L. Harvey Smith

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L. Harvey Smith
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New Jersey General Assembly District 31
Former officeholder
In office
2008 - 2009
Prior offices
New Jersey State Senate
ProfessionUndersheriff, Hudson County
L. Harvey Smith is a former Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 31 from 2008 to 2009. He agreed to resign his seat in the wake of his arrest on corruption charges.

Prior to his election to the Assembly, Smith served in the New Jersey State Senate from 2003 to 2004. He was also President of the Jersey City city council from 2001 to 2005, and Mayor of Jersey City in 2004.[1]

Committee assignments


  • A1117 Revises the calculation of school district budget caps, eliminates the restrictions on the submission of separate proposal for additional spending, and requires a performance audit upon the submission of such proposals.
  • A2572 Establishes the Department of Higher Education.
  • A2955 Permits bid for public works contract to be withdrawn due to error in certain circumstances; permits contracting unit to require financial statement from bidders.
  • A3123 Requires registration and oversight of home education programs.[2]

Campaign donors

The top 5 donors to Smith's 2007 campaign:[3]

  • 1. Hudson County Democratic Organization $230,865
  • 2. Eggers, Frederick G $2,600
  • 3. Learner Co $2,600
  • 4. Kramer, Amy L $2,600
  • 5. Redwood, Eldon, A $2,600


Corruption charges

Smith was arrested on July 23, 2009, by federal authorities on charges of accepting a $15,000 bribe. He was one of at least 30 politicians and religious leaders arrested in the same federal money-laundering and corruption sweep. The arrests were the result of a two-year FBI and IRS probe into money transfers by members of Syrian communities in Deal and Brooklyn. Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt (D) was also arrested.[4][5] On December 16, 2010, Smith was found not guilty of accepting a $15,000 bribe.[6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
New Jersey Assembly District 31
Succeeded by
Charles Mainor (D)