Assemblyman Nicholas A. Chiaravalloti represents the 31st Legislative District, which includes all of Bayonne and most of Jersey City. Nicholas was first elected in 2016 and in 2018, was named Deputy Parliamentarian by Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (LD-19). In January of 2020, Nicholas was named Majority Whip of the Assembly, and currently sits on the Judiciary and Commerce and Development Committees, and also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Human Services Committee.
Nicholas is a lifelong resident of Hudson County. He was born and raised in the City of Bayonne and attended St. Peter’s Prep. Like many of the residents that he represents, Nicholas’ parents immigrated to the United States in the 1950s in order to pursue their American Dream.
He received a Bachelor’s degree in History from The Catholic University of America and earned his Juris Doctorate from the Rutgers-Newark School of Law, becoming a member of the New Jersey Bar in 1998. In 2017, Nicholas received a Doctorate in Education from Saint Peter’s University.
Nicholas began his career in local government. He led the team that successfully negotiated the delivery and transfer of the Military Ocean Terminal (MOT) to the City. He worked for the City of Bayonne as Director of Policy and Planning, and for the Bayonne Local Redevelopment Authority as Executive Director.
He has also served as the State Director for United States Senator Robert Menendez from 2000 to 2007. In this role, he oversaw operations to provide constituent services to citizens, directed policy and programmatic initiatives, and served as a liaison to the Office of the Governor, members of the NJ congressional delegation, state lawmakers, mayors and a variety of non-profits and state agencies.
Currently he serves as the Vice President for External Affairs and Senior Counsel to the President for Hudson County Community College. Previously, he worked at Saint Peter’s University as the Fr. John Corridan Fellow, Associate Vice President for Community Engagement and as the Executive Director of the Guarini Institute for Government and Leadership. He is also a former attorney at Weiner-Lesniak, LLP.
As Assemblyman for the 31st Legislative District, Nicholas fights for people no matter their background, socioeconomic status, race or religion. Some of the issues that Nicholas is passionate about include education, healthcare, transportation and the economy.
Nicholas has taken a leading role in fighting for members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, including sponsoring legislation that breaks down the barriers between law enforcement officials and those who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Nicholas also was the primary sponsor in a bill that authorized local units to issue relief bonds due to COVID-19.
Nicholas has also fought for New Jersey’s children, and was a primary sponsor in a 2019 bill that would require the Department of Education to develop guidelines for school districts concerning child trafficking awareness, education and prevention.
Nicholas has always been involved in his community in various capacities, serving on the Board of Trustees for Holy Family Academy, St. Peter’s Preparatory, Hudson Cradle, and Bergen Community Chest. He also volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America, Bayonne Youth Soccer Association and Bayonne Little League.
He and his wife, Nancy Donofrio, are raising their three sons – AJ, Nico and Joshua in Bayonne along with their two Labrador Retrievers, Divi and Zion.