State Senator Nicholas Asselta
Born on August 17, 1951, Senator Nick Asselta grew up in
Vineland, New Jersey. The son of a Vineland Police Officer,
Asselta graduated from Vineland High School, Cumberland
County College and the Frederick Military Academy. He also
attended Rider College and the Glassboro State College Management
After college, Asselta worked for 23 years as Marketing
and Production Director for Times Graphic Inc., a Gannett
Company subsidiary. Upon his election in 1995 to the New
Jersey State Assembly, he became an independent consultant.
He has been married to Nancy Small-Asselta since 1980 and
they reside in Vineland. Nancy Small-Asselta owns and operates
her own interior design company which is also based in Vineland.
Over the past two decades, Senator Asselta has been an
educator, a coach and a community leader. From 1978 until
1981, he served as an adjunct faculty member at Atlantic
County Community College where he served as the head basketball
coach. Asselta was also the basketball coach at Vineland
High School from 1985 to 1987. In 1993, he was elected to
the Vineland Board of Education and on January 23, 1995
he was sworn in as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly
to fill an unexpired term. In November of that same year,
he was elected to his first full term, representing New
Jersey's First Legislative District in the General Assembly.
Having completed four terms in the General Assembly, Nick
Asselta was sworn into the State Senate on January 13, 2004.
During his time in the Assembly, Asselta fought for our
children's education, our community's access to health care,
and the concerns of our country's veterans. In addition,
he has spent a great deal of energy fighting for the economic
stability of Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic counties,
particularly regarding the tourism industry. As a current
member of the Senate Committee on Wagering, Tourism and
Historic Preservation, the Committee on Urban and Community
Affairs, and the Senate State Government Committee, Asselta
has played a major role in ensuring that South Jersey's
voice is heard in Trenton.
Regarding his steadfast support of those individuals who
defend out country’s liberty and honor, the Senator
was instrumental in locating the necessary state funding
to complete the construction of the new Vineland Veterans’
Home. The original Vineland Veterans’ Home was built
by Asselta's great-grandfather, James D. Pasquale and his
father, Carl Asselta served as a board member of the Home
for 17 years. He considers the completion of this facility
as a highlight of his career in public service.
Senator Asselta is one of the leading proponents for New
Jersey’s seniors in the State Senate. Recently, he
was an instrumental sponsor of Senate Bill 1642, the “Independence,
Dignity and Choice in Long-Term Care Act.” Senate
Bill 1642 will adjust New Jersey’s long-term care
funding structure to provide more options to New Jersey’s
seniors. The measure creates a coordinated, statewide long-term
care system designed to ensure that those who need care
receive it, and that they have more opportunities to choose
between community-based, home-based and nursing home care.
Senator Asselta was successful in ensuring the bill’s
passage, and Governor Corzine signed S1642 into law on June
In addition, Senator Asselta introduced Senate Bill 1752,
the “Pharmacy Quality Improvement and Error Prevention
Act,” which will establish a 24-member "Medication
Error Prevention Task Force" to provide guidelines
for the New Jersey State Board of Pharmacy to utilize in
implementing medication error prevention, pharmacy quality
improvement, and consumer education programs on this topic.
Asselta is working tirelessly to push this bill through
the legislative process to eliminate the frequency of drug-related
errors that New Jerseyans often experience.
Senator Asselta is leading the movement to improve Southern
New Jersey’s infrastructure. One of his accomplishments
in improving our state’s transportation involves legislation
which would direct the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department
of Transportation to allocate monies for concept development
and design of a Route 55 extension. Route 55 is a vital
roadway to our tourism region, and desperately needs to
be expanded to allow for an easier traffic flow.
Senator Asselta believes that our infrastructure system
works hand in hand with the state of our economy. Asselta
has worked arduously to revitalize unique tourism and economic
venues in the First Legislative District. As a result of
the Senator’s efforts, Cape May County now has a passenger
rail service for the first time since 1980. In addition,
Asselta included Ocean City and Wildwood in the legislation
for the state’s 35 Special Improvement Districts.
Due to his efforts, new, vibrant downtown areas are being
reborn in those popular tourist destinations, with New Jersey’s
Another of Senator Asselta’s accomplishments in the
tourism industry involves legislation to establish a New
Jersey Travel & Tourism Commission, Senate Bill 291.
This bill also appropriates $20 million for at least two
welcome centers, which is of particular importance to the
First Legislative District, where tourism is a vital component
to a healthy economy.
Due to its enormous importance, Senator Asselta continually
strives in the Legislature on behalf of the Jersey Shore
and the tourism industry. In the coming years, Senator Asselta
will continue to devote himself to provide the best quality
of life for his constituents and of those throughout the