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John J. Burzichelli : biography

November 14, 1954 -

John J. Burzichelli (born November 14, 1954) is an American Democratic Party politician, who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2003, where he represents the 3rd Legislative District. He has been the Assistant Majority Leader since 2004.

Burzichelli is the Assembly's Deputy Speaker, and serves on the Tourism and Gaming Committee (as Chair), the Budget Committee, the Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee and the Legislative Services Commission., New Jersey Legislature. Accessed March 14, 2008.

Burzichelli has been the Mayor of Paulsboro, New Jersey since 1996. He was president of Paulsboro Chamber of Commerce and a member of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities Executive Board.

He simultaneously holds a seat in the New Jersey General Assembly and as Mayor. This dual position, often called double dipping, is allowed under a grandfather clause in the state law enacted by the New Jersey Legislature and signed into law by Governor of New Jersey Jon Corzine in September 2007 that prevents dual-office-holding but allows those who had held both positions as of February 1, 2008, to retain both posts.via Associated Press. , WPVI-TV, March 4, 2008. Accessed June 4, 2009.

Burzichelli is the co-host of the show Eye on Paulsboro which has been on cable for over 20 years.

In the 2011 apportionment based on the results of the 2010 United States Census, Republican Domenick DiCicco was moved from the 4th Legislative District into District 3. Burzichelli (with 25,172 votes) and Celeste Riley (23,960) won re-election, defeating DiCicco (20,268) and his running mate Bob Villare (20,528)., New Jersey Department of State, December 6, 2011. Accessed December 12, 2011. DiCicco's loss made his seat the only gain by the Democrats in the Assembly in the 2011 election cycle.Staff. , The Star-Ledger, November 9, 2011. Accessed December 12, 2011. "The Democrats’ sole gain came thanks to redistricting. Assemblyman Domenick DiCicco (R-Gloucester), the only Republican to win a Democrat-held seat two years ago, was shifted into a district with two Democratic incumbents and immediately faced an uphill battle to stay in the Legislature."

District 3

Each of the 40 districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 3rd District for the 2012-2013 Legislative Session are:, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed March 15, 2013.

  • Senator Stephen M. Sweeney, and
  • Assemblywoman Celeste Riley


Burzichelli makes a brief cameo in Kevin Smith's film Jersey Girl, parts of which were filmed in Paulsboro. He is Owner / Producer / Distributor of Hill Studio & Scenic. He is as a former movie producer and wrestling promoter.

Burzichelli owns a fleet of Antique Fire Engines using them for both business (Hill Studio) and pleasure and is a very active member of the Glasstown Antique Fire Brigade (

Burzichelli owns the remnants of the Ward LaFrance a famous, but now defunct fire engine manufacturer. Several of his antique fire engines are Ward LaFrance models of varying years. Burzichelli co-authored the book "Ward LaFrance Fire Trucks: 1918-1978 Photo Archive". One of his fire trucks, formerly owned by Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, is displayed on the cover.

He is one of the founding members of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Paulsboro, and a former President of the Greater Paulsboro Chamber of Commerce.

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