Senator Bob Smith SENATOR BOB SMITH  

17th Legislative District  

Proud to be serving the residents of Franklin, Highland Park, Milltown, New Brunswick, North Brunswick and Piscataway
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AWARDS:


2016 Award for bipartisan leadership to ensure the preservation of New Jersey's open spaces, farmlands, forests, parks and historic sites


Named 2016 Legislator of the Year


2014 Recipient of the Oak Leaf Award


2013 Inaugural Chapin, Fuller, Pearson Medal


2012 Award recognizing outstanding leadership and dedication to the natural resources in the State of New Jersey


2012 Award recognizing outstanding leadership and support for solar energy


2012 Leadership & Vision Award


2011 Sportsman of the Year


2009 Legislator of the Year New Jersey State Chamber


2009 Appreciation Award for ongoing support of New Jersey Clean Communities


2008 recognition for exemplary past efforts and continued commitment to the long term success of recycling in New Jersey


2007 Legislator of the Year New Jersey Association of Counties


2007 State Policy Award New Jersey Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council


2007 Legislatorís Award for Bi-Partisan Leadership New Jersey Conference of Mayors


2006 Hubert H. Humphey Friend of Labor Award Middlesex County AFL-CIO Labor Council


2005 Legislator of the Year New Jersey Recreation and Park Association


216 Stelton Road
Suite E-5
Piscataway NJ 08854
Phone: 732-752-0770
Fax:732-752-1590
Email: senbsmith@njleg.org

SENATOR BOB SMITH

Representing the 17th Legislative District

State Senator Bob Smith proudly represents the rights and interests of the citizens of the 17th Legislative District, a dynamic and ever changing community, which includes parts of Middlesex and Somerset Counties. Having served in the New Jersey State Legislature since 1986, first as a State Assemblyman and more recently as State Senator, Bob Smith is considered one of the State's leading environmental lawmakers.

Smith has been named Legislator of the Year by such groups as New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association and New Jersey Chamber of Commerce as well as Sportsman of the Year by the Jersey Coast Anglers. During his eight terms in the General Assembly, Smith was consistently ranked at or near the top of NJPIRG's Public Interest rating and has been named Environmental Legislator of the Year by several New Jersey Environmental Organizations. Smith sponsored and passed laws such as Site Remediation Reform (LSRP), Barnegat Bay cleanup, including the most stringent fertilizer law in the United States, the Recycling Enhancement Act, Electronic Waste Management Act, the 2009 $400 million Green Acres Initiative ballot referendum and a host of legislation stimulating solar and alternative energy in New Jersey including legislation to stabilize the solar market.

Smith authored the Ocean Pollution Bounty Act, Sludge Management Ave, Oil Spill Prevention Act and the Clean Water Enforcement Ave; these laws deal with such critical matters as increasing penalties for violations of environmental laws, repairing outmoded combined sewer systems, and reforming the oil spill prevention efforts of our state. Senator Smith has sponsored legislation establishing the protection of water resources and flood prone areas as high priorities under the open space acquisition program. He has taken the lead on protecting our valuable water resources by sponsoring the landmark Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act which protects the region that provides drinking water for 5 million New Jersey citizens.

Senator Smith has worked diligently for his district as well as the entire state by sponsoring the Emergency Disaster Relief Act and Local Flood Aid Act to aid economic recovery. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Smith wrote the Disaster Relief Emergency Financing Program which expands the scope of what can be financed through the Environmental Infrastructure Trust. He has hosted meeting throughout the state and has been proactive in providing legislative remedies to assist residents in the rebuilding process.

Smith knows that Military Veterans sacrifice the comfort of their homes in exchange for the realities of war which is why he fought to pass his legislation providing affordable housing opportunities to our veterans. Smith has fought for the rights of our New Jersey National Guard students. These students, who serve our country, were being forced to register for classes after their civilian peers as the colleges and universities were not reimbursed for providing their educational benefits. He sponsored and had a law passed that provided for the funding of college education and allowed for the National Guard students to register along with their fellow peers.

Smith has fought for the enactment of laws affording greater protection of child victims of abuse and sponsored bills to increase the penalties for car jacking. He was a leaded in the fight to protect citizens from lead poisoning. To protect worker's rights, Senator Smith authored the Worker and Community Right to Know Act and more recently sponsored a bill which would make it easier for non-unionized employees to organize to increase their negotiating power. For his contributions to workers across the state, Senator Smith was presented with the 2006 Hubert H. Humphrey Friend of Labor Award by the Middlesex County AFL-CIO.

Formerly a member of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and the Assembly's Policy and Rules Committee, Smith served as Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Energy and the Environment and was ranking minority member of the Environment, Science and Technology Committee. Currently, Senator Smith is the Chairman of the Senate Environmental Committee and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee as well as member of the State House Commission. As Chairman of the Environmental Committee, Senator Smith continues to pursue an aggressive environmental agenda, currently advancing recycling legislation to bring the Garden State back to the forefront of recycling in the nation, creating sustainable communities, and combating the global warming crisis.

Senator Smith has a long record of public service having served as Mayor of Piscataway Township from 1981-1986 and was a member of the Township Council from 1977-1981, serving as Council President and Vice President. From 1991-1992 he served as the Chairman of the Middlesex County Democratic Organization. He also served as Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic Task Force on the Environment in 1987 and was counsel to the New Jersey State Democratic Platform in both 1987 and 1989. From 1995-1996 he served as Deputy Minority Leader in the General Assembly.

Senator Bob Smith is a uniquely qualified legislator. Prior to becoming an attorney in private practice, Senator Smith was a Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science at Middlesex County College. He holds Master's degrees in Chemistry from the University of Scranton and Environmental Science from Rutgers University, as well as a J.D. in law from Seton Hall University.

He and his wife Ellen live and work in Piscataway Township. They are parents to two grown daughters and are proud grandparents of five grandchildren.

Legislative Highlights

Economic Growth
Economic Redevelopment Growth Grant Program tax credits
P.L. 2016, c. 51

Environmental Infrastructure
Financing for short-term and long-term environmental infrastructure projects
P.L. 2016, c. 51

Open Space Preservation
Implementing 2014 Constitutional Amendment and dedicating CBT revenues for environmental use
P.L. 2016, c. 12

Shared Services
Rural Electric Cooperative
P.L. 2015, c. 129

Big Data
New Jersey Big Data Alliance Stateís Advanced Infrastructure Consortium
P.L. 2014, c. 33

Financing the Storm
"Disaster Relief Emergency Financing Program"
P.L. 2013, c. 93

Helping Heros
Ensuring affordable housing for our veterans
P.L. 2013, c. 6

Stabilizing Solar Market
Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs)
P.L. 2012, c. 24

Clean Energy
NJ PACE
P.L. 2011, c. 187

Protecting our waterways
Toughest fertilizer law in the nation
P.L. 2010, c. 112

Protecting our forests
"Forest Stewardship and Certification Program"
P.L. 2009, c. 256

Cleaning up contaminated sites
Licensed Site Remediation Professionals
P.L. 2009, c.60

Establishing 1st e-Waste Program in the State
"Electronic Waste Recycling Act" P.L. 2007, c.347

Financial Accountability for Local Government
Uniform Shared Services & Consolidation
P.L. 2007, c. 63

Protecting the State's Drinking Water
Highlands Water Protection & Planning Act
P.L. 2004, c. 120

Insuring Safety and Empowering our Workers
Worker and Community Right To Know Act
P.L. 1991 c. 25

Imposing Mandatory Penalties on Polluters
Clean Water Enforcement Act.
P.L. 1990 C. 28

Storm, Flood & Drought Relief
Emergency Disaster Relief of 1999
P.L. 1999, c. 262

Protecting Children
Child Sex History Shield Act.
P.L. 1988, c. 69 .
Ballot Initiatives

Open Space, Farmland & Historic Preservation
On November 4, 2014 voters overwhelmingly passed the constitutional amendment sponsored by Senator Smith creating a stable source of funding for open space, farmland and historic preservation. Since 1961, New Jersey voters have passed 14 out of 14 ballot measures supportive of funding for open space, farmland and historic preservation. New Jersey has one million acres to protect for our clean water, economy and quality of life.

Green Acres Blue Acres
On November 3, 2009 voters passed the ballot initiative sponsored by Senator Smith to make an investment in open space preservation. This allowed programs such as the Green Acres public recreation and conservation program, farmland preservation, the Blue Acres program for flood plain and watershed land, and historic preservation to continue. New Jersey voters understood the importance of this initiative and recognized that our state could not afford the consequences of failing to make the investment in our future. Open space preservation is absolutely vital to preserving our quality of life.

On November 3, 2009 voters passed the ballot initiative sponsored by Senator Smith to make an investment in open space preservation. This allowed programs such as the Green Acres public recreation and conservation program, farmland preservation, the Blue Acres program for flood plain and watershed land, and historic preservation to continue. New Jersey voters understood the importance of this initiative and recognized that our state could not afford the consequences of failing to make the investment in our future. Open space preservation is absolutely vital to preserving our quality of life.

Preserving Parks for Future Generations
In 2006 a ballot referendum, sponsored by Senator Smith, was passed by New Jersey voters to allow a portion of the revenue from the corporate business tax to be dedicated toward the acquisition and development of open space lands for conservation and recreation. This amendment gives parks the funding they desperately need by putting existing tax revenue to good use without raising taxes.

Cleaner Air Better Health
In 2005 voters supported stronger protections to reduce diesel emission by nearly half. The Legislature in both Houses passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Smith, to clean up the problem, reducing exposure to diesel pollutants for vulnerable children and shifting truck routes away from our most populated areas. This program does not rely on new taxes to fund cleanup programs, but rather, reallocates a portion of the assessment that's already constitutionally-mandated on businesses in New Jersey. And diesel reduction efforts will save hundreds of lives each year from early death due to diesel-aggravated respiratory illnesses.