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Nicholas R. Felice (born February 5, 1927) is an American Republican Party politician who represented the 40th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1982 to 2002, in addition to serving as mayor of Fair Lawn.

Felice earned his undergraduate degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a major in Electrical Engineering. He served in the United States Army from 1945 to 1947 and saw duty in the Pacific theater as a Technical Sergeant.[1]

A full-time legislator, Felice served in his native Fair Lawn on its Planning Board from 1965 to 67 and again from 1972 to 1975, on both the Health Advisory Board and Youth Advisory Board from 1967 to 1975, and on the Local Assistance Board from 1965 to 1975. He was elected to the Fair Lawn Borough Council, serving from 1967 to 1972, as Mayor from 1972 to 1974 and then as Deputy Mayor in 1974 and 1975.[1]

He was elected to the Assembly in 1983 together with Republican Walter Kern, with the pair re-elected in 1985 and 1987. He won re-election in 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997 and 1999 with David C. Russo as his running mate.[2] Felice served in the General Assembly from 1982 to 2002, with posts as Assistant Majority Leader from 1986 to 1989, as Assistant Minority Leader in 1990 and 1991, as Deputy Speaker from 1992 to 1995 and as Speaker Pro Tempore starting in 1996. He served as Chair of the Health Committee, on the Environment Committee and on the Legislative Services Commission.[1]

In redistricting following the 2001 Census, Fair Lawn was relocated to the 38th Legislative District. In a split decision, Republican incumbent Rose Marie Heck won re-election with 27,055 votes (25.33% of the total) and Democrat Matt Ahearn with 26,919 votes (25.20%) took the second seat. Democrat Kay Nest came in third with 26,587 votes (24.89%) and Felice was also out of the money with 26,252 votes (24.58%).[3]

After leaving the Assembly, Felice was named in 2001 as legislative liaison to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, a post with an $85,000 annual salary.[4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Assemblyman Nicholas R. Felice at the Wayback Machine (archived February 25, 1998), New Jersey Legislature. Accessed June 2, 2010.
  2. NJ Assembly 40 - History, OurCampaigns.com. Accessed June 2, 2010.
  3. NJ Assembly 38 - History, OurCampaigns.com. Accessed June 2, 2010.
  4. Stainton, Lilo H. "Well-paying jobs boost pensions for ex-lawmakers", Asbury Park Press, September 25, 2003. Accessed June 2, 2010.
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Preceded by
W. Cary Edwards
New Jersey State Assemblyman - District 40
1982–2002
Succeeded by
Kevin J. O'Toole

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