6.8% Black/African American
0.2% Native American
0.0% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
3.5% Other race
1.9% Two or more races
Spring Lake Heights
Sean T. Kean
Assemblyman Sean T. Kean
Kean was born in Montclair, grew up in Deal and attended Red Bank Catholic High School.He is of Irish heritage and has family ancestry in County Cork.
Kean received a B.A. in 1988 from Seton Hall University in Political Science, was granted an M.A.L.S. in 1992 from Columbia University in American Studies and was awarded a J.D. from the Seton Hall University School of Law in 1995.Before becoming an attorney, Kean was a member of the Heavy and General Construction Laborers Local 472 Union (a branch of the Laborers’ International Union of North America) in Newark from 1984 until 1988. Kean served as an aide to State Senator John O. Bennett from 1994 through 1996. He served on the Monmouth County Environmental Council from 1999 to 2001 and on the Wall Township Planning Board from 2001 to 2002.Prior to 1994, Kean had been registered a Democrat.
Kean is a resident of Wall Township where he lives with his wife Bridget and triplets born in July 2012. Kean formerly wrote a column titled “Legislative Matters” in The Coast Star, a weekly local newspaper in Monmouth County. His column typically contains news from the statehouse in Trenton, opinions on issues facing his district, and criticism of the state’s Democratic Party.
Kean first took his seat in the Assembly on October 28, 2002, following his selection by the District 11 Republican County Committee members to fill the vacancy created by the death of Assemblyman Thomas S. Smith. Despite not having the endorsement of Monmouth County Republican Chair William F. Dowd and the district’s other Assemblyman Steve Corodemus, Kean won the special convention vote winning a majority of the vote (113 votes) on the first ballot defeating Long Branch councilman Anthony Giordano (81 votes) and former Asbury Park mayor Carl Williams (13 votes).He would win election to full two-year terms in 2003 and 2005.
In the Assembly, he was the Assistant Republican Whip from 2004 to 2008. In his first stint in the Assembly, Kean served in the State Government Committee and the Transportation and Public Works Committee.
In 2007, 11th District Senator Joseph A. Palaia opted to retire at the end of his term. Kean sought election to the seat and defeated former professional football player and Assemblyman John Villapiano 63%-37%. During the first two years of his four-year Senate term, he served on the Legislative Services Commission, Labor, and Transportation Committees. In the next two years, he was a member of the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee and the Transportation Committee.
As a result of the 2011 legislative redistricting, Kean’s hometown of Wall Township was placed into the 30th Legislative District setting up a potential primary election with fellow Republican Senator Robert Singer. Kean avoided such a fight by instead successfully running for election to the Assembly alongside David Rible (who was one of Kean’s Assembly successors). In his current term in the Assembly, he is on the Consumer Affairs and Regulated Professions Committees.
Senator Robert Singer
Singer was born in New York City on October 29, 1947. He grew up in New York attending public schools there. From 1966 to 1972, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves. He married the former Caryl Lynn Russo and has four children. He is a resident of Lakewood Township.
Robert Singer is Vice President of Corporate Relations, Community/Kimball Medical Center.
Before entering New Jersey’s Senate, Singer served in the lower house of the New Jersey Legislature, the General Assembly for two stints, once from 1986 to 1990 serving the Ocean County-based 10th district, and again from 1992 through 1993 in the 30th district which now stretched from Burlington County through Monmouth and Ocean counties. He sought re-election to his Assembly seat in 1989 but was defeated by incumbent Democrat John Paul Doyle and former Democratic Assemblywoman Marlene Lynch Ford (the latter of whom Singer defeated in the 1985 and 1987 elections).
In The Assembly, Singer was the Majority Whip from 1992 to 1993. Senator Singer had served on the Lakewood Township Committee since 1981, and was its mayor in 1983, from 1985 to 1986, 1994, and again in 2009 until retiring in 2010.
He has been on the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council Board of Directors since 2001 and from 1996 to 1999 and the Lakewood Municipal Utility Authority since 1999 as Chair. He has served since 1999 on the Ocean County Board of Health as its Vice Chair. Singer serves on the Board of Trustees of Georgian Court University in Lakewood and is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council.
Incumbent 30th district State Senator John E. Dimon announced that he would not seek re-election in 1993 due to poor health. Singer ran in the primary unopposed and became the Republican nominee for the November general election. Singer was selected by Republican committee members of the district to serve the unexpired Senate term of the late John E. Dimon and was sworn into office on October 14, 1993.He had simultaneously held a seat in the New Jersey Senate and as Mayor until 2010 when he chose to not seek re-election to the Lakewood Township Committee. Singer had been a member of the Township Committee for nearly thirty years. Prior to retiring from the Lakewood Township Committee, dual office holding was allowed under a grandfather clause in the state law enacted by the New Jersey Legislature and signed into law by Governor of New Jersey Jon Corzine in September 2007 that prevents dual-office-holding but allows those who had held both positions as of February 1, 2008, to retain both posts.
In the Senate, Singer served as the Co-Republican Majority Leader from 2002 to 2003 and as the Assistant Majority Leader from 1997 to 2001. Singer serves on the Legislative Services Commission, the Commerce Committee and the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.
Singer currently serves on the New Jersey Commission on Aging, the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology and the New Jersey Asian American Commission. Singer has been the sponsor of various economic development measures, including bills to assist biotechnology and computer software firms, and to authorize the creation of Urban Enterprise Zones in the district.