Chris A. Brown
|Chris M. Brown|
|Member of the New Jersey Senate|
from the 2nd district
Assumed office |
January 9, 2018
|Preceded by||Colin Bell|
|Member of the New Jersey General Assembly|
from the 2nd district
January 10, 2012 – January 9, 2018
|Preceded by||Vincent J. Polistina|
|Succeeded by||John Armato|
August 3, 1964|
Atlantic City, New Jersey
|Website||Legislative web page|
Christopher "Chris" A. Brown (born August 3, 1964) is an American Republican Party politician who has served in the New Jersey Senate since 2018, representing the 2nd Legislative District. He previously served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2012 to 2018. He is a veteran of the Gulf War.
Brown was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1964. He earned a B.A. degree from Rutgers University in 1987, and after graduation was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. He served in the Army during the Gulf War, attached to the 82nd Airborne Division. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Infantryman Badge for his service in the ground offensive in Iraq.
He received a J.D. degree from Widener University School of Law in 1991. In 1991–1992, Brown interned with L. Anthony Gibson, Presiding Judge of the Chancery Division of the New Jersey Superior Court for Atlantic and Cape May Counties. In 1992–1993, he clerked for Superior Court Judge Charles R. Previti. He is board certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a civil trial attorney and has been admitted to the bar in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
In 2008, Brown was called up for service in the Iraq War and spent three months preparing to deploy to Iraq. However, the Army determined that it had made a mistake in activating him, and he was sent home, receiving an honorable discharge.
In 2011, Brown ran as a Republican for the General Assembly representing the 2nd District, filling the seat of Vincent J. Polistina, who left the Assembly in an unsuccessful bid for the New Jersey Senate, running against incumbent Jim Whelan. Brown and his running mate John F. Amodeo defeated the Democratic candidates, Alisa Cooper and Damon Tyner. He was sworn in on January 10, 2012.
After incumbent senator Jim Whelen's death on August 22, 2017, Democrat Colin Bell was unanimously selected to fill the remainder of Whelan's senate term and took office, making him the incumbent senator going into the November 2017 general election. In one of the most expensive of the 120 legislative races in the 2017 election, in which $4.6 million was spent, Brown defeated Bell by a 54%-46% margin, taking a Senate seat that had been held by Democrats since 2008 and giving the Republicans their only Senate seat that changed parties, in an election that had many major victories for the Democratic Party across the state.
Each of the 40 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 2nd District for the 2018-2019 Legislative Session are:
- "Attorney Profile". Christopher A. Brown, Counselors at Law. Archived from the original on 2013-04-14. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
- "Analysis: N.J. Legislature's racial, ethnic makeup out of step with state's demographics". The Star-Ledger. 2012-01-09. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
- "Republicans Amodeo and Brown win 2nd District Assembly seats by several thousand votes each". Press of Atlantic City. 2011-11-09. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
- "Turnover in N.J. Legislature is slight". Asbury Park Press. 2012-01-10. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
- DeRosier, John. "Colin Bell sworn in as senator, hoping to lead Democrats in November election", The Press of Atlantic City, October 5, 2017. Accessed November 13, 2017. "Democrat Colin Bell was officially sworn in as a state senator Thursday during a ceremony at the Statehouse in Trenton. Bell, 36, of Margate, was unanimously selected by the Atlantic County Democratic Committee to fill the seat of the late Jim Whelan, who died in August. He is also running in this November’s election for a full four-year term in the Senate against Republican Assemblyman Chris Brown."
- Hetrick, Christian. "Brown Beats Bell, Snatching a Senate Seat from Democrats", New York Observer, November 7, 2017. Accessed November 13, 2017. "Democrats swept nearly every competitive legislative race Tuesday, but they could not stop Chris Brown in the 2nd district. Brown, a Republican state assemblyman, won the Senate seat in the 2nd legislative district by beating Sen. Colin Bell (D-Atlantic) in one of the state’s most hotly contested races this year. Brown had 54 percent of the vote while Bell received 46 percent, according to the Associated Press."
- Unofficial List Candidates for State Senate For General Election 11/07/2017 Election, New Jersey Department of State, November 8, 2016. Accessed November 13, 2017.
- Smith, Shaun. "Amodeo, Brown retain District 2 Assembly seats", Shore News Today, November 6, 2013. Accessed November 23, 2016. "Brown, 49, of Ventnor said, 'I am honored and humbled the voters have once again placed their faith in me. I look forward to working with the governor and my colleagues to provide New Jersey's families with property tax relief and continue our efforts to attract businesses and create local jobs.'"
- "Assemblyman Chris A. Brown - New Jersey Assembly Republicans". New Jersey Assembly Republicans. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
- Legislative Roster 2018-2019 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 9, 2018.
- Assemblyman Chris A. Brown's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature
- New Jersey Legislature financial disclosure forms
|New Jersey General Assembly|
Vincent J. Polistina
| Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 2nd District
January 10, 2012 – January 9, 2018
With: John F. Amodeo, Vince Mazzeo