Christopher J. Connors (born June 26, 1956) is a New Jersey Republican Party politician, who has served in the Senate since January 8, 2008, where he represents the 9th Legislative District. He served in the General Assembly from January 9, 1990 to January 8, 2008

Christopher J. Connors
Member of the New Jersey Senate from the 9th District
Assumed office
January 8, 2008
Preceded byLeonard T. Connors
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 9th District
In office
January 9, 1990 – January 8, 2008
Preceded byJohn T. Hendrickson Jr.
Succeeded byDaniel Van Pelt
Personal details
Born (1956-06-26) June 26, 1956 (age 63)
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceLacey Township, New Jersey
Alma materStockton State College
Rutgers University (M.P.A.)
Rutgers School of Law–Camden (J.D.)
OccupationAttorney
WebsiteLegislative Website

Early LifeEdit

Born in Ridgewood, New Jersey on June 26, 1956, Connors graduated from Southern Regional High School.[1] He received a B.S. degree in 1978 from Stockton State College (now Stockton University) in Business Administration, an M.P.A. in 1988 from Rutgers University in Public Administration and was awarded a J.D. in 1995 from the Rutgers School of Law - Camden in Camden.[2] He resides in the Forked River section of Lacey Township.[3] Connors is an attorney and is a partner at Dasti, Murphy, McGuckin, Ulaky, Koutsouris & Connors.[2]

Early Political CareerEdit

The son of Leonard T. Connors, he grew up in Surf City, New Jersey and gained his first exposure to politics as a child while helping his father run for city council. He moved to Toms River in 1978 and to Lacey Township four years later, where he was first encouraged to run on his own for elected office. Though initially reluctant to run for election, Connors said that "perhaps the urge to enter politics was a latent kind of urge for me".[4] Connors served on the Lacey Township Committee from 1985–90 and was Mayor of Lacey Township from 1986-89.[2] Connors was Executive Director from 1988–89 and was Deputy Executive Director from 1982-88 of the New Jersey Commission on Capital Budgeting and Planning during the Administration of former Governor Thomas Kean.

New Jersey AssemblyEdit

Connors was elected to the Assembly in 1989 and was sworn in on January 9, 1990. He served as Assistant Majority Leader of the Assembly from 1992 to 1996. He sponsored a law enacted in January 2000 requiring installation of ignition interlock devices in cars of repeat drunk driving offenders and of a 1998 law requiring criminal background checks for nurse aides and home personal care licensing applicants.

New Jersey SenateEdit

Connors succeeded his father, Leonard T. Connors, who served in the New Jersey Senate from 1982-2008.[5]

CommitteesEdit

  • Joint Committee on Housing Affordability
  • Community and Urban Affairs
  • Military and Veterans' Affairs
  • Intergovernmental Relations Commission
  • Legislative Services Commission

District 9Edit

Each of the 40 districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 9th Legislative District for the 2016-17 Legislative Session are:[6]

Electoral HistoryEdit

SenateEdit

New Jersey general election, 2017[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher J. Connors 41,438 64.6   6.2
Democratic Brian Corley White 22,717 35.4   6.2
Total votes 64,155 100.0
New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Christopher J. Connors (incumbent) 46,949 70.8
Democratic Anthony Mazella 19,365 29.2
Republican hold
New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Christopher J. Connors (incumbent) 32,027 64.9
Democratic Dorothy A. Ryan 17,320 35.1
Republican hold
New Jersey State Senate elections, 2007[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Christopher J. Connors 35,504 62.3
Democratic Russell K. Corby 21,524 37.7
Republican hold

AssemblyEdit

New Jersey general election, 2005[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher J. Connors 47,863 32.1   0.6
Republican Brian E. Rumpf 44,761 30.0   1.3
Democratic Dolores J. Coulter 29,365 19.7   0.2
Democratic James Den Uyl 27,060 18.2   0.9
Total votes 149,049 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2003[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher J. Connors 35,580 32.7   2.6
Republican Brian E. Rumpf 31,307 28.7   0.9
Democratic Dolores J. Coulter 21,282 19.5   1.3
Democratic Peter A. Terranova 20,763 19.1   0.4
Total votes 108,932 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2001[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Christopher J. Connors 44,004 30.1
Republican Jeffrey W. Moran 43,178 29.6
Democratic John F. Ryan 30,385 20.8
Democratic Robert DiBella 28,521 19.5
Total votes 146,088 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1999[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher J. Connors 31,492 30.6   1.3
Republican Jeffrey W. Moran 31,182 30.3   1.6
Democratic S. Karl Mohel 18,698 18.2   1.1
Democratic Jack Ryan 18,640 18.1   1.7
Conservative John N. Cardello 1,548 1.5   0.1
Conservative James W. Eissing 1,335 1.3   0.1
Total votes 102,895 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1997[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Jeffrey W. Moran 47,232 31.9   0.5
Republican Christopher J. Connors 47,205 31.9   0.8
Democratic Sharon Fumei 25,398 17.1   2.5
Democratic Michael G. Carrig 24,298 16.4   1.8
Conservative James W. Eissing 2,015 1.4   1.4
Conservative Nancy L. Eissing 2,009 1.4   1.5
Total votes 148,157 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1995 [16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher J. Connors 33,394 32.7   0.2
Republican Jeffrey W. Moran 33,113 32.4   0.2
Democratic Miriam Wolkofsky 14,979 14.6   3.0
Democratic Matt Cutano 14,959 14.6   3.0
Conservative Nancy L. Eissing 2,992 2.9 N/A
Conservative Leonard P. Marshall 2,835 2.8 N/A
Total votes 102,272 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1993[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher J. Connors 49,885 32.5   2.2
Republican Jeffrey W. Moran 49,363 32.2   2.4
Democratic Thomas Woolsey 27,046 17.6   2.1
Democratic Robert K. Smith 26,979 17.6   2.4
Total votes 153,273 100.0
New Jersey general election, 1989[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Christopher J. Connors 38,013 25.8   5.9
Republican Jeffrey W. Moran 37,604 25.5   5.2
Democratic Lawrence J. Williams 35,933 24.4   5.3
Democratic Joseph Meglino 35,753 24.3   5.7
Total votes 147,303 100.0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Staff. Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey: 2004 Edition, p. 258. Lawyers Diary and Manual, LLC. ISBN 9781577411871. Accessed December 14, 2016. "Christopher J. Connors, Rep., Lacey. Assemblyman Connors was born in Ridgewood on June 26, 1956. He was graduated from Southern Regional High School, and attended Stockton College, where he received his degree in business administration in 1978."
  2. ^ a b c Senator Connors' Legislative Website, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 21, 2008.
  3. ^ Assembly Member Christopher J. Connors, Project Vote Smart. Accessed August 9, 2007.
  4. ^ Staff. "Mayor got his ears wet in politics as a tot", Asbury Park Press, January 27, 1986. Accessed December 14, 2016. "Chris Connors grew up around politics. He was five years old when his father became a Surf City councilman. During his father's campaigns, he did everything from licking envelopes to going door-to-door in Surf City to promote his father."
  5. ^ Previti, Emily. "Era ends today for Connors in Senate", The Press of Atlantic City, January 7, 2008. Accessed February 1, 2012. "Today marks the last legislative session for state Sen. Leonard T. Connors, who has held the seat for a quarter-century.... The 78-year-old will be succeeded by his son, Assemblyman Christopher Connors, R -Ocean, Burlington, Atlantic, who will be sworn in to his Senate seat..."
  6. ^ Legislative Roster 2016-2017 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed November 26, 2016.
  7. ^ "2017-official-general-election-results-state-senate.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Official List Candidates for State Senate For GENERAL ELECTION 11/05/2015 Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. December 4, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
  9. ^ Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed January 8, 2012.
  10. ^ Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2007 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 3, 2007. Accessed June 22, 2012.
  11. ^ "05831236.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  12. ^ "2003g_a_candidate_tally.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  13. ^ "2001-general-elect-gen-assembly-tallies.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  14. ^ "1999-general-elect-gen-assembly-candidate-tallies.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  15. ^ "1999-general-elect-gen-assembly-candidate-tallies.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  16. ^ "NJ General Assembly 09". Our Campaigns. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  17. ^ "1991-general-election-results-st-senate-gen-assembly.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  18. ^ "1989-general-election-results-gen-assembly.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 31 March 2019.

External linksEdit