Bob Smith – LD17 Senate candidate

Candidate information:

Phone number: 732-752-3100
Date of Birth: March 25, 1947
Campaign website:
Social media: Facebook – Senator Bob Smith
Education: B.A. History, Chemistry University of Scranton, M.S. Chemistry University of Scranton, M.S. Environmental Science Rutgers University, J.D. Seton Hall University
Occupation: Attorney
Party affiliation: Democratic
Public/Party service: Piscataway Town Council 1977-1980, Mayor of Piscataway 1981-1986, Assemblyman 1986-2001, Senator 2002-present


Position on good government initiatives:

  1. Would you support reinstituting the statewide public advocate and making it a directly elected position? Yes.
  2. Would you support measures to increase voter participation (eg. same-day registration, early voting, vote by mail)? Yes.
  3. Would you support ethics reforms that would require broader disclosure on financial information and the release of income taxes by candidates for public office, as a means for regulating campaigns and limiting corruption? Yes.
  4. Would you support changing the nominating process for members of state-wide Commissions and Boards to have panels of nonpartisan experts nominate candidates, with full public disclosure of the candidates’ credentials, and to have the legislature vote on the nominations? No.
  5. Would you support placing a nonpartisan commission in charge of the legislative redistricting process? Yes.
  6. Would you support instituting public funding for all statewide offices, including the legislature? Yes.
  7. Would you support making the state legislature full-time and prohibiting simultaneous holding of other paid positions? Yes.
  8. Would you support reforming New Jersey’s Primary electoral ballots to give all candidates an equal chance of being elected? No.