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Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-Nutley), who is 78, was first elected to the Assembly in 1967, when he was 27 and Lyndon B. Johnson was still president. He returned to the Assembly in 2007 after a 36-year absence.

Maps: Ages of New Jersey legislators

Ralph Caputo, 78, is the lone legislator to have served when LBJ was president

By Ben Kestenbaum, May 21 2019 11:47 am

If the New Jersey State Assembly faced the same mandatory retirement age that judges do, there would be 7 open seats in the upcoming general election.

Fourteen members of the State Senate – 35% of the upper house – are over the age of 70.   A full 10% of the Senate are octogenarians.

The average age of New Jersey’s 131 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, State Senate and Assembly is 58, almost two decades older than the average age of New Jerseyans (39), according to the 2010 U.S. Census.

Half of the New Jersey congressional delegation is at least 66, the federal retirement age.  The average age of a Member of Congress from New Jersey is 60.  The youngest member of the New Jersey delegation is Andy Kim (D-Marlton), who is 33; the oldest is Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), who is 82.

Each of the representatives under 50 have been elected in the last two elections: Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) is 44; Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) is 47; and Kim is 33.

The average age of a State Senator in New Jersey is 61.  The youngest is Bob Andrzejczak (D-Middle), who is 33; at age 85, Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest) is the oldest member of the Senate.

Just three senators (7.5%) are ages 40 and under: Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) is 34, Joseph Lagana (D-Paramus) is 40, and Andrzejczak.

In the Assembly, the average age is 56.  The oldest assemblyman is 81-year-old Joseph Egan (D-New Brunswick) and the youngest is Clinton Calabrese (D-Cliffside Park), who is 33.  Nine members of the lower house are ages 40 and under.  The youngest woman is Britnee Timberlake (D-East Orange), who is 33.

Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-Nutley), who is 78, was first elected to the Assembly in 1967, when he was 27 and Lyndon B. Johnson was still president.  He returned to the Assembly in 2007 after a 36-year absence.

Former Gov. Richard Codey (D-Roseland) was 26 when he was first elected to the Assembly in 1973.  Now 72, Codey has been in the Legislature for 46 year but there are still seven senators who are older than he is.

Codey and Caputo are the last remaining legislators to have served during the presidency of Richard M. Nixon.

Map by Ben Kestenbaum
This map includes the State Assembly member from the district with the most seniority. Map by Ben Kestenbaum.
This map includes the State Assembly member from the district with the least seniority. Map by Ben Kestenbaum.
Graph by Ben Kestenbaum
Map by Ben Kestenbaum

 

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