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Robert Gordon
Robert Gordon.jpg
New Jersey State Senate District 38
In office
Term ends
January 10, 2014
Years in position 7
Speaker, General Assembly
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 6, 2007
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey State Assembly
Bachelor'sWilliams College
Master'sWharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Date of birthJuly 3, 1950
ProfessionManagement Consultant
Office website
Robert M. Gordon (b. July 3, 1950) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey Senate, representing District 38. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007. Gordon is currently the Majority Caucus Leader. Bills that have been sponsored by Senator Gordon include Senate Bill 99 and Senate Bill 301.[1]

Gordon served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2004 to 2007. He served as Speaker of the General Assembly in 2006. [2]


Gordon graduated with a B.A. in Political Economy from Williams College. He later graduated with a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley. Gordon also obtained an M.B.A in Finance and Health Care Management from the University of Pennsylvania.[3] He is a Management Consultant at Emergency Management Advisors, Limited Liability Corporation.


Campaign Themes


In a questionnaire for the League of Women Voters of New Jersey Education Fund, Gordon discussed the following issues:[4]

  • Property Taxes

"I believe we should increase funding for the Homestead Rebate program, specifically for low and middle-income households. However, I think other measures must be taken to reduce property taxes. I am a leading advocate of shared services and consolidation. I have sponsored several bills that would help facilitate shared services and make it easier for towns to consolidate."

  • Unemployment

"For small companies that have difficulty obtaining financing, we need to enact the Democratic jobs package that provides financial incentives for hiring and capital investment. For larger companies that are now flush with cash, but reluctant to invest in jobs because of uncertain demand, we need to promote consumer spending. I would increase disposable income and consumption by investing in construction projects that would enhance or repair our physical infrastructure."

  • Opportunity Scholarship Act

"Over the past two years, public school funding has been drastically cut. Therefore, I would find it very problematic to divert scarce public funds to private schools. I am also troubled by the fact that the public sector would be subsidizing religious schools."

  • State Aid to Municipalities

"I supported the millionaire’s tax which would have generated roughly $600 million for the State and helped offset cuts in school and municipal aid. Longer-term, we need to achieve significant economies in local government. With 566 municipalities, 616 school districts, and hundreds of utility authorities, we have tremendous redundancy in government, particularly at the administrative level."

  • Family Planning Services

" I am a strong supporter of protecting family women’s health services. Thousands of low-income New Jersey residents rely on family planning agencies for vital health care services."

Committee assignments


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



See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Gordon ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 38. Gordon was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and is challenged by Fernando A. Alonso (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[5][6]


See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Gordon won re-election to the District 38 State Senate seat in 2011. He faced no opposition for the June 7 Democratic primary election. Gordon defeated John Driscoll, Jr. (R) in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011. [7]

New Jersey State Senate District 38 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Gordon Incumbent 53% 22,299
     Republican John Driscoll, Jr. 47% 19,745
Total Votes 42,044


Asbury Park Press

District 38 is one of only three districts that the Asbury Park Press identified as competitive in 2011. The other two are Districts 2 and 14. 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 38 is roughly 12,000, (down from 22,000).[8]


In 2007, Gordon was elected to the New Jersey State Senate District 38. Gordon (D) finished with 22,341 votes and was followed by Robert Colletti (R) with 14,949 votes. Gordon raised $372,441 for his campaign fund. [9]

New Jersey Senate 2007 General Election, District 38 (2007)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Robert Gordon (D) 22,351
Robert Colletti (R) 14,949

Campaign donors


In 2011, Gordon received $978,319 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[10]

New Jersey State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Robert Gordon (New Jersey)'s campaign in 2011
Communications Workers New Jersey$16,400
New Jersey Regional Council Of Carpenters$14,900
New Jersey Education Association$13,200
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 274$11,200
Scutari For Senate$9,000
Total Raised in 2011 $978,319
Total Votes received in 2011 22,299
Cost of each vote received $43.87

District 38 ranked second in fundraising

As of October 25, candidates for District 38 raised $3,394,798--according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. This made District 38 number two in fundraising for the 2011 election season.[11]


In 2007, Gordon collected $372,441 in donations.[12]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
Senate Democratic Majority of New Jersey $35,000
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 14 $16,400
Electrical Workers Local 164 $11,700
Medical Society of New Jersey $9,400
New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters $8,800

District 38

Gordon represents New Jersey Senate District 38, which includes the borough of Cliffside Park, New Jersey.[13]



Gordon was endorsed by:


Gordon and his wife, Gail, currently reside in Paterson, New Jersey.

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