About Us

Senator Holzapfel | Assemblyman McGuckin | Assemblyman Catalano

Senator James Holzapfel

Senator James W. Holzapfel was raised in Point Pleasant, where he graduated from high school in 1962. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Monmouth College in 1966 and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1969.

After graduating law school, Jim was admitted to practice law before the United State Supreme Court, the New Jersey Supreme Court and the Florida Supreme Court. He served as the Ocean County Prosecutor from 1987 to 1992, and is currently Senior Partner of Citta, Holzapfel, Zabarsky, Attorneys at Law, in Toms River, New Jersey.

He was first elected to the New Jersey Legislature in 1994 as an Assemblyman for the 10th Legislative District. He is a former Chairman of the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee.

While serving as a member of the General Asssembly, he held a number of leadership roles, including service as Assistant Majority Whip from 1998-2000 and as a Deputy Republican Leader from 2002-2003. Jim is also a past chairman of the Joint Committee on Ethical Standards and was a Chairman of the Governor’s Study Commission on Parole from 1995-1996.

In November of 2011, Jim was elected to the New Jersey Senate. He was sworn-in as as the Senator for the 10th Legislative District on January 10, 2012.

Jim has served on and participated in organizations and groups including the Law Enforcement Study Commission, the NJ Supreme Court Committee on Municipal Courts, National District Attorneys Association, and Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Senator Holzapfel lives in Toms River with his wife Joyce.

Assemblyman Gregory McGuckin

Gregory P. McGuckin was born on July 2,1961 in East Orange, NJ. He grew up in Brick Township where his father served as Mayor in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

McGuckin received his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Providence College in 1983, where he was a Dean’s List student. Following college he attended Seton Hall University Law School where he received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1987. While attending Seton Hall Law School, he was elected to the Student Senate, served as President of the Irish American Law Students Association (IALSA), Student Director of the school’s Juvenile Justice Clinic, interned in the United States District Court and represented the law school in local and National Moot Court competitions.

McGuckin served a Judicial Clerkship with the Superior Court of New Jersey and thereafter became associated with the Forked River law firm of Dasti and Murphy. In 1996 he was named a partner in the firm which is now known as Dasti, Murphy, McGuckin, Ulaky, Cherkos & Connors. He was Dasti, Murphy, McGuckin, Ulaky, Cherkos & Connors and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys. McGuckin has served numerous municipalities as Municipal Solicitor, Planning Board Attorney, Zoning Board Attorney and Municipal Prosecutor.

In 2003 McGuckin was first elected to the Township Council in Toms River, the eighth largest municipality in New Jersey, where he served as Council President from 2004-2011. He was elected to the General Assembly in November, 2011. He has three teenage daughters, all of whom he has coached in travel soccer as a long time member of the Toms River Soccer Association.

Assemblyman John Catalano

In November of 2019, Assemblyman John Catalano was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly to represent the 10th Legislative District. Assemblyman Catalano was born and raised in New Jersey and attended Bloomfield High School. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Assemblyman Catalano has deep ties in the Brick Township community, including owning several local businesses such as Country Store Jewelers which opened in 1985 and JBJ Elisabeth, LLC which was founded in 2004.

Assemblyman Catalano previously served as Councilman in Brick Township in 2014 and was the President of the Brick Township Republican Club from 2013-2019. He has proudly dedicated his time to the community serving on the Brick Township Planning Board, the Brick Township Small Business Committee and the Brick Township Historic Preservation Committee. He was also the Commissioner of the Brick Township Housing Authority and Vice Chair for the Brick MUA.

Assemblyman Catalano resides in Brick with his wife Beth Ann and daughter Jenna.