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Chris Brown
Chris A. Brown.jpg
New Jersey General Assembly District 2
In office
2012 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sRutgers University
J.D.Widener University School of Law
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1987-2009
CitationsBronze Star and Combat Infantryman Badge
Date of birthAugust 3, 1964
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Chris A. Brown (b. August 3, 1964) is a Republican member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 2. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.


Brown earned his B.A. from Rutgers University and his J.D. from the Widener University School of Law. His professional experience includes working as an attorney and owner of Christopher A. Brown Counselors at Law. Brown served as a Major in the U.S. Army from 1987 to 2009. He is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman Badge. He also served in the Iraq War, returning to service in 2009.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Brown served on the following committees:

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Regulatory Oversight
Tourism and Gaming


In the 2012-2013 legislative session, Brown served on the following committees:


2nd District debate


On September 15, the District 2 Assembly candidates took part in a debate sponsored by the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy and The Press of Atlantic City.

  • The full, hour-long debate can be found here.
  • The Senate candidates' debate can be found here.



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Brown won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 2. Brown was bracketed with John F. Amodeo. He was unopposed in the June 4 Republican primary. He and Vincent Mazzeo (D) defeated incumbent John Amodeo (R), Nick Russo (D) and Gary Stein (BPM) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[2][3][4][5]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 2 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Brown Incumbent 25.6% 26,020
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngVincent Mazzeo 24.8% 25,164
     Republican John Amodeo Incumbent 24.7% 25,124
     Democratic Nick Russo 23.5% 23,900
     Independent Gary Stein 1.4% 1,388
Total Votes 101,596


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Brown won election to District 2 of the New Jersey General Assembly. He and John Amodeo won the Republican primary unopposed. They then defeated Alisa Cooper and Damon Tyner in the November 8 general election.[6]

New Jersey General Assembly District 2 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Amodeo Incumbent 29.2% 25,330
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Brown 27.1% 23,440
     Democratic Alisa cooper 20.7% 17,933
     Democratic Damon Tyner 23% 19,919
Total Votes 86,622


Asbury Park Press

District 2 was one of only three districts that the Asbury Park Press identified as competitive in 2011. The other two were Districts 14 and 38. Districts 2 and 38 may lean more Republican after 2011 redistricting, and District 14 may still favor Democrats. As evidence, they cite a drop in registered Democrats in Districts 2 and 38, and only a small decrease in registered Democrats in District 14. History has shown, argues APP, that districts where Democrats hold less than a 10,000 registered voter advantage typically favor the GOP. The Democratic registration advantage in District 2 was roughly 9,200 (down from 11,000).[7]

NJ Spotlight

When assembly incumbent Vincent Polistina (R) chose to run for the State Senate, NJ Spotlight identified District 2 as a potential place for the GOP to lose a seat in the Assembly. Following redistricting, District 2 gained Democratic communities, losing Republican Galloway Township and picking up Democratic Somers Point, Buena and Buena Vista.[8]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Brown is available dating back to 2011. Based on available campaign finance records, Brown raised a total of $289,515 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[9]

Chris Brown's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey General Assembly, District 2 Won $289,515
Grand Total Raised $289,515


Brown won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Brown raised a total of $289,515.


Presidential preference


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

Chris Brown, New Jersey endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [10]


State leaders pick sides in District 2

Several powerful state leaders have expressed support for their chosen candidates in District 2. Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D) and Chairman of the state Democratic Committee John Wisniewski (D) have personally endorsed the Democratic ticket in District 2, attending a rally in support of the candidates. The Republican candidates have garnered the support of Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R), who attended an event for GOP campaign staff in District 2. The visits further highlight the importance of the district in November's election.[11]


Brown and his wife, Christine, have three children.

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