Reed Gusciora (born March 27, 1960) is a Democrat who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 1996, representing the 15th Legislative District, which includes portions of Mercer and Hunterdon Counties, including the Capital City of Trenton.
Reed's father, Walter, worked at the Department of Health in Trenton, and the City was an integral part of Reed's childhood. As a teen attending Jamesburg public schools, he regularly worked with his family’s company, Aardvark Pest Control, conducting clean ups on East State Street, and spent time visiting Trenton's famous restaurants with his father.
Gusciora received a B.A. from The Catholic University of America in Politics and International Relations, and was awarded a J.D. in 1988 from the Seton Hall University of Law. Formerly, Gusciora worked as a congressional aide, campaign manager to Barbara Boggs Sigmund, and an attorney at Stark and Stark. Currently, he works as a municipal prosecutor in Princeton, Lawrenceville, and Hopewell Borough, and as a professor at The College of New Jersey. Reed moved to Trenton from Princeton in 2011 because he believed in the city’s potential, drawing on his childhood experiences. In 2013, he settled in his historic home on Renfrew Avenue with his two cats, Zuma and Piddy.
Gusciora has been Deputy Majority Leaders since 2008, and was the Assembly’s Assistant Minority Leader from 1998-2001. Gusciora has served as the Chair of the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development, Assembly Environment and Solid Waste, and Assembly Regulatory Oversight, Federal Relations, and Reform committees. He also sits on the Governor’s Advisory Council, and is a board member of the Mercer ARC, where he advocates for the rights of the developmentally disabled.
Not one to shy away from controversy, Gusciora has been a strong voice advocating for the development and revitalization of Trenton for more than two decades. Years ago, he lead the effort to prevent construction of the Martin Luther King Elementary School on top of a hazardous waste dumping site. His efforts were instrumental in securing funding to rebuild the dilapidated Trenton Central High School from the Christie Administration, and he organized the opposition against Christie’s recent effort to redevelop State Office Buildings in Downtown Trenton. Gusciora has also consistently promoted economic development by encouraging the growth of new industries, such as electronic waste recycling and recreational marijuana, and encouraging new business and real estate development in the City.
Gusciora is running for Mayor because he believes that Trenton deserves experienced, innovative, and dedicated leadership. He wants his administration to be a proactive partner in the lives of citizens, working with them to identify issues and remediate them as quickly and effectively as possible, while also implementing modern management practices to increase efficiency and develop a smart, 21st century city.