Assemblyman Giblin was elected into the Assembly in 2005, re-elected in 2007, 2009 and 2011. He was chairman of the New Jersey State Democratic Committee from 1997 to 2001. He also served as chairman of the Essex County Democratic Committee from 1993 to 2002.
His career in public service began in 1977 when he was elected to serve as an Essex County Freeholder. In 1979, he became a commissioner on the New Jersey Real Estate Commission. He returned to the Essex County Board of Freeholders in 1982 and served until 1990. He was the surrogate of Essex County from 1990 to 1993. He was a member of the 2001 New Jersey Legislative Apportionment Commission and, in 1996, was a member of the New Jersey Electoral College.
Mr. Giblin is business manager of the 5,800-member Local 68 of the International Union of Operating Engineers, AFL-CIO, headquartered in West Caldwell. A previous president of Local 68, Mr. Giblin served as chairman of the board of trustees for the union's pension, welfare, education, and annuity funds. He is the President of the Essex-West Hudson Labor Council, AFL-CIO. He also serves on the advisory boards of the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations and the Seton Hall University College of Arts and Sciences.
The assemblyman has served on a variety of community and charitable organizations. He is a board member of Immaculate Conception High School, Montclair, Mount St. Dominic Academy, Caldwell, and the Blue Wave Foundation. He is a Silver Life Member of the New Jersey PBA, and is a 100-unit donor to the Blood Center of New Jersey. He was the 2011 Woodbridge Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal.
Mr. Giblin was born in East Orange on Jan. 15, 1947. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University, where he majored in political science. He served as a member of the New Jersey Air National Guard from 1966 to 1972, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He is a member of American Legion Post 185 in Caldwell and The Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 657 in Clifton.
Assemblyman. Giblin is the father of five children: Thomas P., Esq.; Noreen M., Esq.; Edward; Patrick; and Dr. Anne, D.P.T.; and grandfather of John P., Owen P., James P., Kevin R., Finola S., Caroline Q., and Natalie
Higher Education Committee– Vice Chair
The Assembly Higher Education Committee handles issues that relate directly to the state’s 31 public colleges and universities, including its 19 county and community colleges. The committee assists in directing policy relating to tuition aid and scholarship programs, such as the popular NJ STARS, and ensuring the success of inter-institutional agreements entered into by schools.
Regulated Professions Committee – Chair
The Assembly Regulated Professions Committee is responsible for monitoring, updating and amending laws dealing with licensed professions, such as architects or electricians.
Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee – Member
The Assembly Transportation;, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee is responsible for monitoring all segments of state transportation, including bridge and highway construction, motor vehicle inspections, expansion of light-rail train systems, and management of the toll road authorities.