Ronald Dancer

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Ronald Dancer
New Jersey General Assembly District 12
In office
2012 - Present
Term ends
January 2014
Years in position 3
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, Plumstead Township
1990 - present
New Jersey General Assembly District 30
2002 - 2012
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1969-1971
Date of birth05/31/1949
ProfessionInterviewer, Ocean County Adjuster’s Office
Office website
Ronald Dancer (b. May 31, 1949) is a Republican member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 12th District since 2012. He was moved into District 12 by the 2011 redistricting process after serving in District 30 since his appointment in 2002.

Long involved in public affairs, Dancer has served as the Mayor of Plumsted since 1990. He is also currently the chair of the Ocean County Board of Social Services.[1]

Committee assignments

2010-2012 committees:


  • A532 Requires public bodies to allow public comment at every meeting.
  • A539 Eliminates dual governmental pay to members of Legislature for legislative duties.
  • A551 Prohibits slaughter of horses and sale of horseflesh for human consumption.
  • A569 Requires elected public officials and candidates for elective public office to disclose if they ever filed for bankruptcy; requires financial disclosure by candidates for public office in county or municipality.[2]

National Political Awareness Test

Dancer's answers to the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2005 National Political Awareness Test are available. In the test he lists his top priorities as "property tax relief, open space acquistion, and increased school funding." He explained, "Property tax relief is one of, if not the single, biggest problems that New Jersey citizens face today. Giving the public property tax relief is critical, but cannot be done until we eliminate waste and abuse from the state budget."[3]

Presidential preference


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

Ronald Dancer endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [4]



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Dancer ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 12. Dancer is bracketed with Robert Clifton. He was unopposed in the June 4 Republican primary. He is challenged by Lawrence J. Furman (D) and Nicholas Nellegar (D) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[5][6][7]


See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Dancer won election to district 12 in 2011. He and Robert Clifton ran unopposed in the Republican Primary on June 7. They then defeated Catherine Tinney Rome and William Spedding in the November 8 general election. Dancer was moved out of District 30 via the redistricting process.[8]

New Jersey General Assembly District 12 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRonald Dancer Incumbent 30.2% 18,090
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Clifton 29% 17,402
     Democratic William Spedding 20.4% 12,253
     Democratic Catherine Tinney Rome 20.4% 12,218
Total Votes 59,963


Dancer successfully won re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election. He was bracketed with Joseph Malone, III and defeated Democratic challengers John Kocubinski and William Spedding.[9][10]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Thirtieth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joseph R. Malone, III (R) 47,325
Green check mark transparent.png Ronald S. Dancer (R) 45,901
John Kocubinski (D) 18,400
William "Bill" Spedding (D) 17,836

Campaign donors


In 2011, Dancer received $138,538 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[11]

New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ronald Dancer's campaign in 2011
New Jersey Republican Party$24,295
Standardbred Breeders & Owners Of New Jersey$3,200
Perretti Farms$3,100
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 9$2,900
Aspen Tree Service$2,100
Total Raised in 2011 $138,538
Total Votes received in 2011 18,090
Cost of each vote received $7.66


Below are Dancer's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:[12]

Contributor 2009 total
Dancer, Ronald S $33,769
Republican National Committee $8,025
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 9 $4,500
New Jersey Education Association $3,600
Webb, Patricia A $2,600

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Preceded by
New Jersey General Assembly District 12
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Preceded by
New Jersey General Assembly District 30
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