Chris A. Brown

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Chris A. Brown
Member of the New Jersey Senate from the 2nd District
Assumed office
January 9, 2018
Preceded byColin Bell
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 2nd District
In office
January 10, 2012 – January 9, 2018
Preceded byVincent J. Polistina
Succeeded byJohn Armato
Personal details
Born (1964-08-03) August 3, 1964 (age 55)
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Christine Brown
ResidenceVentnor City
WebsiteLegislative website
Senate GOP Website
Military service
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1987-2009
Battles/warsGulf War

Christopher "Chris" A. Brown (born August 3, 1964) is an American Republican Party politician who has served in the New Jersey Senate since January 9, 2018, representing the 2nd Legislative District. He previously served in the New Jersey General Assembly from January 10, 2012 to January 9, 2018, he is a veteran of the Gulf War.

Early life[edit]

Brown was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1964, he earned a B.A. degree from Rutgers University in 1987, and after graduation was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. He served in the Army during the Gulf War, attached to the 82nd Airborne Division, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Infantryman Badge for his service in the ground offensive in Iraq.[1] He received a J.D. degree from Widener University School of Law in 1991. In 1991–1992, Brown interned with L. Anthony Gibson, Presiding Judge of the Chancery Division of the New Jersey Superior Court for Atlantic and Cape May Counties. In 1992–1993, he clerked for Superior Court Judge Charles R. Previti, he is board certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a civil trial attorney and has been admitted to the bar in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.[1] He has served as the Prosecutor of Egg Harbor Township, Solicitor for the Atlantic City Council, Solicitor for the Atlantic City Board of Education and Assistant Solicitor for Egg Harbor Township.[1] In 2008, Brown was called up for service in the Iraq War and spent three months preparing to deploy to Iraq. However, the Army determined that it had made a mistake in activating him, and he was sent home, receiving an honorable discharge.[2] Brown is a resident of Ventnor City, New Jersey with his wife Christine, married 1993, and their three children.[3][4]

New Jersey Assembly[edit]

In 2011, Brown ran as a Republican for the General Assembly representing the 2nd District, filling the seat of Vincent J. Polistina, who left the Assembly in an unsuccessful bid for the New Jersey Senate, running against incumbent Jim Whelan. Brown and his running mate John F. Amodeo defeated the Democratic candidates, Alisa Cooper and Damon Tyner.[5] He was sworn in on January 10, 2012.[6] In the Assembly he served as Assistant Republican Leader from January 12, 2016 to January 9, 2018.[7]


  • Consumer Affairs [8]
  • Tourism and the Arts
  • Regulatory Oversight [8]
  • Tourism and Gaming

New Jersey Senate[edit]

After incumbent senator Jim Whelen's death on August 22, 2017, Democrat Colin Bell was unanimously selected to fill the remainder of Whelan's senate term and took office, making him the incumbent senator going into the November 2017 general election.[9] In one of the most expensive of the 120 legislative races in the 2017 election, in which $4.6 million was spent, Brown defeated Bell by a 54%-46% margin, taking a Senate seat that had been held by Democrats since 2008 and giving the Republicans their only Senate seat that changed parties, in an election that had many major victories for the Democratic Party across the state.[10][11] In the Senate, Brown has served as Deputy Conference Leader since January 9, 2018.


  • Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Payment [12]
  • Higher Education
  • State Government, Wagering, Tourism, and Historic Preservation

District 2[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 2nd Legislative District encompasses parts of Atlantic County, New Jersey. The current representatives from this district to the 218th New Jersey Legislature are:[13]

Electoral History[edit]

New Jersey Senate[edit]

2017 New Jersey Senate election in the 2nd Legislative District
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Chris Brown 26,950 53.5 Increase 8.5
Democratic Colin Bell (Incumbent) 23,406 46.5 Decrease 8.5
Total votes 50,356 100.0


Brown was elected to the Assembly in 2011 [14] Brown was re-elected in 2013,[15] then again in 2015.[16]

2015 New Jersey General Assembly election for the 2nd District
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Chris Brown 18,959 26.5 Increase 0.9
Democratic Vincent Mazzeo 18,279 25.5 Increase 0.7
Democratic Colin Bell 17,433 24.4 Increase 0.9
Republican Will Pauls 16,907 23.6 Decrease 1.1
Total votes 71,578 100.0
2013 New Jersey General Assembly election for the 2nd District
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Chris Brown 26,022 25.6 Decrease 1.5
Democratic Vincent Mazzeo 25,182 24.77 Increase 1.8
Republican John F. Amodeo 25,131 24.72 Decrease 4.5
Democratic Nick Russo 23,921 23.5 Increase 2.8
Brownie Plus Me Gary Stein 1,394 1.4 N/A
Total votes 101,650 100.0
2013 New Jersey General Assembly election for the 2nd District
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John F. Amodeo 25,330 29.2
Republican Chris Brown 23,440 27.1
Democratic Damon Tyner 19,919 23.0
Democratic Alisa Cooper 17,933 20.7
Total votes 86,622 100.0


  1. ^ a b c "Attorney Profile". Christopher A. Brown, Counselors at Law. Archived from the original on 2013-04-14. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
  2. ^ "Analysis: N.J. Legislature's racial, ethnic makeup out of step with state's demographics". The Star-Ledger. 2012-01-09. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
  3. ^ Smith, Shaun. "Amodeo, Brown retain District 2 Assembly seats" Archived 2016-11-24 at the Wayback Machine, Shore News Today, November 6, 2013. Accessed November 23, 2016. "Brown, 49, of Ventnor said, 'I am honored and humbled the voters have once again placed their faith in me. I look forward to working with the governor and my colleagues to provide New Jersey's families with property tax relief and continue our efforts to attract businesses and create local jobs.'"
  4. ^ "Assemblyman Chris A. Brown - New Jersey Assembly Republicans". New Jersey Assembly Republicans. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  5. ^ "Republicans Amodeo and Brown win 2nd District Assembly seats by several thousand votes each". Press of Atlantic City. 2011-11-09. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
  6. ^ "Turnover in N.J. Legislature is slight". Asbury Park Press. 2012-01-10. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
  7. ^ "Senator Chris A. Brown". Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Assemblyman Chris A. Brown (R)". njleg.state.nj. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  9. ^ DeRosier, John. "Colin Bell sworn in as senator, hoping to lead Democrats in November election", The Press of Atlantic City, October 5, 2017. Accessed November 13, 2017. "Democrat Colin Bell was officially sworn in as a state senator Thursday during a ceremony at the Statehouse in Trenton. Bell, 36, of Margate, was unanimously selected by the Atlantic County Democratic Committee to fill the seat of the late Jim Whelan, who died in August, he is also running in this November’s election for a full four-year term in the Senate against Republican Assemblyman Chris Brown."
  10. ^ Hetrick, Christian. "Brown Beats Bell, Snatching a Senate Seat from Democrats", New York Observer, November 7, 2017. Accessed November 13, 2017. "Democrats swept nearly every competitive legislative race Tuesday, but they could not stop Chris Brown in the 2nd district. Brown, a Republican state assemblyman, won the Senate seat in the 2nd legislative district by beating Sen. Colin Bell (D-Atlantic) in one of the state’s most hotly contested races this year. Brown had 54 percent of the vote while Bell received 46 percent, according to the Associated Press."
  11. ^ Unofficial List Candidates for State Senate For General Election 11/07/2017 Election, New Jersey Department of State, November 8, 2016. Accessed November 13, 2017.
  12. ^ "Senator Chris A. Brown (R)". njleg.state.nj. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  13. ^ Legislative Roster 2018-2019 Session, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed January 9, 2018.
  14. ^ "2011-official-gen-elect-gen-assembly-results-121411.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  15. ^ "General Election Results-Amended (3rd).xlsx" (PDF). Atlantic County Clerk. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  16. ^ "2015-official-ge-results-nj-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 21 March 2019.

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New Jersey Senate
Preceded by
Colin Bell
Member of the New Jersey Senate from the 2nd District
January 9, 2018 - Present
Succeeded by
New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Vincent J. Polistina
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 2nd District
January 10, 2012 – January 9, 2018
With: John F. Amodeo, Vince Mazzeo
Succeeded by
John Armato