteered her time as a pro bono attorney with the Mississippi Center for Justice and the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers' Project on the Gulf Coast, representing low-income Hurricane Katrina victims who cannot obtain housing, federal and state disaster assistance, financial counseling, or health care. She also serves on the Hudson Vicinage Advisory Committee on Minority Concerns as the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Minority Access to the Courts and the Hudson Vicinage Law Day Committee.

She graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and received her Juris Doctorate from the Seton Hall University School of Law.

Democrat Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez was first sworn into the New Jersey General Assembly on February 27, 1995, filling the unexpired term of Wayne Bryant, who resigned to fill a vacancy in the New Jersey Senate. Ms. Cruz-Perez was elected to her first full term on November 7, 1995. The first Hispanic woman to serve in New Jersey's Legislature, she chose not to seek election to an eighth term on March 17, 2009.

Ms. Cruz-Perez was born in Puerto Rico in 1961. She attended the University of Puerto Rico and was a paid staff member of Partido Popular Democratico, the Democratic Popular Party of Puerto Rico.

In 1981, Ms. Cruz-Perez joined the U.S. Army. During her military service, she pursued her education at the U.S. Quartermaster School, Big Bend Community College and Temple University's overseas division.

During her time in the Legislature, Ms. Cruz-Perez sponsored bills to create a pilot program to allow corporations to contribute to a scholarship program for urban youth, to provide for increased allowances paid to certain disabled veterans and to allow for exemptions from the tree-day cancellation provision of home improvement contracts in cases of bona fide emergencies. She also sponsored legislation that regulates warranties, extended warranties and service contracts for electronics, prohibits the sale of tobacco products in vending machines and requires motor vehicles window tinting retailers to inform customers of state restrictions.

Ms. Cruz-Perez has three children: Luis, Angel and Linette.


Joseph Cryan (Democrat)  

Cryan

Democrat Joseph Cryan, of Union Township, was first elected to the New Jersey General Assembly on November 6, 2001. He was sworn-in as Assembly Majority Leader on January 12, 2010.

Born September 1, 1961, Mr. Cryan received his Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina. He is an undersheriff with the Union County Sheriff's Office.

Mr. Cryan has two children: Meghan and John

Mr. Cryan represents the 20th Legislative District, which includes the Union County municipalities of Elizabeth, Kenilworth, Roselle, and Union Township.

George Gilmore (Republican)  

Gilmore

George R. Gilmore is a native of Ocean County. Mr. Gilmore graduated from Central Regional High School in Berkeley Township, New Jersey. He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from West Virginia University with a B.A. in political science and received his J.D. from Rutger’s School of Law, Camden. Admitted to the bar in 1975, Mr. Gilmore began his law career in Ocean County as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Henry J. Wiley, J.S.C. Upon completion of his judicial clerkship, he became a sole practitioner and then an associate in the law firm of Hiering, Grasso, Gelzer and Kelaher. In 1981 he formed a new law firm, Gilmore and Monahan, P.A.

A partner in Gilmore & Monahan, P.A., he has developed a strong practice in the representation of public entities. His firm also serves as General Counsel for the South Jersey Transportation Authority.

Mr. Gilmore was New Jersey Chairman of the Giuliani for President campaign in 2008 and is currently New Jersey State Chair of GOPAC, on which he also serves as a member of the National Board of Directors.

For the past 16 years, Mr. Gilmore has served as Chairman of the Ocean County Board of Elections. He has served as Chairman of the Ocean County Republican Committee since 1996 and was Chairman of the New Jersey Republican Chairman’s Association from 1998-2006. Mr. Gilmore has served as Legal Counsel to the Republican State Committee, Legal Counsel to the Republican State Senate, Legal Counsel to the Republican Members of the Apportionment Commission, Chairman of the Congressional Apportionment Commission in 2001 and as Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Election Law Committee.

Mr. Gilmore was appointed by Governor Christie to serve on his Transition Committee and he served as Chair of the Agricultural Transition Subcommittee.

The proud father of five, he lives in Toms River with his wife Joanne and their two children.


Sheila Y. Oliver (Democrat)
 

Oliver

Sheila Y. Oliver took the oath of office as New Jersey's 169th Assembly Speaker on Jan. 12, 2010. Speaker Oliver is the first African-American woman to lead a legislative house in New Jersey. She is also, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, just the second African-American woman in American history to lead a legislative house, following Karen R. Bass of California.

Speaker Oliver, who presides over the 214th Assembly, was first elected to the Assembly in 2003, and re-elected in 2005, 2007 and 2009. In the 2008-09 Legislative Session, she served as Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore, chaired the Human Services Committee, and served on the Higher Education and Labor committees. She served as Assistant Majority Leader in the 2006-07 Legislative Session.

She represents the 34th Legislative District, which includes Clifton, the City of East Orange, Glen Ridge Borough, Montclair, and West Paterson.

She co-sponsored the law creating the Department of Children and Families, and sponsored legislation signed into law that requires that the Department of Human Services report physical assaults and deaths at state psychiatric hospitals on its website and report deaths to the Public Advocate.

She has also sponsored legislation creating paid family leave, amending the state's wrongful death law, providing specialized social services and medical treatment for persons in the criminal justice system with mental health issues, and providing low-cost auto insurance for individuals with low incomes.

Speaker Oliver was born in Newark in 1952. She graduated cum laude in 1974, with a Bachelor's degree in sociology from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. She earned a Master of Science degree in community organization, planning and administration from Columbia University in 1976.

For much of her career, Speaker Oliver has been a non-profit administrator, specializing in program development, grantsmanship and training. She is a former faculty member of several colleges and universities, and taught a course in non-profit management at the Rutgers Graduate School of Business Administration in Newark.

She is an assistant Essex County administrator, and previously served as director of the Essex County Department of Citizen Services and the Department of Economic Development Training and Employment.

Prior to joining the New Jersey Legislature, she served as an Essex County freeholder from 1996 to 1999, and as past president of the East Orange Board of Education for seven years. In 1997, she ran for mayor of East Orange, losing by 51 votes.

Speaker Oliver has served on a number of civic boards and commissions and remains an active volunteer.


Kevin O'Toole (Republican)
 

O'Toole

Mr. O'Toole was elected to the General Assembly in 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2001 and served in the State Senate from May 2001 to January 2002. He was re-elected to the Senate for a full term on November 6, 2007.

Born in Cedar Grove on October 5, 1964, Mr. O'Toole attended Cedar Grove High School and earned his bachelor's degree in political science and public administration in 1986 and his juris doctorate in 1989 from Seton Hall University. He passed the bar exam in 1989 and served a clerkship in the office of the state attorney general.

Mr. O'Toole served a college internship in the office of former Congressman Joseph Minish; as a legislative aide to Assemblyman John V. Kelly; Chairman of the Essex County Republican Committee and serves on the Ramapo College Board of Governors.

Senator O'Toole also served on the Cedar Grove Town Council from 1989 to 1996 and as Mayor in 1990, 1993 and 1995.

During his legislative career, Senator O'Toole has sponsored laws to reform welfare, established the New Jersey Better Educational Savings Trust, strengthened our state's domestic violence statutes, increased penalties on businesses and individuals who engage in discrimination, preserved our state's drinking water supply through the preservation of Sterling Forest, mandating insurance coverage for mammograms and for those being treated for breast and cervical cancer, instituted the New Jersey Prepaid College Education Expense Program, which allows parents to start education savings accounts that allow parents to pay for their child's college education at today's prices, sponsored legislation to ban “Pay to Play” which would prohibit campaign contributions from vendors who have government contracts, allowing for public participation during meetings of municipal governing bodies and continued funding of full-day kindergarten programs in the Abbott school districts.

Mr. O'Toole and his wife Bethany have two children, Kevin Jr. and Ryan Marie.


Bill Palatucci (Republican)
 

Palatucci

Mr. Palatucci is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Public Affairs at Community Education Centers, Inc., America's leading provider of reentry services for offenders and currently operating in 18 states. He had previously represented CEC for more than fifteen years as outside counsel and lobbyist. Prior to joining CEC, Mr. Palatucci was a partner in the law firm of Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci, P.C., founding and heading the firm's government affairs department. Mr. Palatucci is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law and received his BA in business administration from Rutgers College. He also completed the Eagleton Institute of Politics undergraduate program while obtaining his BA degree.

Mr. Palatucci is the Republican National Committeeman from New Jersey and served as Co-Chair of the Inaugural Committee for Governor Chris Christie and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno in 2010. He has also managed a number of successful statewide campaigns, including Governor Tom Kean's historic landslide re-election victory in 1985. Following the 1985 campaign, he served as executive director of Governor Kean's transition committee to his second term.

He is currently a member of the National Advisory Board for the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Phoenix/Jersey City Campus, and a member of the Board of Visitors at the Seton Hall University School of Law.

Mr. Palatucci lives in Westfield with his wife Laura, and they are the parents of three daughters.


Paul A. Sarlo (Democrat)
 

Sarlo

Senator Paul A. Sarlo was sworn into the New Jersey Senate on May 19, 2003 following his selection by members of the 36th District Democratic County Committee to fill an unexpired term. He was elected to a full term on November 4, 2003 and re-elected on November 6, 2007.

Senator Sarlo serves as Deputy Majority Leader and is chairman of the Budget & Appropriations Committee. The Senator also sits on the Senate's Judiciary and Legislative Oversight committees.

Prior to his Senate service, Sen. Sarlo served in the General Assembly, having been elected in 2001. The senator has been the mayor of the Borough of Wood-Ridge since January 2000 and served on the Borough Council from 1995-2000.

As a legislator, Sen. Sarlo has been the prime sponsor of over 150 bills which have been signed into law. He was a prime sponsor of legislation which reformed New Jersey's workers compensation system, established the "Main Street Business Assistance Program," criminalized the illegal trafficking and distribution of prescription drugs, required schools to adopt bullying prevention policies, and upgraded penalties for identity theft. He also sponsored laws dealing with ethics reforms, energy efficiency, environmental protection, homeland security and consumer protection.

Sen. Sarlo is a licensed Professional Engineer, licensed Professional Planner, and a certified Municipal Engineer, holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He and his wife, Concetta, are the parents of two sons, Anthony Joseph, born in 2000 and Michael Paul, born in 2004.

The Senator represents the 36th Legislative District, which includes eleven municipalities in Bergen, Essex and Passaic counties: Carlstadt, East Rutherford, Garfield, Lyndhurst, Moonachie, North Arlington, Nutley, Passaic, Rutherford, Wallington, and Wood-Ridge.



Alan Rosenthal (11th Member)
 

Rosenthal

Alan Rosenthal is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. He served as director of the Institute from 1974-1994.

Professor Rosenthal has addressed and/or consulted with legislatures in about two-thirds of the states and has worked with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the Council of State Governments (CSG), the State Legislative Leaders Foundation (SLLF), and the National Governors Association on various activities and projects. Currently he is engaged with NCSL, the Center for Civic Education, and the Center on Congress to promote civic education on representative democracy. In 2006, he was given an award for lifetime achievement from NCSL and SSLF. In his home state, New Jersey, he chaired the Ad Hoc Commission on Legislative Ethics and Campaign Finance, which in 1990 was appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and the President of the Senate. In 1992 and 2001 he was selected to chair the New Jersey Congressional Redistricting Commission. In 1993 he received the Governor’s award for Public Service in New Jersey. He currently chairs the Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards, a committee of the New Jersey Legislature.

Professor Rosenthal has written extensively on state legislatures and state politics. His latest book is Engines of Democracy: Politics and Policymaking in State Legislatures (2009). His current research and writing is on governors and the policymaking leadership they provide in the states. In recognition of the contribution his published work and career has made to “the art of government through the application of social science research”, he was given a lifetime-achievement award by the American Political Science Association.