Amy Handlin

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Amy Handlin
New Jersey General Assembly District 13
In office
2006 - Present
Term ends
January 2014
Years in position 9
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2005
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHarvard University
Master'sColumbia University, 1979
Ph.D.New York University, 1991
Date of birth01/28/1956
Place of birthNeptune, NJ
ProfessionAssociate Professor of Marketing, Monmouth University
Office website
Campaign website
Amy H. Handlin (b. January 28, 1956) is a the deputy Republican leader of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 13th District since 2006. She is currently a Deputy Minority Leader.

Handlin currently works as an Associate Professor of Marketing at Monmouth University, a position she has held since 1998. Prior to her election to the Assembly, she served as a freeholder in Monmouth County from 1990-2005, was deputy mayor of Middletown from 1989-1990, and served on the Middletown Township Committee from 1987-1990. [1]

Committee assignments

2010-2012 committees:


  • A221 Establishes campaign advertising ethics committee; imposes penalties for making false, deceptive, misleading or fraudulent statements about candidates for public office.
  • A391 Requires all elected officials and candidates and certain other public officials to file financial disclosure statement.
  • A412 Requires all elected or appointed local government officers to receive ethics training.
  • A965 Prohibits candidates and elected public officials charged with crimes from using campaign contributions for their legal defense.[2]

National Political Awareness Test

Handlin's answers to the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are available. When asked her top priorities she listed the top three as:[3]

  • Cut state spending, enact permanent property tax reform
  • End pay-to-play, enact significant campaign Finance reform
  • Enact strict ethics laws and mandatory ethics training

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Amy Handlin endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Handlin ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 13. Handlin is bracketed with Declan O'Scanlon, Jr.. She defeated Edna Walsh and Stephen Boracchia in the June 4 Republican primary. She is challenged by Allison Friedman (D) and Matthew Morehead (D) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[5]


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Handlin won re-election in 2011. Handlin and Declan O'Scanlon, Jr. ran unopposed in the June 7 Republican primary. They then defeated Kevin Lavan, Patrick Short, William Lawton, and Frank Cottone in the November 8 general election.[6]

New Jersey General Assembly District 13 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngAmy Handlin Incumbent 30.5% 24,073
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDeclan O'Scanlon Incumbent 28.8% 22,754
     Democratic Kevin Lavan 19.2% 15,165
     Democratic Patrick Short 19.4% 15,333
     Constitution Frank Cottone 1.1% 834
     Constitution William Lawton 1% 757
Total Votes 78,916


Running for re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election, Handlin received 39,863 votes (33%), defeating challengers Bob Brown, James Grenafege, and Sean Dunne.[7] She was bracketed with Samuel Thompson.[8]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Thirteenth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Amy H. Handlin (R) 39,998
Green check mark transparent.png Samuel D. Thompson (R) 38,967
Robert "Bob" Brown (D) 20,371
James Grenafege (D) 18,769

Campaign donors


In 2011, Handlin received $129,591 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[9]

New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Amy Handlin's campaign in 2011
New Jersey Republican Party$4,118
Medical Society Of New Jersey$3,350
Monmouth County Medical Society$2,100
New Jersey Funeral Directors Association$1,500
Gooch, Diane$1,000
Total Raised in 2011 $129,591
Total Votes received in 2011 24,073
Cost of each vote received $5.38


Below are Handlin's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:[10]

Contributor 2009 total
New Jersey Republican Party $13,488
Republican National Committee $6,775
New Jersey Education Association $4,300
Medical Society Of New Jersey $2,275
New Jersey Business & Industry Association $2,000


Handlin and her husband, David, have two children, Daniel and Rebecca.

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