Robert Shapiro

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Robert Shapiro
Former candidate for
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
J.D.Stanford University, 1989
Ph.D.Harvard University, 1984
ProfessionAttorney and educator
Campaign website
Robert Shapiro was a 2014 independent ("Stop Boss Politics") candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of New Jersey.[1] He was defeated by Donald Norcross (D) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

Shapiro was previously a 2013 Republican candidate for District 6 of the New Jersey State Senate.[3]


Shapiro holds a Ph.D. in American History from Harvard University, which he earned in 1984. He also received a J.D. from Stanford University in 1989.[4] Shapiro has worked as a district attorney in Kings County, New York and is a practicing attorney.


Campaign themes


Shapiro listed the following themes on his campaign website:[5]

  • Art and culture
Excerpt: "The U.S. government, must foster our nation's culture. American taxpayers can protect accessibility and freedom of expression by supporting arts and culture with their tax dollars."
  • Agriculture
Excerpt: "I believe that sustainable and organic farming is good for New Jersey farmers and good for the nutrition of the nation."
  • Economy
Excerpt: "The big banks and Wall Street investment firms were not held liable for the damage they did, but were rewarded with loans and bailouts. Justice Department and the S.E.C. must investigate and prosecute the individuals who engaged in illegal activities which broke the economy."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "We have to close the tax loopholes so that corporations and individuals pay their fair share. Corporations should be liable for the statutory corporate tax of 35% and the tax code should discourage corporations from sending jobs overseas."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "We need to strengthen our borders and enact stricter laws against recruiting, hiring, and exploiting undocumented workers. Illegal immigrants should not be rewarded for breaking our laws, but those undocumented workers who have been working, paying taxes, and have been productive members of our society, should not be deported, but they should be penalized for breaking our immigration laws and should be forced to wait twice the amount of time to become citizens."
  • Technology
Excerpt: "In an electronic age where much of our personal information is stored in numerous databases, we need new laws to prevent the networking of these databases to prevent public disclosure of privately stored personal information."
  • Gun control
Excerpt: "I will introduce legislation to limit the amount ammunition which individuals can purchase and restrict ownership of automatic weapons."
  • Seniors
Excerpt: "I firmly oppose all efforts to privatize Social Security and is working on new proposals to ensure the solvency of Social Security for the next generation without raising the retirement age or affecting benefit levels for current recipients."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "The Affordable Care Act has to be reformed...I would allow the sale of health insurance across state lines...I would support legislation that would allow any legal resident of the United States to buy into Medicare at cost, with pre-tax dollars."
  • Term limits
Excerpt: "I support term limits for members of both Houses of Congress and a lifetime ban on members of Congress from becoming paid lobbyists."


Shapiro's campaign website explained his reason for running for New Jersey Senate:[6]

  • "Robert Shapiro’s candidacy is based upon the belief that even though the highest priority should be given to getting the American economy back on track, the rights and benefits of senior citizens, veterans, public servants, and students should not be jeopardized."



See also: New Jersey's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Shapiro ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 1st District. He lost to Donald Norcross (D) in the general election.[2] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 1 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDonald Norcross 57.4% 93,315
     Republican Garry Cobb 39.4% 64,073
     We Deserve Better Scot John Tomaszewski 1.1% 1,784
     Of the People Mike Berman 0.4% 634
     Change Is Needed Margaret Chapman 0.7% 1,103
     Democratic-Republican Donald Letton 0.3% 449
     Stop Boss Politics Robert Shapiro 0.7% 1,134
Total Votes 162,492
Source: New Jersey Division of Elections


See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Shapiro ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 6. Shapiro was defeated by Sudhir Deshmukh in the June 4 Republican primary. The general election took place on November 5, 2013.[7]

New Jersey State Senate District 6 Republican Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSudhir Deshmukh 71.5% 2,736
Robert Shapiro 28.5% 1,089
Total Votes 3,825


See also: New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Shapiro ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 3rd District. Shapiro ran as an Independent. He faced Shelley Adler, Jon Runyan, Robert Edward Forchion, Frederick John Lavergne, Christopher Dennick, Jr. and Robert Witterschein in the general election on November 6.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Shelley Adler 44.9% 145,506
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJon Runyan Incumbent 53.7% 174,253
     No Slogan Christopher Dennick, Jr. 0.1% 280
     Legalize Marijuana Robert Edward Forchion 0.6% 1,965
     No Slogan Frederick John Lavergne 0.2% 770
     Bob's for Jobs Robert Shapiro 0.3% 1,104
     None of Them Robert Witterschein 0.2% 530
Total Votes 324,408
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


Shapiro currently resides in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

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