Fred Madden

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Fred Madden
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New Jersey State Senate District 4
Incumbent
In office
2004-Present
Term ends
January 10, 2014
Years in position 10
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2003
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sGlassboro State College
Associate'sCamden County Community College
Master'sSaint Joseph's University
Personal
BirthdayMarch 30, 1954
Place of birthPhiladelphia, PA
ProfessionProfessor
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Fred H. Madden, Jr. is a Democratic member of the New Jersey Senate, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2003. Bills that have been sponsored by Senator Madden include Senate Bill 2 and Senate Bill 57.[1]

Biography

Madden graduated from Glassboro State College with a B.A. in Law and Justice. He also graduated from St. Joseph's University with a M.S. in Criminal Justice.[2] Madden works as a security consultant of the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office. Madden was the acting superintendent of the New Jersey State Police from 2002 to 2003 and also was the Chief of Investigations.[3]

Committee assignments

2010-2011

In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Madden served on these committees:

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Madden ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 4. Madden was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and is challenged by Giancarlo D'orazio (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[4]

2011

Madden won re-election to the District 4 State Senate seat in the 2011 election. He was unopposed for the June 7 Democratic primary. He defeated Giancarlo D'Orazio (R) in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011. [5]

New Jersey State Senate District 4General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngFred Madden Incumbent 62.1% 23,868
     Republican Giancarlo D'Orazio 37.9% 14,569
Total Votes 38,437

2007

In 2007 Madden was re-elected to the New Jersey State Senate District 4. Madden (D) finished with 21,395 votes while his opponent Shelley Lovett (R) finished with 14,364 votes.[6] Madden raised $232,008 for his campaign fund.[7]

New Jersey State Senate District 4
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Fred Madden (D) 21,395
Shelley Lovett (R) 14,364

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Madden received $390,538 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

New Jersey State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Fred Madden's campaign in 2011
New Jersey Regional Council Of Carpenters$13,900
Carpenters & Joiners Of Philadelphia & Vicinity$9,000
Electrical Workers Local 351$8,700
Verizon$8,200
New Jersey State Laborers$8,200
Total Raised in 2011 $390,538
Total Votes received in 2011 23,868
Cost of each vote received $16.36

2007

In 2007, Madden collected $232,008 in donations.[9]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters $9,200
Electrical Workers Local 351 $7,700
New Jersey State Laborers $5,950
New Jersey Education Association $4,000
New Jersey Association of Realtors $4,000

Issues

Campaign themes

2011

In an interview with the Gloucester County Times, Madden listed his top priorities:

  • "We must continue to get our state’s fiscal house in order, cutting wasteful spending and reducing taxes on the middle class and businesses where we can. This will allow us to ensure that essential programs can continue, while not overburdening taxpayers further. We must also continue our efforts to create jobs and attract and retain businesses to our state. With our unemployment rate still mirroring the national average, now is the time for us to take aggressive action on targeting tax cuts for small businesses in the high-tech and health care sectors, and promoting investment in start-up companies. Finally, we must focus on improving health care for all residents. Over my tenure in the Senate I have been proud to support the work of organizations raising awareness of epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, and worked on legislation to provide cardiac screenings for our student athletes." [10]

     (For responses from all the candidates, see the full story here.)

Pensions

Double dipping is a term used to describe the practice of allowing government employees to “retire,” start collecting a pension and then return to work for the state while continuing to receive pension benefits. It is currently permitted in New Jersey. Banning or limiting double dipping is among the proposals in New Jersey to reduce the state pension obligation. Two companion bills, S601 and A860, were introduced in the 2012-2013 legislative session. As of August 2014 neither has reached the floor for a vote. In July 2013 New Jersey Watchdog published an article focusing on double dipping by New Jersey state legislators. The report identified 18 state lawmakers who receive retirement checks totaling $782,000 a year in addition to their legislative salaries. The roster includes leaders of each party in both the Senate and Assembly.[11]
Madden was included on the list of legislators currently receiving pension benefits and a legislative salary. According to the 2013 report, Madden receives a $85,272 pension per year. The employer at retirement was State Police.[11]

Personal

Madden and his wife, Patti, have four children. They currently reside in Washington Township, New Jersey.

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