Christopher J. Connors
|Christopher J. Connors|
|Member of the New Jersey Senate|
from the 9th district
Assumed office |
January 8, 2008
|Preceded by||Leonard T. Connors|
|Member of the New Jersey General Assembly|
from the 9th district
January 9, 1990 – January 8, 2008
|Preceded by||John T. Hendrickson, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Daniel Van Pelt|
June 26, 1956|
Ridgewood, New Jersey
|Residence||Lacey Township, New Jersey|
Stockton State College|
Rutgers University (M.P.A.)
Rutgers School of Law–Camden (J.D.)
|Website||Legislative web page|
Christopher J. Connors (born June 26, 1956) is a New Jersey Republican Party politician, who has served in the Senate since January 8, 2008, where he represents the 9th Legislative District. He served in the General Assembly from 1989-2008, where he was the Assistant Majority Leader from 1992-95.
Born in Ridgewood, New Jersey on June 26, 1956, Connors graduated from Southern Regional High School. He received a B.S. degree in 1978 from Stockton State College (now Stockton University) in Business Administration, an M.P.A. in 1988 from Rutgers University in Public Administration and was awarded a J.D. in 1995 from the Rutgers School of Law - Camden in Camden.
The son of Leonard T. Connors, he grew up in Surf City, New Jersey and gained his first exposure to politics as a child while helping his father run for city council. He moved to Toms River in 1978 and to Lacey Township four years later, where he was first encouraged to run on his own for elected office. Though initially reluctant to run for election, Connors said that "perhaps the urge to enter politics was a latent kind of urge for me".
Connors served on the Lacey Township Committee from 1985–90 and was Mayor of Lacey Township from 1986-89. Connors was Executive Director from 1988–89 and was Deputy Executive Director from 1982-88 of the New Jersey Commission on Capital Budgeting and Planning during the Administration of former Governor Thomas Kean.
Connors serves in the Senate on the Community and Urban Affairs Committee and the Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs Committee. He served in the Assembly on the Homeland Security and State Preparedness and on the Judiciary Committees. He sponsored a law enacted in January 2000 requiring installation of ignition interlock devices in cars of repeat drunk driving offenders and of a 1998 law requiring criminal background checks for nurse aides and home personal care licensing applicants. He succeeded his father, Leonard T. Connors, who served in the New Jersey Senate from 1982-2008.
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 9th Legislative District for the 2016-17 Legislative Session are:
|Republican||Christopher J. Connors (incumbent)||46,949||70.8|
|Republican||Christopher J. Connors (incumbent)||32,027||64.9|
|Democratic||Dorothy A. Ryan||17,320||35.1|
|Republican||Christopher J. Connors||35,504||62.3|
|Democratic||Russell K. Corby||21,524||37.7|
- Senator Connors' Legislative Website, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 21, 2008.
- Staff. Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey: 2004 Edition, p. 258. Lawyers Diary and Manual, LLC. ISBN 9781577411871. Accessed December 14, 2016. "Christopher J. Connors, Rep., Lacey. Assemblyman Connors was born in Ridgewood on June 26, 1956. He was graduated from Southern Regional High School, and attended Stockton College, where he received his degree in business administration in 1978."
- Assembly Member Christopher J. Connors, Project Vote Smart. Accessed August 9, 2007.
- Staff. "Mayor got his ears wet in politics as a tot", Asbury Park Press, January 27, 1986. Accessed December 14, 2016. "Chris Connors grew up around politics. He was five years old when his father became a Surf City councilman. During his father's campaigns, he did everything from licking envelopes to going door-to-door in Surf City to promote his father."
- Previti, Emily. "Era ends today for Connors in Senate", The Press of Atlantic City, January 7, 2008. Accessed February 1, 2012. "Today marks the last legislative session for state Sen. Leonard T. Connors, who has held the seat for a quarter-century.... The 78-year-old will be succeeded by his son, Assemblyman Christopher Connors, R -Ocean, Burlington, Atlantic, who will be sworn in to his Senate seat..."
- Legislative Roster 2016-2017 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed November 26, 2016.
- "Official List Candidates for State Senate For GENERAL ELECTION 11/05/2015 Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. December 4, 2013. Retrieved July 3, 2015.
- Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed January 8, 2012.
- Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2007 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 3, 2007. Accessed June 22, 2012.
- Senator Christoper Connors's Official Site
- Senator Connors' Legislative Website, New Jersey Legislature
- New Jersey Legislature financial disclosure forms
- Senator Christopher J. Connors, Project Vote Smart
|New Jersey Senate|
Leonard T. Connors
| Member of the New Jersey Senate for the 9th District
January 8, 2008–present
|New Jersey General Assembly|
John T. Hendrickson Jr.
| Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 9th District
January 9, 1990–January 8, 2008
With: Jeffrey Moran, Brian E. Rumpf
Daniel Van Pelt