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|New Jersey General Assembly District 25|
|1998-January 10, 2010|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2007|
|Bachelor's||Yale University, 1971|
|Master's||University of Pennsylvania, 1987|
|J.D.||Fordham University School of Law, 1975|
Merkt earned his B.A. in History from Yale University in 1971, his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1975 and his M.G.A. in Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. His professional experience includes working as an attorney, as Vice President/General Counsel for Transistor Devices, Inc, as a legislative aide for the Assembly from 1976 to 1982, 1986 to 1996, as well as a Special Assistant for the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs.
- Appropriations Committee, New Jersey General Assembly
- Higher Education Committee, New Jersey General Assembly
- Intergovernmental Relations Commission
Merkt's answers to the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are available. When asked his top priorities, he responded:
My first piority remains a fair share of State resources for Morris County. We pay Trenton more that $1 billion in income tax, yet get back under $160 million in school aid, shortchanging Morris schoolchildren and homeowners and driving up local property taxes.My other priority is to restore State finances back to a sound footing through reduced state taxes, debt and spending. New Jersey is lurching toward bankruptcy, and we must change course now.
- A149 Establishes limits on contributions county and municipal committees of a political party can give per election or per year to candidates and certain political committees.
- A152 Prohibits legislators from representing local government entities, or persons before local government entities.
- A162 Prohibits legislators from certain lobbying activities for two years after leaving office; provides additional civil penalties for violations.
- A648 Includes same sex marriages among marriages declared void; provides that New Jersey will not recognize marriages in other jurisdictions which are void in New Jersey.
The top five donors to Merkt's 2007 campaign were all professional organizations:
- 1. NJ Coalition of Automotive Retailers/CAR PAC $3,000
- 2. NJ Assoc of Realtors $2,500
- 3. NJ Dental Assoc $2,100
- 4. New Jersey Education Association $2,000
- 5. NJ Business & Industry Assoc $1,500
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- Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Richard Merkt," accessed December 17, 2014
- Project Vote Smart, "Richard Merkt - Issue Positions," accessed December 17, 2014
- New Jersey State Legislature, "Bills Sponsored by Senators and Representatives," accessed April 10, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2007 Campaign Contributions," accessed December 16, 2014
|New Jersey Assembly District 25
| Succeeded by|
Anthony Bucco, Jr. (R)
State of New Jersey
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