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.
The Law firm of CAFIERO LAW continues the tradition of performing legal services with competence and excellence. A successor to The Law Office of Cafiero & Balliette, the firm was first established by its founder Anthony J. Cafiero in 1931.
He was the son of a Philadelphia barber and began his work career at the age of 10 when joining the family business. Anthony worked as a barber and bellhop in downtown Philadelphia prior to moving to North Wildwood, New Jersey in 1921. He opened his own real estate office and was appointed to serve as the City of North Wildwood Treasurer prior to putting himself through law school in Newark, New Jersey.
Anthony returned to the Wildwoods and began his private law practice during which time he was appointed to serve as Clerk to the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders and, on two occasions, as the Cape May County Delegate to the State Constitutional Conventions that revised the New Jersey Constitution. Anthony went on to serve as a Cape May County Prosecutor, State Senator, Judge of the New Jersey Court of Common Pleas, Superior Court Judge and Assignment Judge for the State of New Jersey presiding over Cape May, Atlantic, Cumberland, Burlington, Gloucester and Salem counties. He diligently and conscientiously performed his duties and positively contributed to the New Jersey legal system for five decades.
Over the past 90 years, the firm has tirelessly promoted and protected its clients’ interests with the same tenacity and commitment as its humble and accomplished founder.