Richard Merkt

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Richard Merkt
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New Jersey General Assembly District 25
Former member
In office
1998-January 10, 2010
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2007
First elected1997
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sYale University, 1971
Master'sUniversity of Pennsylvania, 1987
J.D.Fordham University School of Law, 1975
Richard Merkt is a former Republican member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 25 from 1998 to 2010. In 2009, he unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for Governor, rather than seeking re-election to the Assembly.


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.[1]

Committee assignments



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.[2]

  • 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.[3]

Campaign donors

The top five donors to Merkt's 2007 campaign were all professional organizations:[4]

  • 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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Preceded by
New Jersey Assembly District 25
Succeeded by
Anthony Bucco, Jr. (R)