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Assemblyman Skip Cimino, left, and State Sen. Franny McManimon, at the Enterprise Fire Company polling location in Hamilton in November 4, 1991. (Photo: Ken Wajda/David Wildstein Collection).

Cimino to head up public affairs firm for Stevens & Lee

By David Wildstein, February 09 2022 11:30 am

Anthony “Skip” Cimino, a widely respected former legislator and cabinet member, is joining Stevens & Lee, a professional services firm involved in law, public finance and government consulting.

Cimino, who retired last year after four years as the executive director of the Assembly Majority Office, will set up a Princeton-based public affairs firm for the company.

“The addition of Skip and the launch of the public affairs firm significantly expands our ability to advocate in New Jersey on behalf of our clients,” said Ernie Choquette, who runs Stevens & Lee.

Cimino was elected to the State Assembly in 1987 and 1989 and then served in Gov. Jim Florio’s cabinet as Commissioner of Personnel.  He is a former Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton CEO and ran CMX Engineering and First Bank.  Cimino is also a former chairman of the Princeton Area Community Foundation.

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin brought Cimino back into government after he ousted Vincent Prieto in a 2017 legislative leadership fight.

Cimino served as a Mercer County Freeholder and Hamilton Township school board member before his election to the State Assembly in 1987.  Republicans had flipped one Assembly seat in the politically competitive 14th district in 1985, but the GOP incumbent, Jack Rafferty, decided to seek re-election as mayor of Hamilton and not run for two offices in the same election.

In the 1987 primary, Cimino defeated Janice Mironov, then a former parole board commissioner, by 1,077 votes in the Democratic primary.  Cimino and Assemblyman Joseph Patero (D-Manville) won the general election about 10,000 votes.

But after voting for Florio’s $2.8 billion tax increase, Cimino found himself on the wrong side of a Republican wave election in 1991 and lost his seat to Republicans Paul Kramer (R-Hamilton) and Barbara Wright (R-Plainsboro) by a wide margin.

Florio later put Cimino in his cabinet – a job he lost two years later when Republican Christine Todd Whitman ousted Florio.

Cimino challenged Republican State Sen. Peter Inverso (R-Hamilton) in 2003, but lost by 9,886 votes, 59%-39%.

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