Murray Sabrin

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Murray Sabrin
Born (1946-12-21) December 21, 1946 (age 68)
Bad Wörishofen, Germany
Nationality United States
Institution Ramapo College of New Jersey
Field Financial economics
School/tradition Austrian School of Economics
Alma mater Rutgers University
Lehman College
Hunter College

Murray Sabrin (born December 21, 1946) is a professor of finance in the Anisfield School of Business, Ramapo College of New Jersey.[1] In 2008 he was a candidate for the Republican nomination for the United States Senate in New Jersey.[2] He lost in the Republican primary to Dick Zimmer, a former member of the House of Representatives. He sought the Republican nomination to challenge Senator Cory Booker in 2014[3]

Family, education, and affiliations[edit]

Sabrin was born in Bad Wörishofen, Germany on December 21, 1946. Sabrin's parents, being of Jewish ancestry, were among the only in his family tree to survive the Holocaust.[4] Sabrin arrived in America with his older brother and parents in August 1949 and became a United States citizen in 1959. He lives with his wife of 39 years, Florence, in Fort Lee, New Jersey.[5]

Sabrin has a Ph.D. in geography from Rutgers University, an M.A. in social studies education from Lehman College and a B.A. in history, geography and social studies education.[6] Sabrin has worked in commercial real estate sales and marketing, personal portfolio management, and economic research.[5]

Sabrin used to be executive director of the Center for Business and Public Policy at Ramapo College[1] and the author of Tax Free 2000: The Rebirth of American Liberty.

Policy advocacy and opinion writing[edit]

Sabrin's articles have appeared in The Record (Hackensack, New Jersey), The Star Ledger, Trenton Times, and the Asbury Park Press. His essays have also appeared in Commerce Magazine, Mid-Atlantic Journal of Business, and Privatization Review, and[7] Sabrin is a contributing columnist for NJBIZ[8] and writes a column on the economy for START-IT magazine. Sabrin is a regular columnist for NJVoices[9] and USADaily.[10][11] He is writing a book on politics, the economy and culture titled Velvet Fascism: How the Political Elites Transformed America.[5]

Political career[edit]

Sabrin was the 1997 Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate in New Jersey, and the first third party candidate to receive matching funds and participate in three official debates.[12] He garnered 5% of the vote, a factor which contributed to the near-defeat of incumbent Governor Christine Todd Whitman (who had previously been viewed as a rising star in the national GOP) by Democratic nominee Jim McGreevey. Sabrin left the Libertarian Party, and was a candidate for the Republican Party nomination for the United States Senate representing New Jersey where he faced Republican state Senator Joseph Pennacchio and former Republican Congressman Dick Zimmer.[13] Promoting limited government and nonintervention, he received endorsements from the Republican Liberty Caucus[14] and U.S. Presidential candidate Ron Paul.[15] He was defeated in the Republican primary, garnering 14% of the vote, behind Zimmer (46%) and Pennacchio (40%).[16] He sought election to the same seat in 2014[17] before losing the Republican primary on June 3, 2014 to Jeff Bell.[18]

Books and articles authored[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Ramapo College of New Jersey || Faculty/Staff". Ramapo College. Retrieved 2008-03-10. [dead link]
  2. ^ Mulshine, Paul, "Springtime for Sabrin in the GOP",, 20 March 2008. Retrieved on 7 April 2008.
  3. ^ Friedman, Matt (February 13, 2014). "Rampo professor Murray Sabrin jumps into U.S. Senate race". Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ Newman, Maria (June 1, 2000). "Once and Again a Republican, but Always Libertarian". The New York Times. Retrieved March 5, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b c "Sabrin's Story.". Archived from the original on 2008-03-01. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  6. ^ Burter, Cynthia (2008-02-08). "Sabrin gets back in the running". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2008-03-10. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Murray Sabrin Archives.". Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  8. ^ "NJBIZ Staff". NJBIZ. Archived from the original on 2008-02-13. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  9. ^ "NJVoices: Murray Sabrin: About the Author". NJVoices. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  10. ^ "USADaily". USADaily. Archived from the original on 2008-02-19. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  11. ^ "Sabrin's Curriculum Vitae",, Accessed March 5, 2008.
  12. ^ Pristin, Terry (1997-09-20). "Public Funds Are Approved For Libertarian". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  13. ^ "Murray Sabrin For U.S. Senate.". Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  14. ^ Ajjan, George (2008-01-20). "Murray Sabrin Endorsed by Republican Liberty Caucus". PolitickerNJ. Retrieved 2008-03-18. 
  15. ^ "Paul endorses Sabrin for Senate". PolitickerNJ. 2008-01-10. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  16. ^ "Election results". 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
  17. ^ Friedman, Matt (February 13, 2014). "Ramapo professor Murray Sabrin jumps into U.S. Senate race". Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  18. ^ Friedman, Matt (June 3, 2014). "Jeff Bell to face Cory Booker after winning Republican U.S. Senate primary". Newark Star-Ledger. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 

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