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Elizabeth Maher Muoio

Elizabeth Maher Muoio
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Treasurer of New Jersey
Assumed office
January 16, 2018
Acting: January 16, 2018 – April 12, 2018
GovernorPhil Murphy
Preceded byFord Scudder
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 15th district
In office
February 5, 2015 – January 15, 2018
Serving with Reed Gusciora
Preceded byBonnie Watson Coleman
Succeeded byVerlina Reynolds-Jackson
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Joseph Muoio
EducationWesleyan University (BA)
Georgetown University (JD)

Elizabeth Maher Muoio is an American Democratic Party politician who serves as the Treasurer of New Jersey.[1] Previously, she had been a member of the New Jersey General Assembly, the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature, representing the 15th Legislative District from 2015 to 2018. She had also served as a councilwoman from the borough of Pennington and a Mercer County Freeholder.

Political career

Muoio's first elected office that she won was serving on the Pennington Borough Council from 1997 until 2001.[2] In 2000, she was elected to the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders and was re-elected in 2003 and 2006. During her final year on the freeholder board, she served as vice-chair of the freeholder board.[3] In February 2008, County Executive Brian M. Hughes appointed Muoio to become the director of economic development for the county; she resigned her freeholder position upon taking this job.[3] While serving in this position, Muoio was elected to be chair of the Mercer County Democratic Committee in 2010 and was re-elected in 2012 and 2014.[4]

After 15th District Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman was elected to Congress in 2014, Muoio was speculated to become the appointed replacement to her in the Assembly. Muoio and her county committee strongly backed Watson Coleman in the Democratic primary for the Congressional seat in 2014.[5] Though initially other candidates announced intentions to run for the nomination to be appointed to the Assembly seat, members of the Mercer and Hunterdon County Democratic committees unanimously chose Muoio to fill the seat.[6] She was sworn in on February 5, 2015, in the Assembly chamber with her husband, two of her sons, and various local officials present.[5] In the Assembly, she served on the Regulated Professions Committee and the Women and Children Committee.[2] Muoio went on to win in the 2015 general election and started her first full term as assemblywoman the following January.[7]

The 15th district consists of most of Mercer County (including the capital city of Trenton) and East Amwell Township, Lambertville, and West Amwell Township in Hunterdon County.[8] The other representatives from the 15th District for the 2018–2019 Legislative Session are Gusciora in the Assembly, while Muoio's Senate colleague is Democrat Shirley Turner.[9][10]

Muoio was nominated by Governor Phil Murphy to serve as the Treasurer of New Jersey. She resigned from the Assembly effective January 15, 2018, as well as from her position as director of economic development for Mercer County in order to begin work in the executive branch, in advance of her confirmation by the New Jersey Senate; her resignation came less than a week after being sworn into office for her second full term in the Assembly.[11] She was confirmed by the full New Jersey Senate on April 12, 2018.

Personal life

Muoio earned a B.A. in history from Wesleyan University and a J.D. of law from Georgetown University Law School. While at Georgetown, she served as director of constituent services and later as legislative director for Texas Congressman Jack Brooks.[4]

She has lived in Pennington with her husband Joseph Muoio since 1995 and has three children.[4] Muoio has served on many boards and commissions including Pennington Borough public commissions, the Pennington Library's board of trustees, and in the Hopewell Valley League of Women Voters.[12]

See also


  1. ^ "Office of the Governor. Muoio Becomes Second Woman In New Jersey History to be Confirmed as State Treasurer". Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Elizabeth Maher Muoio (D)". New Jersey Legislature. 2015. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Curcio, Ralph (February 11, 2008). "Muoio to fill Mercer economic post". The Times of Trenton. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Brush, Chase (December 7, 2014). "Muoio confirms speculation, declares candidacy in LD15". Politicker NJ. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Davis, Mike (February 5, 2015). "Elizabeth Maher Muoio sworn in as new assemblywoman in 15th District". The Times of Trenton. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  6. ^ Davis, Mike (January 24, 2015). "Mercer County Democratic chairwoman Elizabeth Maher Muoio named new assemblywoman in 15th District". The Times of Trenton. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  7. ^ "2015 General Election 15th Legislative District results" (PDF). Retrieved 1 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Districts by Number". New Jersey Legislature. 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2015.
  9. ^ Legislative Roster 2018-2019 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 18, 2018.
  10. ^ District 15 Legislators, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 18, 2018.
  11. ^ Curran, Phillip Sean. "Assemblywoman Muoio resigns, creating vacancy in legislature",, January 17, 2018. "State Assemblywoman Liz Muoio, a Democrat who represented parts of Mercer and Hunterdon counties since 2015, resigned her seat to join the Murphy administration, thus creating a vacancy that many Democrats want to fill.... But she submitted her resignation to the Assembly clerk on Friday to become acting state Treasurer until she gets confirmed by the Democrat-controlled state Senate. Her resignation took effect at the end of business Monday, according to an aide. She also left her job as the Mercer County director of economic development."
  12. ^ "Mercer County, NJ | Elizabeth Maher Muoio". Mercer County, New Jersey. Archived from the original on May 31, 2009. Retrieved August 1, 2015.

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New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Bonnie Watson Coleman
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 15th district

Served alongside: Reed Gusciora
Succeeded by
Verlina Reynolds-Jackson
Political offices
Preceded by
Ford Scudder
Treasurer of New Jersey