Photo Credit: tapinto.net Members of the New Jersey General Assembly took their oaths of Office this morning in Trenton, as the new session of the Legislature began.
In the 31st District, Democrat William B. Sampson IV, a resident of Bayonne, received the oath of office from Speaker Pro Tempore Benjie Wimberly, replacing Nicholas Chiaravalloti.
“William’s professional career has been to build bridges and stand up for the concerns important to middle-class and working people in New Jersey,” said Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “His experience in advocating for and finding ways to help Hudson County residents will make him an outstanding addition to the Assembly’s Democratic caucus.”
Sampson is a graduate of Washington Community School and Bayonne High School. He attended Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia on a basketball athletic scholarship. In 2013, Sampson joined the International Longshoreman’s Association Local 1588, where he works as a crane and multi-machine operator at Bayonne Global Container Terminal.
“I am proud to serve the residents of the 31st District in the community and, now, in the statehouse,” said Assemblyman Sampson (D-Hudson). “The last couple of years of the pandemic has brought many longtime issues to the forefront—unemployment, in education, and healthcare. I look forward to working with my fellow assembly members to meet the needs of Hudson County residents and all New Jerseyans.”
Sampson also serves as the vice-president for Hudson County’s chapter of the Asa Philip Randolph Institute, which is an organization of Black union workers that advocates for economic and racial justice. His work with the Asa Philip Randolph Institute allows him to educate people about the importance of civic engagement, voter outreach, and registration.
Assemblyman Sampson volunteers several charities, such as the Jersey City Boys and Girls Club, Mo Hair Foundations Men of Distinction, Monique’s Techniques Annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner, local toy drives, and donation programs.
Sampson is working to blaze a trail of excellence and legacy for his son, Nico Nazir Sampson.
THe 31st District represents Bayonne and a portion of Jersey City.
The remainder of the Hudson County legislative delegation, all Democrats, remains the same:
District 31: Assemblywoman Angela McKnight.and Senator Sandra Cunningham
District 32: Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez & Assemblyman Pedro Mejia and Senator Nicholas Sacco
District 33: Assemblyman Raj Mukherji & Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro and Senator Brian Stack