TRENTON – After a tortured, now you see her, now you don’t process, Assemblywoman Gabriela Mosquera (D-4) this afternoon received the oath of office from Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34) to become the newest Democratic member of the General Assembly.
“We are excited and honored to finally have Gabby joining us as a member of the General Assembly,” said Oliver. “She brings an abundance of institutional knowledge and a fervent commitment to the working families of this state. I know that she will represent her constituents proudly in Trenton.”
Following her Election Day victory last year, a court booted Mosquera on a GOP challenge to her residency. She missed the one-year requirement by a few weeks in an ultimately invalidated election. The 3rd District Democratic Committee subsequently selected her to occupy the seat and run in a special election.
“This is truly an honor,” said Mosquera. “Working at the local level, I’ve had the opportunity to learn, first-hand, about the issues that weigh heavily on families in our state. I’m eager to get to work and join my colleagues in creating solutions to ease the burden on the working class men and women of New Jersey.”
Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Mosquera immigrated to the United States at the age of 3. Her family first settled in Union City and later moved to North Bergen. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from The College of New Jersey and later earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management.
Mosquera’s career in government began as an intern with the Office of U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9), where she dealt with casework ranging from immigration to Social Security issues.
She also interned with the Assembly Democratic Office and, after graduating college, joined the office in a full-time capacity as a Policy Researcher and later a Policy/Operations Assistant. She also served as Director of Policy for former Assemblywoman Nilsa Cruz-Perez of the Fifth Legislative District.
Mosqera is a resident of Gloucester Township and serves as Chief of Staff to Gloucester Township Mayor David R. Mayer.