In addition to his legal career, Jim Cafiero also served as an elected member of the New Jersey Legislature from the First Legislative District which is comprised of all of Cape May County and portions of Atlantic and Cumberland Counties. He served as the First District's Assemblyman from 1968 to 1971 and as the First District's State senator from 1972-1981 and again from 1990-2003.
While in the Legislature, Jim served as the Senate Republican Whip, Chairman of the Senate Senior Citizens, Chairman of the Senate Women's Issues, Children & Family Services Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Vice-Chairman of the Senate Law and Public Safety Committee and as Chairman of the Joint Appropriation Committee in 1972. Additionally he also served on the Veteran's Affairs and Human Services Committee, the Senate State Government Committee and the Senate Coastal Resource and Tourism Committee.
Jim Cafiero graduated from the Lawrenceville School in 1946. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton Univerisity 1946 and Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1954. Also in 1954 he was admitted to the practice of law in the State of New Jersey. At the firm, he succeeded its founder, the Honorable A.J. Cafiero.