Gilbert “Whip” Wilson (D-Camden) was sworn in today as the new Assemblyman from the 5th district. He replaced Donald Norcross, who took the oath of office on January 12, but resigned on January 19 following his election to the State Senate. A former Camden police officer, he served as a City Councilman from 1997 to 2001, and again since 2005. He resigned his Council seat today to serve in the Legislature.
The Camden-Gloucester district has a new delegation: Dana Redd resigned from the Senate on January 1 to become Mayor of Camden (a post Wilson sought unsuccessfully in 2001), and Joseph Roberts and Nilsa Cruz-Perez did not seek re-election to the Assembly. Wilson joins Assemblyman Angel Fuentes (D-Camden), who took office on January 12.
“It is an honor to join a legislative team committed to growing new jobs and economic opportunities in South Jersey,” Wilson said. “There is no time to waste. Donald, Angel and I may be State House newcomers, but we have no intention of sitting quietly while our communities need our help.”
Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange) has assigned Wilson to three committees: Law and Public Safety; Agriculture and Natural Resources; and Military and Veterans’ Affairs.
“The 5th Legislative District has new and dynamic leaders anxious to tackle the problems that have made too many areas of our state unaffordable,” said Wilson. “I look forward to working alongside my legislative colleagues and partners from state and local government as we rebuild and renew the people’s faith that together we can make a positive difference in lives of all families.”