Joseph F. Vitale was born on November 10, 1954 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He attended public schools in Woodbridge, NJ and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Iselin. He is the president of Vitale Sign Corporation, a family business founded in Rahway in 1950.
Senator Vitale has been serving in the New Jersey Senate since 1998, where he represents the 19th Legislative District. He is the current Deputy Majority Leader in the Senate. Also, Senator Vitale is the Chairman of the Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committee, and he serves on the Wagering, Tourism, and Historic Preservation Committee as well as the Economic Growth Committee.
Senator Vitale’s focus during his tenure has been to ensure that all New Jerseyans have access to high quality and affordable health care, particularly working families. As a passionate advocate for under-served populations, Senator Vitale has put a priority on protecting the health of children and has sponsored a diverse array of legislation geared towards this goal. The senator helped create KidCare, a health insurance program for children and later worked to expand that coverage to families, in what became FamilyCare. In the spring of 2003, the Senator saved NJ FamilyCare from being abolished, and he continues to find ways to help the working uninsured of New Jersey. He has sponsored bills to improve patient safety in health care facilities including enhanced systems for reporting medical errors, restricting the use of forced mandatory overtime for nurses, requiring the use of safe needles and creating protocols for responding to public health emergencies.
Chief of Staff: Cathy McLaughlin
Legislative Director: Laurie Cancialosi
Legislative Aide: Rosanna Pezzella
Scheduler: Krista Sweeney
569 Rahway Avenue
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
Phone: (732) 855-7441