Robert W. Singer (born October 29, 1947) is an American Republican Party politician, who has been serving in the New Jersey State Senate since 1993, where he represents the 30th Legislative District. He was the Mayor of Lakewood Township, New Jersey in 2009. He is the fourth-most senior senator behind Ronald Rice, Gerald Cardinale and Richard Codey.
In the Senate, Singer served as the Co-Republican Majority Leader from 2002 to 2003 and as the Assistant Majority Leader from 1997 to 2001. Singer was selected by Republican committee members of the district to serve the unexpired Senate term of the late John E. Dimon and was sworn into office on October 14, 1993.
In the Senate, Singer serves on the Legislative Services Commission, the Commerce Committee and the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee. Singer currently serves on the New Jersey Commission on Aging, the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology and the New Jersey Asian American Commission.
Singer has been the sponsor of various economic development measures, including bills to assist biotechnology and computer software firms, and to authorize the creation of Urban Enterprise Zones in the district.
Before entering New Jersey's Senate, Singer served in the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature, the General Assembly, from 1986 to 1989. In The Assembly, Singer was the Majority Whip from 1992 to 1993. Senator Singer had served on the Lakewood Township Committee since 1981, and was its Mayor in 1983, from 1985 to 1986, 1994, and again in 2009 until retiring in 2010. He has been on the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council Board of Directors since 2001 and from 1996 to 1999 and the Lakewood Municipal Utility Authority since 1999 as Chair. He has served since 1999 on the Ocean County Board of Health as its Vice Chair. Singer serves on the Board of Trustees of Georgian Court University in Lakewood and is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council.
He had simultaneously held a seat in the New Jersey Senate and as Mayor until 2010 when he chose to not seek re-election to the Lakewood Township Committee. Singer had been a member of the Township Committee for nearly thirty years. Prior to retiring from the Lakewood Township Committee, dual office holding was allowed under a grandfather clause in the state law enacted by the New Jersey Legislature and signed into law by Governor of New Jersey Jon Corzine in September 2007 that prevents dual-office-holding but allows those who had held both positions as of February 1, 2008, to retain both posts.
Robert Singer is Vice President of Corporate Relations, Community/Kimball Medical Center.
Each of the forty districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 30th Legislative District for the 2012-2013 Legislative Session are:
|New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011|
|Republican||Robert Singer (incumbent)||21,990||65.9%|
|New Jersey State Senate elections, 2007|
- Lakewood Township Committee, Lakewood Township. Accessed January 16, 2009.
- Lowe, Herbert. "A GAME OF MUSICAL CHAIRS WHEN A SENATOR DIED THIS SUMMER, AN ASSEMBLY CANDIDATE REPLACED HIM IN THE STATE SENATE.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 26, 1993. Accessed July 10, 2007. "Republican Robert W. Singer, a former mayor of Lakewood Township, is seeking his first term as state senator. Singer, 45, was serving his third two-year term in the Assembly until moving over to the Senate on October 14 to succeed John Dimon, who died in September."
- Senator Singer's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed April 13, 2008.
- via Associated Press. "N.J. Lawmakers keep double dipping", WPVI-TV, March 4, 2008. Accessed June 4, 2009.
- Legislative Roster 2012-2013 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed March 20, 2012.
- Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed June 24, 2012.
- Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2007 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 3, 2007. Accessed June 24, 2012.
- Senator Robert Singer's Official Site
- Senator Singer's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature
- New Jersey Legislature financial disclosure forms
- New Jersey Voter Information Website 2003