Bridgeton Council President Celeste Marie Riley is expected to replace Douglas Fisher in the State Assembly next month, according to a Gloucester County Times report.
Fisher was appointed to Gov. Jon Corzine’s cabinet as Secretary of Agriculture. He will be resigning from the Legislature over the next few weeks, causing Democratic County Committee members in the third district to hold a special election convention to fill the remaining ten months of his term.
Riley, 49, is a fourth grade teacher in Greenwich and was elected Councilwoman in May 2006. She has a B.A. in Music from LaSalle University.
Because she has the support of the other third district legislators, Senate Majority Leader Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford) and Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Paulsboro), Riley is expected to face few obstacles to win Fisher’s unexpired term, and to be the Democratic nominee for a full term in the 2009 general election.
Riley was mentioned as a possible challenger to U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-Ventnor) in 2008.