James Anthony Galdieri

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James Anthony Galdieri (November 7, 1934 – May 16, 2009) was an American Democratic Party politician from Jersey City who was elected to represent portions of Hudson County in the New Jersey Senate in a special election held to fill a vacancy created when a sitting member of the Senate was removed.


Galdieri was born in Jersey City, the son of James J. Galdieri, who had served a single term as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly in 1932 and 1933.[1] He attended Seton Hall University and after graduating there moved on to New York University School of Law where was awarded a law degree. He was a general counsel at the Jersey City Housing Authority.[2]

In November 1980, Galdieri won a special election to fill the unexpired portion of the New Jersey Senate seat vacated by fellow Democrat David Friedland, who had been convicted of bribery charges related to a loan made by a Teamsters pension fund.[3] At the time of his taking office, the district covered North Bergen and portions of Jersey City. The district was changed significantly in redistricting based on the results of the 1980 United States Census, and Galdieri decided not to run for election in the district he had been relocated to.[2]

He was nominated in 1983 to serves on the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission by Governor of New Jersey Thomas Kean, where he advocated for constriction of a food distribution center in Jersey City, North Bergen and Secaucus which was never approved.[2]

Galdieri had moved to Verona in 2003 and retired from the firm of Miller & Galdieri in 2006. He died at age 74 on May 15, 2009 and was interred at Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City. He was survived by his wife, a daughter, three sons and three grandchildren, Steel, Skyler, and Mariella Galdieri.[2]


  1. ^ "James J. Galdieri. Ex-Assemblyman From Hudson County Dies in Home at 47". New York Times. April 28, 1944. Retrieved 2010-03-23. James J. Galdieri, a lawyer, former Hudson County member of the State Assembly and for the last year secretary to City Commissioner Arthur Potterton, ...[dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d Levin, Jay. "James Galdieri, 74; former state senator "[permanent dead link], The Record (Bergen County), May 19, 2009. Accessed May 20, 2009.
  3. ^ Sullivan, Joseph F. "A Jubilant G.O.P. in Jersey Now Aims for Governorship; G.O.P. Wins Two House Seats Thompson Out After 13 Terms", The New York Times, November 6, 1980. Accessed May 20, 2009.