Leonard T. Connors

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Leonard T. Connors, Jr. (April 11, 1929 – December 4, 2016) was an American Republican Party politician who served in the New Jersey State Senate from 1982 to 2008, where he represented the 9th Legislative District. Previously he served on the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1977 to 1982, and was the Mayor of Surf City, New Jersey from 1966 to 2015.[1]

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Connors graduated from Wood-Ridge High School before serving for two years in the United States Air Force.[2]

Connors died on December 4, 2016, at the age of 87 at his home in Seacrest nursing home.[3]


In the 209th session, Connors sponsored Senate Bill No. 692, prohibiting possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages on private property by persons under legal drinking age. This bill amended P.L. 1979, c.264 (C.2C:33-15), which had banned underage consumption and possession only in motor vehicles and other public areas. In the 2006-08 session, Connors served on the Senate's State Government Committee and the Community & Urban Affairs Committee.

He announced in January 2007 that he would be retiring and would not be a candidate in 2007.[4] Connors' son, Christopher J. Connors served in the New Jersey General Assembly where he also represents the 9th District, and succeeded him in the Senate in 2008.

District 9[edit]

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 are:


  1. ^ Len Connors proud of half-century legacy as Surf City mayor, The Press of Atlantic City, January 6, 2016.
  2. ^ Staff. Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey: 2004 Edition, p. 258. Lawyers Diary and Manual, LLC. ISBN 9781577411871. Accessed December 14, 2016. "Senator Connors was born in Jersey City April 11, 1929. A graduate of Wood-Ridge High School, he served in the AIr Force from 1947 to 1949."
  3. ^ Miller, Patricia A. "Veteran Legislator, Longtime Surf City Mayor Leonard T. Connors Dies At 87", Brick Patch, December 5, 2016. Accessed December 5, 2016. "Len Connors, who survived the Great Atlantic Storm of 1962 and Superstorm Sandy, died at home last night at 87, surrounded by his family, according to a statement from his son, current 9th District state Senator Christopher J. Connors Jr."
  4. ^ Bitter State Sen. Connors won't seek re-election, Home News Tribune, January 11, 2007.

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