Daniel Van Pelt

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Daniel Van Pelt
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New Jersey General Assembly District 9
Former officeholder
In office
2008 - 2009
Term ends
Resigned office July 31, 2009
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2007
First electedNovember 6, 2007
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionTownship Administrator, Lumberton Township
Daniel Van Pelt is a former Republican member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 9 from 2008 to 2009. He resigned his seat on July 31, 2009, following his arrest on federal corruption charges. He was replaced by DiAnne Gove (R).

Van Pent also served as township administrator for the Township of Lumberton. He previously worked as a policy analyst with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs from 1993 to 2005.[1]

Committee assignments



Van Pelt's answers to the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are available. In the test he did not answer the question of what his priorities are.[2]

  • A295 Requires any individual seeking elective public office to disclose when filing petition of nomination whether he or she has been convicted of a criminal offense
  • A303 Requires reduction in number of State employees to FY2000 level; establishes procedure to control creation of new State positions and filling of vacancies.
  • A1702 Eliminates the New Jersey inheritance tax
  • A3446 " 'Invest in New Jersey First' Act;" requires preference in awarding certain contracts for critical infrastructure projects.[3]

Campaign donors

The top five donors to Van Pelt's 2007 campaign were mainly construction organizations:[4]

  • 1. Remington and Vernick Engineers: $5,000
  • 2. Alaimo Group: $2,600
  • 3. Coastal Urban Renewal LLC: $2,500
  • 4. Owen Little & Associates: $2,400
  • 5. Van Pelt for TWP Cmte: $2,058



Van Pelt was arrested on July 23, 2009, by federal authorities on charges of accepting a $10,000 bribe. He is 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 L. Harvey Smith (D) was also arrested.[5][6]

On July 31, 2009, Van Pelt resigned his seat, stating:

"While I have an unblemished record of over 20 years in public service, I fully understand the outrage that has accompanied these accusations, and I recognize that the public has a right to its reaction."[7]

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Preceded by
New Jersey Assembly District 9
2008-July 31, 2009
Succeeded by
DiAnne Gove (R)