Senator Kevin O’Toole

Read columns written by former LD40 Senator Kevin O’Toole, who served in the NJ State Legislature for 22 years:

A Long Overdue Call: Privacy for Judges

Who is Assemblyman Michael Marotta?

Senatorial Courtesy and the Loch Ness Monster

Hanlon’s Razor

My Uncle Mac and the Supply Chain

Who Knew

A Small Repayment to the Heroes Among US

Leaders Lead

The Meeting Before the Meeting

What if Jack Collins Ran for Governor?

New Year’s Resolutions for Newly Sworn-in Elected Officials

What if the Deal had been Made?

Farewell North Ward GOP Chairman Mike Carson

Legislative Redistrcting and Swimming with the Sharks

For Whom the Bell Tolls and Losing an Election

In Politics, They Love You Until They Don’t

September 11th – Images of Hope, Courage and Sacrifice Remain 

Let’s Go to the Videotape

‘Was Nothing Real?’

The “Rostenkowski Line” in Politics 

Double Secret Lives of Public Officials 

Forgive Me, Father, for I have Sinned, but…

How to Run for Governor

Seton Hall Basketball, Jersey Politics and The Godfather Movies

March 15th – The Ides of March and the Date of Doom

Chamber Train Dos and Don’ts

Art of Schwinn Bicycles and Life in Politics

Turning Silver into Gold

Congratulations on your Swearing in – You’ve been Served

Growing up Bi-Racial

Burning The Boats And Crossing The Rubicon

Creating Political Leverage

Serving in the Investigated World – Self-Preservation

In Terms of Legislative Contests, 2019 could be 1995 All Over Again

Don’t Let The Iguanas Fall From The Trees

Advice to a Younger Me

Running for Office for the First Time

Political Stagecraft

Political Overtime

Life Imitating TV

Welcome Home

Political Death At Your Own Hands – Text Messages, Emails and Metadata

GOP Chair Peter Murphy and Senator Brian Stack – Last of a Dying Breed

Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio (or Senator Gordon)

How to be an Effective Incumbent or how to Beat an Incumbent

Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

Drinking the Kool-Aid

Plan and Plot and Understand that Nothing goes as Planned, but be Near the Sphere of Opportunity

Judicial Pay Raise – It’s Time

Topic: Is Lack of Civility and Discourse Ruining Our Republic?

Information is King

Open Letter to New Legislators

It’s Not Personal, It’s Strictly Business – The Biggest Lie In Politics

Press, Friend or Foe? My thoughts on the Press and Our Relationships with Them

To All the “Sheila Spicer’s” In Our Lives

Perspective and Personalities: Two Things that Shape Trenton

Lame Duck doesn’t have to be Lame: Reflections and Predictions

The Language of Trenton

Football and the Politics of Standing for the National Anthem

My Thoughts on the History of Trenton’s Political Toxicity: Ranking NJ’s Last Six Elected Governors

All Good Things Must Come To An End

Anatomy of a Winning Ticket

New Jersey’s Greatest Political Teacher—Stephen N. Adubato

Courage and Strategy of Getting on the Ballot

A Legislator’s Guide to Treating Staff

How To Become A Judge

My Life in New Jersey Politics: An Introduction


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Senator O’Toole and Senator Vitale

Kevin O’Toole is the managing partner of O’Toole Scrivo:

Mr. O’Toole has a varied practice encompassing toxic torts, environmental law, risk management, class actions, complex litigation and corporate investigations. He is routinely called upon by Fortune 500 companies to obtain cost-effective, early resolution of complex matters and sought out to provide detailed analyses of sophisticated matters, evaluate case preparation, predict outcomes and assist in the development of strategic risk management planning. Mr. O’Toole has served as both National Coordinating Counsel for corporate clients and operational leader of multi-jurisdictional litigation teams that have been responsible for trying dozens of high profile multi-million dollar matters.

Mr. O’Toole is a founding and managing partner of O’Toole Scrivo. He has had a long and distinguished career in the New Jersey legislature and is a former member of the New Jersey State Senate. In 2017. Mr. O’Toole was appointed as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where he is responsible for supervising over $65 billion in assets and the largest infrastructure projects in the country. Mr. O’Toole’s unique combination of private and public sector experience provides the Firm’s clients with unparalleled advice and insight into their matters.

Honors And Awards:

  • President’s Award (in recognition of exemplary service to the Public, the Bench, and the Bar) presented by the New Jersey State Bar Association
  • 2015 NJ State Chamber of Commerce Legislator of The Year
  • CLM Professionals of the Year Award Winner for Outside Counsel
  • Lipman-Franks Award for State Legislative Service presented by Legal Services of NJ
  • Trailblazer Award presented by Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of NJ
  • Community Service and Leadership Award presented by Korean American League for Civic Action
  • Outstanding Contributions to Women and Families presented by Displaced Homemakers Network of NJ
  • Legislator of the Year presented by NJ State Police Benevolent Association
  • Grand Lodge Order of the Elks – Distinguished Citizenship Award


  • Chairman, Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (August 1, 2017, to present)
  • Commissioner Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (July 2, 2017, to present)
  • State of New Jersey, Senator (2008 – 2017)
  • State of New Jersey, Assemblyman (1996 – 2008)
  • State of New Jersey, Senator (2001 – 2002)
  • Township of Cedar Grove, Mayor/Council Member (1989 – 1996)
  • National Committee Member, Council on Litigation Management (CLM) and serves on the Product Liability Committee
  • Silver Card Member PBA
  • Life Member Cedar Grove Fire Department

Visit O’Toole Scrivo’s website here.


Kevin J. O’Toole (born October 5, 1964) is an American Republican Party politician, who served in the New JerseySenate. O’Toole represented the 40th legislative district, which consists of parts of BergenEssexMorris, and Passaiccounties from 2008 to 2017.

O’Toole was elected to the Assembly in 1995 and re-elected five times. He served in the Senate from May 2001 to January 2002, and was elected to the Senate again on November 6, 2007. O’Toole serves in the Senate on the Budget and Appropriations Committee and on the Senate Judiciary Government Committee. He also served as the Senate Minority Whip.[1]

In January 2016, O’Toole announced that he would not seek re-election in 2017.[2] In February 2017, Governor Chris Christie nominated him to a six-year term on the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to succeed Pat Schuber.[3] The State Senate confirmed his nomination in March 2017, though O’Toole has indicated that it may take a few months to wrap up his time in the Senate before he takes office as a commissioner.[4]

O’Toole resigned from the State Senate on July 1, 2017 after being confirmed to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.[5]

Source: Wikipedia


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