Robert W. Singer

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Robert W. Singer
Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 30th district
Assumed office
October 14, 1993
Preceded byJohn E. Dimon
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 30th district
In office
January 14, 1992 – October 14, 1993
Serving with Melvin Cottrell
Preceded byMarion Crecco
John V. Kelly
Succeeded byJoseph R. Malone
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 10th district
In office
January 14, 1986 – January 9, 1990
Serving with John Paul Doyle
Preceded byMarlene Lynch Ford
Succeeded byMarlene Lynch Ford
Personal details
Born (1947-10-29) October 29, 1947 (age 72)
New York City
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Caryl Singer
ResidenceLakewood Township, New Jersey
WebsiteLegislative web page

Robert W. Singer (born October 29, 1947) is an American Republican Party politician, who has been serving in the New Jersey State Senate since 1993, where he represents the 30th Legislative District. He was the Mayor of Lakewood Township, New Jersey in 2009.[1] He is the fifth-most senior senator behind Ronald Rice, Raymond Lesniak, Gerald Cardinale, and Richard Codey.

Personal life[edit]

Singer was born in New York City on October 29, 1947. He grew up in New York attending public schools there. From 1966 to 1972, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves. He married the former Caryl Lynn Russo and has four children. He is a resident of Lakewood Township.[2]

Robert Singer is Vice President of Corporate Relations, Community/Kimball Medical Center.[3]

Political career[edit]

Before entering New Jersey's Senate, Singer served in the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature, the General Assembly for two stints, once from 1986 to 1990 serving the Ocean County-based 10th district, and again from 1992 through 1993 in the 30th district which now stretched from Burlington County through Monmouth and Ocean counties. He sought re-election to his Assembly seat in 1989 but was defeated by incumbent Democrat John Paul Doyle and former Democratic Assemblywoman Marlene Lynch Ford (the latter of whom Singer defeated in the 1985 and 1987 elections). In The Assembly, Singer was the Majority Whip from 1992 to 1993. Senator Singer had served on the Lakewood Township Committee since 1981, and was its mayor in 1983, from 1985 to 1986, 1994, and again in 2009 until retiring in 2010. He has been on the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council Board of Directors since 2001 and from 1996 to 1999 and the Lakewood Municipal Utility Authority since 1999 as Chair. He has served since 1999 on the Ocean County Board of Health as its Vice Chair. Singer serves on the Board of Trustees of Georgian Court University in Lakewood and is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council.[3]

Incumbent 30th district State Senator John E. Dimon announced that he would not seek re-election in 1993 due to poor health. Singer ran in the primary unopposed and became the Republican nominee for the November general election.[4] Singer was selected by Republican committee members of the district to serve the unexpired Senate term of the late John E. Dimon and was sworn into office on October 14, 1993.[5] He had simultaneously held a seat in the New Jersey Senate and as Mayor until 2010 when he chose to not seek re-election to the Lakewood Township Committee. Singer had been a member of the Township Committee for nearly thirty years. Prior to retiring from the Lakewood Township Committee, dual office holding was allowed under a grandfather clause in the state law enacted by the New Jersey Legislature and signed into law by Governor of New Jersey Jon Corzine in September 2007 that prevents dual-office-holding but allows those who had held both positions as of February 1, 2008, to retain both posts.[6]

In the Senate, Singer served as the Co-Republican Majority Leader from 2002 to 2003 and as the Assistant Majority Leader from 1997 to 2001. Singer serves on the Legislative Services Commission, the Commerce Committee and the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.[3] Singer currently serves on the New Jersey Commission on Aging, the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology and the New Jersey Asian American Commission. Singer has been the sponsor of various economic development measures, including bills to assist biotechnology and computer software firms, and to authorize the creation of Urban Enterprise Zones in the district.

District 30[edit]

Each of the forty 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 30th district for the 2014-2015 Legislative Session are:[7]

Election history[edit]

New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert Singer (incumbent) 36,563 70.2
Democratic William H. Field 15,535 29.8
Republican hold
New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert Singer (incumbent) 21,990 65.9
Democratic Steve Morlino 11,376 34.1
Republican hold
New Jersey State Senate elections, 2007[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Robert Singer (incumbent) 23,072 61.6
Democratic Steve Morlino 14,365 38.4
Republican hold


  1. ^ Lakewood Township Committee, Lakewood Township. Accessed January 16, 2009.
  2. ^ Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey - Two Hundred and Eleventh Legislature (First Session) (PDF). Skinder-Strauss Associates. 2004. p. 238. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Senator Singer's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed April 13, 2008.
  4. ^ Urgo, Jacqueline L. (June 1, 1993). "It's Musical Chairs To Replace Dimon The Incumbent Senator Chose Not To Run Again. Two Republicans Moved Up A Notch To Fill In The Gaps". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  5. ^ Lowe, Herbert. "A Game of Musical Chairs: When a Senator Died this Summer, an Assembly Candidate Replaced Him in the State Senate",[dead link] The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 26, 1993. Accessed July 4, 2015. "Republican Robert W. Singer, a former mayor of Lakewood Township, is seeking his first term as state senator. Singer, 45, was serving his third two-year term in the Assembly until moving over to the Senate on October 14 to succeed John Dimon, who died in September."
  6. ^ via Associated Press. "N.J. Lawmakers keep double dipping", WPVI-TV, March 4, 2008. Accessed June 4, 2009.
  7. ^ "Legislative Roster 2014-2015 Session". New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  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 4, 2015.
  9. ^ Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed June 24, 2012.
  10. ^ Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2007 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 3, 2007. Accessed June 24, 2012.

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New Jersey Senate
Preceded by
John E. Dimon
Member of the New Jersey Senate for the 30th District
October 14, 1993 – present
Succeeded by
New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Marion Crecco
John V. Kelly
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 30th District
January 14, 1992 – October 14, 1993
With: Melvin Cottrell
Succeeded by
Joseph R. Malone
Preceded by
Marlene Lynch Ford
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 10th District
January 14, 1986 – January 9, 1990
With: John Paul Doyle
Succeeded by
Marlene Lynch Ford