Jay Webber

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Jay Webber
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 26th district
Assumed office
January 8, 2008
Serving with BettyLou DeCroce
Preceded byJoseph Pennacchio
Chair of the New Jersey Republican Party
In office
June 2009 – January 11, 2011
Preceded byTom Wilson
Succeeded bySam Raia
Personal details
Born (1972-02-29) February 29, 1972 (age 46)
Teaneck, New Jersey, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationJohns Hopkins University (BA)
Harvard University (JD)
WebsiteCampaign website

James K. "Jay" Webber[1] (born February 29, 1972) is an American Republican politician, who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since January 8, 2008, where he represents the 26th legislative district. He served as Chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee from June 2009 until January 2011. He was the Republican nominee in the 2018 election for New Jersey's 11th congressional district.

Early life and education[edit]

Webber was born in Teaneck, New Jersey. Raised in Clifton, he attended Saint Joseph Regional High School.[2] He received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University with a major in international studies, and earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School.[3] Before becoming a practicing attorney, he served as a legislative aide to William J. Martini during his term in Congress and clerked for New Jersey Supreme Court justice Peter Verniero.[4][5]

Political career[edit]

New Jersey General Assembly[edit]

At the age of 30 in 2003, Webber ran in the Republican primary against incumbent State Senator Robert Martin by running to the right of the senator.[4] Martin defeated Webber by approximately 1,900 votes, 15 percentage points from the total vote.[6]

In 2007, following the retirement of Martin from the Senate and incumbent Assemblyman Joseph Pennacchio deciding to run for Martin's seat, Webber ran in the Republican primary for Pennacchio's Assembly seat. Incumbent Alex DeCroce took the most votes in the June primary (9,833 votes or 41.1%) while Webber advanced to the November general election by coming in second (7,679 votes, 32.2%) defeating Kinnelon councilman Larry Casha (6,369 votes, 26.7%).[7][8] Webber was elected in the general election and has subsequently been re-elected every two years since then.

Webber serves in the Assembly on the Appropriation Committee, Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee, and the Homeland Security & State Preparedness Committee.[9] In 2011, Webber was the Republican Co-chair of the 2011 New Jersey Apportionment Commission, the group charged with redrawing the lines for the state legislative districts following the 2010 Census.[10] Webber is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council, serving as one of two New Jersey state leaders (Senator Steve Oroho is the other New Jersey co-chair).[11]

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 26th District for the 2018-19 legislative session are Senator Joseph Pennacchio and Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce.[12]

On June 11, 2009, Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie announced his selection of Webber to succeed Tom Wilson as chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee.[13] State Committee members unanimously supported the selection of Webber in a vote on June 17, 2009.[14] Webber announced that he would be leaving the Chairman's post in January 2011, and was succeeded by Sam Raia.[15] In the assembly, he voted against banning conversion therapy for minors [16][17] [18].

2018 U.S. House campaign[edit]

On February 3, 2018, Webber announced he would officially run for the U.S. House seat representing New Jersey's 11th congressional district, after incumbent Rodney Frelinghuysen announced on January 29 that he would not seek reelection. Webber received the Republican Party nomination in the June 6 primary election over Anthony Ghee and Peter DeNeufville and will face Democratic nominee Mikie Sherrill in the November general election.[19] Webber has blocked some users from commenting on his Facebook and Twitter posts.[20] [21]The reference notes that Webber's office was asked to respond but had not by the date of the reference. Webber was defeated by Sherrill on November 6, 2018 by about 13% points.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Johanna, with whom he has seven children. He is a resident of Morris Plains.

He owns a law firm based in Whippany.


  1. ^ James K. Webber, Webber McGill LLC. Accessed June 5, 2018.
  2. ^ Garber, Phil. "Republican voters to pick possible successor to Frelinghuysen in 11th District", Cedar Grove / Verona Observer, May 29, 2018. Accessed June 28, 2018. "Webber grew up in Clifton and attended St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale."
  3. ^ Assemblyman Webber's legislative webpage, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed February 13, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Kornacki, Steve (April 13, 2003). "Martin makes right turn on road to a GOP primary". Politics NJ. Archived from the original on December 12, 2006. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  5. ^ "Assemblyman Jay Webber". New Jersey Assembly Republicans. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  6. ^ "Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For June 2003 Primary Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. April 3, 2006. p. 26. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  7. ^ Heyboer, Kelly; Murphy, Dan (June 5, 2007). "26th District: DeCroce, Webber win GOP Assembly nods". The Star-Ledger. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  8. ^ "Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For June 2007 Primary Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. July 20, 2007. p. 26. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  9. ^ http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/BIO.asp?Leg=283
  10. ^ "New Jersey Apportionment Committee - Commission Membership". Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  11. ^ "State Chairs - ALEC". American Legislative Exchange Council. Retrieved September 15, 2015.
  12. ^ Legislative Roster, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed September 15, 2015.
  13. ^ Rispoli, Michael. "N.J. gov candidate Chris Christie taps Assemblyman Jay Webber to head N.J. GOP", The Star-Ledger, June 11, 2009. Accessed September 26, 2015.
  14. ^ "Webber Elected NJGOP Chairman". New Jersey Republican State Committee. 2009-06-18. Retrieved 2009-06-19.[dead link]
  15. ^ Dinges, Tomás. "N.J. Republican Party elects new state chairman", The Star-Ledger, January 11, 2011. Accessed September 26, 2015. "Raia was named the new head of the New Jersey Republican State Committee last Thursday. That news came shortly after former chair Assemblyman Jay Webber, of Morris Plains, announced he would step down."
  16. ^ https://www.insidernj.com/press-release/statement-jay-webbers-anti-lgbt-track-record-luncheon-vice-president-pence/
  17. ^ https://www.njspotlight.com/stories/18/10/11/billed-as-a-national-litmus-test-debate-in-cd-11-stays-close-to-home/
  18. ^ https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45478
  19. ^ Hetrick, Christian (June 5, 2018). "Jay Webber Wins GOP Primary in New Jersey's 11th District". Observer. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  20. ^ http://www.myveronanj.com/2018/05/24/trump-twitter-ruling-raises-issues-for-verona-legislator/
  21. ^ https://www.wnyc.org/story/nj-11-webber-blocks-voters-who-disagree-him-twitter-and-facebook/

External links[edit]

New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Joseph Pennacchio
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 26th district

Served alongside: Alex DeCroce, BettyLou DeCroce
Party political offices
Preceded by
Tom Wilson
Chair of the New Jersey Republican Party
Succeeded by
Sam Raia