State Senate Election 2011: Legislative District 38 – Candidate Information

Following state-wide redistricting earlier this year, the incumbent State Senator, Robert M. Gordon, is expected to face a competitive challenge from Republican Bergen County Freeholder John J. Driscoll, Jr., with a drop in registered Democrats in Bergen and Passaic counties the key factor.

Robert M. Gordon

State Senator Robert M. Gordon (D-Bergen)

Party Affiliation: Democratic

Current Public Office: New Jersey State Senator (incumbent)

Past Public Office(s): New Jersey General Assemblyman (2004 – 2007) / Fair Lawn Borough Ethics Board, Chair (1999 – 2003) / N.J. Democratic State Committee (1993 – 1998) / Democratic National Convention Delegate (1992 & 1988) / Fair Lawn Borough Council (1986 – 1995) / Fair Lawn Planning Board (1986 – 1995) / Fair Lawn Mayor (1988 – 1991) / Fair Lawn Fire Commissioner (1986 – 1995)

Occupation: Legislator

Born July 3, 1950 in Paterson, New Jersey, State Senator Robert M. Gordon graduated magna cum laude in political economy and environmental studies from Williams College, later obtaining postgraduate degrees in public policy and finance from U.C. Berkeley and the Wharton Business School. State Senator Gordon has spent most of his career consulting for large management firms and serving on local and state committees. He lives with his wife Gail in Fair Lawn.

Issues, Policy Positions, and Legislation

  • Voted for a state-wide ban on “fracking.”
  • Opposes municipal and school budget cuts imposed by Governor Chris Christie.

John J. Driscoll, Jr.

Bergen County Freeholder John J. Driscoll, Jr.

Party Affiliation: Republican

Current Public Office: Chairman of the Board, Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders (2011 – present)

Past Public Office(s): Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders (2010 – present)

Occupation: Field Sales, Lorillard Tobacco Company

Born and raised in Bergen County, John J. Driscoll, Jr., attended Bergen Catholic High School (class of ‘82) and received a degree in business administration from Bergen Community College. Since 1989, he has worked as a sales rep for Lorillard, Inc., a North Carolina-based tobacco company. He lives with his wife, Dr. Holly Wertans-Driscoll , and their three children in Paramus.

Issues, Policy Positions, and Legislation

  • Accused opponent Sen. Robert M. Gordon of “cost[ing] us money, exempting the Newark sports arena from paying property taxes and sticking us with the bill,” a claim that PolitiFact New Jersey recently rated “mostly false.”