On Thursday, January 15th, Democratic elected officials and party leaders throughout New Jersey’s Third Legislative District came together to endorse Gloucester County Freeholder Adam Taliaferro for the Assembly seat vacated by Celeste Riley upon her swearing-in as Cumberland County Clerk.
PolitickerNJ reporter Chase Brush broke the original story about Taliaferro here.
As a standout Penn State University football player, Taliaferro suffered a paralyzing in-game injury that left him with a 3% chance of ever walking again. Through determination, perseverance, and months of grueling physical therapy, he beat the odds and was once again able to walk. He went on to earn his law degree at Rutgers University and worked as an attorney for several years. Taliaferro now works as a patient advocate for those battling cancer and HIV/AIDS and is serving his second term as a Gloucester County Freeholder.
“I’m very proud to support Adam Taliaferro for Assembly in the Third District,” said Cumberland County Democratic Chairman Robert Balicki. “He is one of the most genuine people I know, and he is a hard worker who gets things done for the people he represents. With his sharp intellect and passion for service, he will be a huge asset for us in the state legislature.”
“Anybody who knows Adam knows what a special person he is,” said State Senator and Gloucester County Democratic Chairman Fred Madden. “I continue to be impressed by the strength of his character and integrity. He has withstood some amazing challenges in his life, yet he has maintained a positive outlook and turned those challenges into opportunities to help others.”
“Adam is a phenomenal individual who will be a terrific representative for our district,” said Salem County Democratic Chairman Steven Caltabiano. “Everything he has done throughout his life has demonstrated his motivation to help other people. He will be a strong fighter for the constituents of the Third Legislative District.”
In addition to Balicki, Madden, and Caltabiano, the following Democratic leaders and elected officials have endorsed Adam Taliaferro: State Senate President Steve Sweeney; United States Representative Donald Norcross; Assemblyman John Burzichelli; Cumberland County Freeholder Director Joseph Derella, Jr.; Cumberland County Deputy Freeholder Director Doug Long; Cumberland County Freeholder Darlene Barber; Cumberland County Sheriff Robert Austino; Cumberland County Clerk Celeste Riley; Gloucester County Freeholder Director Robert Damminger; Gloucester County Deputy Director Joe Chila; Gloucester County Freeholder Lyman Barnes; Gloucester County Freeholder Dan Christy; Gloucester County Freeholder Frank DiMarco; Gloucester County Freeholder Heather Simmons; Gloucester County Sheriff Carmel Morina; Gloucester County Clerk James Hogan; Salem County Freeholder Lee Ware; Salem County Freeholder Beth Timberman; Bridgeton Mayor Albert Kelly; Bridgeton Democratic Chairman Todd Edwards; Deerfield Democratic Chairman Joseph Veight; Upper Deerfield Democratic Chairman William Andre; Clayton Mayor and Democratic Chairman Tom Bianco; East Greenwich Democratic Chairwoman Michelle Shirey; Elk Township Mayor Dennis Marchei; Elk Democratic Chairwoman Donna Ragonese; Franklin Mayor Ed Leopardi; Franklin Democratic Chairwoman Rene Leopardi; Glassboro Mayor Leo McCabe; Glassboro Democratic Chairman Sal Fogarino; Greenwich Democratic Chairman Gerry Michael; National Park Mayor Mark Cooper; National Park Council President and Democratic Chairman Larry Prelle, Jr.; Newfield Democratic Chair Allen Purdy; Paulsboro Mayor Jeff Hamilton; Paulsboro Democratic Chairwoman Jeanne Giampola; South Harrison Democratic Chairman Chet Randall; Swedesboro Mayor and Democratic Chairman Tom Fromm; West Deptford Democratic Chairman Jerry White; West Deptford Mayor Denice DiCarlo; West Deptford Committeeman Jim Mehaffey; West Deptford Committeeman Adam Reid; Woodbury Heights Mayor Robbie Conley; Woodbury Heights Democratic Chairman Lou Deeck; Woolwich Democratic Chairman Paul Lott; Carneys Point Mayor G. Richard Gatanis; Carneys Point Township Committeeman Marcus Dowe Jr.; Carneys Point Township Committeeman Ken Brown; Carneys Point Democrat Club Chairman Patrick Bomba; Elmer Mayor Joseph Stemberger; Elsinboro Township Committeeman Doug Hogate; Lower Alloways Creek Mayor Timothy W. Bradway; Mannington Mayor John Emel; Penns Grove Mayor John Washington; Pennsville Township Committeeman Richie Raine; Pennsville Township Committeeman John Crawford; Pittsgrove Democrat Association Chairwoman Debby Turner Fox; Salem City Mayor Charles Washington, Jr.; Salem City Councilman Charles Hassler; Salem City Councilman Earl Gage; Salem City Democratic Club Chairwoman Lydia Thompson; Salem County Democratic Committee Vice Chairman David Crescenzi; Salem County Democratic State Committeeman Peter Voros; Salem County Democratic State Committeewoman Carol Waddington; Salem County Democratic Executive Committee Treasurer John Burke; Woodstown Borough Councilman Joseph Hiles; Woodstown Borough Councilman John Hall.