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Ernest F. Schuck
Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 5th Legislative District

In office
January 8, 1974 – January 12, 1982
Serving with James Florio, Ronald J. Casella and Walter Rand
Preceded by District created
Succeeded by Wayne R. Bryant and Francis J. Gorman
Mayor of Barrington, New Jersey

In office
1968–1973
Personal details
Born (1929-03-01)March 1, 1929
Bridgeboro in Delran Township, New Jersey
Died May 16, 2009(2009-05-16) (aged 80)
Barrington, New Jersey
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Elizabeth McNichol
Children two daughters, one son
Alma mater Rutgers University College

Ernest F. Schuck (March 1, 1929 – May 16, 2009) was an American Democratic Party politician who served for seven years as mayor of Barrington, New Jersey and eight years in the New Jersey General Assembly, from 1974 to 1982, where he represented the 5th Legislative District.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Born in the Bridgeboro section of Delran Township, New Jersey on March 1, 1929, Schuck attended Palmyra High School. He received an undergraduate degree from Rutgers University College and later served during the Korean War with the United States Army.[1]

He was a frequent visitor to Ocean City, New Jersey, where he and his family owned a summer home. He was married to the former Elizabeth McNichol and had two daughters and a son.[2]

Schuck died at his home in Barrington at the age of 80 on May 16, 2009, due to lung cancer.[2]

Elected office[edit | edit source]

Schuck was first elected in 1966 to serve on the Borough Council of Barrington, New Jersey and was elected the next year to be the borough's mayor, serving in that role until 1974. He was elected in 1973, together with James Florio, to represent the 5th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly, which covered portions of Camden County and Gloucester County; Florio resigned in 1975 to take a seat in Congress. Schuck was re-elected in 1975, 1977 and 1979, winning by overwhelming margins each time, with Walter Rand as his running mate.[1][3][4][5][6]

While serving in office, Schuck supported legislation that created the state income tax, legalized casino gambling and established restrictions on development in the Pine Barrens.[2] In the Assembly, Schuck served on the Intergovernmental Relations Commission, the Law Revision and Legislative Review Commission and the Legislative Oversight Committee.[1] In the 1977 general election, Schuck and other local Democrat candidates for the legislature ran on platforms supporting Governor Brendan Byrne's re-election bid and his efforts to create a state income tax, as senior citizens and the many area residents commuting to work in Philadelphia and paying state taxes in Pennsylvania would all be likely to see a net gain from the proposal; Byrne's Republican opponent in the race for governor that year, Raymond Bateman, had proposed repealing the income tax and raising the necessary funds through a series of changes that included increasing the state sales tax.[7]

In the June 1981 Democratic Primary, Schuck ran for the nomination for the New Jersey Senate seat that had been held by Angelo Errichetti, who had been charged with his involvement in the Abscam scandal and would ultimately be forced to leave office on August 14, 1981, after his conviction.[8] Schuck faced off against his former Assembly running mate Walter Rand, who won the nomination by a 54%–46% margin and went on to win election to the Senate seat, serving until his death in 1995.[9]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Staff. "Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey: 1979 edition", p. 221. Fitzgerald's, 1979. Accessed September 26, 2016. "Assemblyman Schuck was born in Bridgeboro, March 1, 1929. He was graduated at Palmyra High School and attended Rutgers University College."
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ott, Dwight. "Ernest Schuck, former lawmaker", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 20, 2009. Accessed September 26, 2016.
  3. Results of the General Election Held November 6, 1973, Secretary of State of New Jersey. Accessed September 27, 2016.
  4. Results of the General Election Held November 4, 1975, Secretary of State of New Jersey. Accessed September 27, 2016.
  5. Results of the General Election Held November 8, 1977, Secretary of State of New Jersey. Accessed September 27, 2016.
  6. Results of the General Election Held November 6, 1979, Secretary of State of New Jersey. Accessed September 27, 2016.
  7. Janson, Donald. "Income‐Tax Issue Appears to Help Byrne Ticket in Camden Districts", The New York Times, October 28, 1977. Accessed September 27, 2016. "The state income tax issue appears to have become a boon to Governor Byrne and the rest of the Democratic ticket in the state's three legislative districts centered on Camden County. All nine Democratic candidates for the Legislature in the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Districts are supporting Governor Byrne and the income tax in their campaigns.... The Assembly incumbents there, Walter D. Rand of Camden and Ernest F. Schuck of Barrington, are considered strong favorites for re‐election on the Errichetti-Byrne ticket."
  8. Staff. "Ernest Schuck, former Assemblyman, dies", PolitickerNJ, May 18, 2009. Accessed September 27, 2016. "Schuck gave up his Assembly seat to run for State Senator in 1981, but lost the Democratic primary to Walter Rand; they were both seeking the seat of incumbent Angelo Errichetti, who was forced to forfeit is Senate seat and his position as Mayor of Camden following his criminal conviction in the Abscam scandal."
  9. Candidates for the Offices of State Senate and General Assembly – 1981 Primary, Secretary of State of New Jersey. Accessed September 27, 2016.

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