Robert M. Gordon
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Robert M. Gordon
Robert M. Gordon
Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 38th district

January 8, 2008 - April 4, 2018
Joseph Coniglio
Joseph Lagana
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 38th district

January 13, 2004 - January 8, 2008
Serving with Joan Voss
Rose Heck
Matt Ahearn
Connie Wagner
Personal details
Born (1950-07-03) July 3, 1950 (age 69)
Paterson, New Jersey
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Gail Gordon
ResidenceFair Lawn, New Jersey
Alma materWilliams College
University of California,

University of Pennsylvania
WebsiteGovernment website

Robert M. "Bob" Gordon (born July 3, 1950) is a Commissioner of the Board of Public Utilities in New Jersey. Prior to being Commissioner, Gordon was a Democratic Party politician who served in the New Jersey Senate from January 8, 2008 to April 4, 2018 representing the 38th Legislative District. He also served in the General Assembly from 2004 to 2008.


Early Life/Education

Gordon grew up in Fair Lawn, New Jersey and graduated with a B.A. in Political Economy from Williams College in 1972. He was also awarded an M.P.P. from the University of California, Berkeley in Public Policy, and received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Finance and Health Care Management.[1]

Early career

Out of school, Gordon worked as an analyst in the United States Congressional Budget Office from 1975 to 1977.[2]

Gordon served on the Fair Lawn Borough Council from 1986 to 1995, on its Planning Board from 1986 to 1995 and was Mayor of Fair Lawn, New Jersey from 1988 to 1991. He was the Fair Lawn Fire Commissioner from 1986 to 1995 and served on the Fair Lawn Ethics Board from 1999 to 2003. During this time he also served as an aide in the New Jersey Office of the Governor from 1990 to 1991. He was also a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1988 and 1992.[1] In 1996, Gordon ran in the Democratic primary for the open Congressional seat in the 9th district but was defeated in a landslide against former Englewood mayor Steve Rothman.[3]

He served on the Democratic State Committee from 1993 to 1998. Gordon is a real estate development consultant in addition to being a state senator.[1]

New Jersey Assembly

In the 2003 election, Gordon and Joan Voss unseated the incumbents, Green Party candidate Matt Ahearn and Republican Rose Marie Heck (who did not seek reelection, instead choosing to run for the State Senate seat in the district), to win the Assembly seats.[4] Bergen County Freeholder and Paramus Councilwoman Connie Wagner replaced Gordon on the Democrats' 2007 Assembly ticket.

New Jersey Senate

Gordon was the 2007 Democratic nominee to succeed outgoing Senator Joseph Coniglio in the 38th Legislative District and won the seat with 59.9% of the vote. He was re-elected in 2011 and served on the Legislative Oversight Committee (Chair), the Transportation Committee (Vice-Chair), and the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.[1]

In the 2013, election, then then-increasingly popular Governor Chris Christie targeted the 38th Legislative District to unseat Gordon.[5] However, Gordon prevailed who said he was "pleased that he's on Christie's radar screen." He became one of the leading proponents of increased accountability and transparency at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey after the 2013 Fort Lee Bridgegate Scandal.

Gordon was also later Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and co-Chair of a special panel which investigated problems with NJ Transit.[6]

Board of Public Utilities

Gordon has been a commissioner of the Board of Public Utilities since April 2018. He was appointed by Governor Phil Murphy to fill the role.

Personal life

The Democratic lawmaker is married to Gail Balph Gordon, a Republican who served on the staff of Richard Thornburgh, the former Pennsylvania Governor and United States Attorney General, and as a member of Governor Chris Christie's campaign finance committee and his transition team.[7] In February, 2013, Gail Gordon joined the Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader law firm, which is headed by former Democratic Governor Jim Florio.[8]

District 38

Each of the forty 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 38th District for the 2014-2015 Legislative Session are:[9]

Election history

New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Robert M. Gordon (incumbent) 27,779 51.9
Republican Fernando A. Alonso 25,767 48.1
Democratic hold
New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Robert M. Gordon (incumbent) 22,299 53.0
Republican John J. Driscoll, Jr. 19,745 47.0
Democratic hold
New Jersey State Senate elections, 2007[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Robert M. Gordon 22,351 59.9
Republican Robert Colletti 14,949 40.1
Democratic hold


  1. ^ a b c d "Senator Robert M. Gordon". New Jersey. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Robert M. Gordon (D)". Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Freshmen of the 105th Congress". CNN. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ Kornacki, Steve. In huge win for McGreevey, Democrats win control of Senate, gain six Assembly seats Archived 2005-11-03 at the Wayback Machine, National Organization for Women New Jersey, November 5, 2003. Accessed July 27, 2007. "former Fair Lawn Mayor Robert Gordon and Fort Lee Councilwoman Joan Voss won the 38th districts seats of Heck and Green Party Assemblyman Matt Ahearn."
  5. ^ "Christie Bashes Sen. Gordon in Fair Lawn". Fair Lawn-Saddle Brook, NJ Patch. 2013-10-30. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Sen. Bob Gordon, who led scrutiny of NJ Transit and Port Authority, steps down". North Jersey. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "VOWS: Gail Balph and Bob Gordon" New York Times October 15, 2006
  8. ^ Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader, LLC hires Gail B. Gordon
  9. ^ Legislative Roster: 2014-2015 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed April 13, 2015.
  10. ^ "Official List Candidates for State Senate For GENERAL ELECTION 11/05/2015 Election" (PDF). Secretary of State of New Jersey. December 4, 2013. Retrieved 2015.
  11. ^ Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2011 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 14, 2011. Accessed June 25, 2012.
  12. ^ Official List Candidate Returns for State Senate For November 2007 General Election, New Jersey Department of State, December 3, 2007. Accessed June 25, 2012.

External links

New Jersey Senate
Preceded by
Joseph Coniglio
Member of the New Jersey Senate for the 38th District
January 8, 2008 - April 4, 2018
Succeeded by
Joseph Lagana
New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Matt Ahearn
Rose Heck
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 38th District
January 13, 2004 - January 8, 2008
With: Joan Voss
Succeeded by
Connie Wagner

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