Robert D. Clifton

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Robert Clifton
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 12th District
Assumed office
January 10, 2012
Serving with Ronald S. Dancer
Preceded byCaroline Casagrande
Member of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders
In office
January 1, 2005 – January 10, 2012
Preceded byEdward J. Stominski
Succeeded bySerena DiMaso
Mayor of Matawan, New Jersey
In office
October 1, 1996 – January 18, 2005
Preceded byRobert Shuey
Succeeded byBeatrice Duffy
Personal details
Born (1968-12-31) December 31, 1968 (age 50)
Matawan, New Jersey
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Tracy Clifton
ChildrenTwo
ResidenceMatawan, New Jersey
Alma materB.A. Rider College (political science)
M.A. University of Richmond (political science)
OccupationDirector of Local Government Affairs, Comcast Cable
WebsiteLegislative Website

Robert D. Clifton (born December 31, 1968) is an American Republican Party politician who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since January 10, 2012, representing the 12th Legislative District. He previously served on the Monmouth County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders from 2005 until he took office in the Assembly.

Early life[edit]

Clifton was born and raised in Matawan, where he attended local elementary schools and St. John Vianney High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science at Rider College (now Rider University) and a master's degree in political science at the University of Richmond.[1] He has been employed by Comcast Cable as Director of Government and Community Affairs since 2001.[1] Prior to that, Clifton was Director of Industry Relations for the New Jersey Pavement and Asphalt Association, where he acted as liaison between the trade association and municipalities throughout the state regarding road improvement issues. He also served as an assistant to the Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and a legislative aide to former Assemblyman Michael Arnone.

Monmouth County Politics[edit]

Clifton was the mayor of Matawan from 1996 until 2005. He was appointed mayor in October 1996 upon the resignation of Robert Shuey.[2][3] In addition, he served on the borough's unified Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Board of Health, and the Monmouth County Board of Drug & Alcohol Abuse Services. He also served as chairman of the Bayshore Conference of Mayors. In order to focus on his position as a newly elected Freeholder, he resigned from his mayoral post on January 18, 2005.[3] As Freeholder, Clifton oversaw Finance and Information Technology which includes Department of Finance, the Monmouth County Improvement Authority, Information Technology Services, Department of Purchasing, Records Management and the County Treasurer. Clifton served three terms on the Board of Chosen Freeholders, elected in 2004, 2007, and 2010. In 2008, he served as Deputy Director of the Board; Clifton was succeeded in that post by John D'Amico, Jr. in 2009. At the January 7, 2010 annual reorganization, he was again chosen as Deputy Director and at the January 6, 2011 annual reorganization, he was chosen as Director of the Monmouth County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders.[4]

New Jersey Assembly[edit]

In 2011, after legislative redistricting, Clifton ran for the Assembly seat in the 12th District that was opened when Samuel D. Thompson ran for New Jersey Senate.[5] He and his running mate Ronald S. Dancer defeated the Democratic candidates, William Spedding and Catherine Tinney Rome, in the general election.[6] He was sworn in on January 10, 2012.

Committees[edit]

  • Budget
  • Housing and Community Development
  • Transportation and Independent Authorities

Personal life[edit]

Clifton lives in Matawan with his wife Tracy and his two sons.[7]

District 12[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 30th District for the 2018-2019 Legislative Session are:[8][9]

Electoral History[edit]

Assembly[edit]

New Jersey general election, 2017[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Ronald S. Dancer 30,348 29.3 Decrease 0.2
Republican Robert D. Clifton 29,610 28.5 Increase 0.5
Democratic Gene Davis 21,441 20.7 Increase 0.3
Democratic Nirav Patel 20,397 19.7 Decrease 0.6
Libertarian Anthony J. Storrow 1,016 1.0 N/A
Libertarian Daniel A. Krause 938 0.9 N/A
Total votes 103,750 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2015[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Ronald S. Dancer 15,164 29.5 Decrease 3.3
Republican Robert D. Clifton 14,433 28.0 Decrease 3.7
Democratic David W. Merwin 10,496 20.4 Increase 2.9
Democratic Robert P. Kurzydlowski 10,449 20.3 Increase 3.7
Green Stephen N. Zielinski Sr. 945 1.8 N/A
Total votes 51,487 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2013[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Ronald S. Dancer 32,188 32.8 Increase 2.5
Republican Robert D. Clifton 31,059 31.7 Increase 2.6
Democratic Lawrence J. Furman 17,119 17.5 Decrease 2.9
Democratic Nicholas Nellegar 16,312 16.6 Decrease 3.7
For the People Diane Bindler 1,354 1.4 N/A
Total votes 98,032 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2011[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ronald S. Dancer 22,345 30.3
Republican Robert D. Clifton 21,469 29.1
Democratic William "Bill" Spedding 15,077 20.4
Democratic Catherine Tinney Rome 14,969 20.3
Total votes 73,860 100.0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Assemblyman Robert D. Clifton, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed August 9, 2012.
  2. ^ McGee, Beverly (September 25, 1996). "Matawan Mayor Shuey resigns" (PDF). The Independent (Long Branch). Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Rosenberg, Michelle (January 18, 2005). "Clifton steps down as mayor of Matawan". The Independent (Long Branch). Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  4. ^ Minutes, Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  5. ^ "Turnover in N.J. Legislature is slight". Asbury Park Press. January 10, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  6. ^ "Assembly District 12". NJ Spotlight Voter Guide. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  7. ^ "Assemblyman Rob Clifton - New Jersey Assembly Republicans". New Jersey Assembly Republicans. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  8. ^ Legislative Roster 2018-2019 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 28, 2018.
  9. ^ District 12 Legislators, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 28, 2018.
  10. ^ "2017-official-general-election-results-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  11. ^ "2015-official-ge-results-nj-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  12. ^ "2013-official-general-election-results-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  13. ^ "2011-official-gen-elect-gen-assembly-results-121411.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 4 April 2019.

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New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Declan O'Scanlon
Caroline Casagrande
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 12th District
January 12, 2012 – present
With: Ronald S. Dancer
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Edward J. Stominski
Monmouth County At-large Freeholder
January 1, 2005 – January 12, 2012
Succeeded by
Serena DiMaso
Preceded by
Lillian G. Burry
Monmouth County Freeholder Director
2011 – 2012
Succeeded by
John P. Curley
Preceded by
Robert Shuey
Mayor of Matawan, New Jersey
October 1996 – January 18, 2005
Succeeded by
Beatrice Duffy