Senator Colin Bell
Colin Bell was sworn into the New Jersey Senate on October 5th, 2017 to succeed the late Senator Jim Whelan. Senator Bell will serve until January 2018, fulfilling the remainder of Senator Whelan’s term.
Colin is a 5th generation resident of Atlantic County. Colin grew up in Hamilton Township, where he attended Hamilton Township public schools and then graduated from Oakcrest High School. After college and law school, he returned to Atlantic County where he served as an Assistant Atlantic County Prosecutor before moving into private practice. In 2012, Colin defeated a two-term incumbent to win election to an at-large seat on the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
On the Freeholder Board, Colin fought for jobs programs for veterans, housing assistance for homeless veterans and victims of Hurricane Sandy, and increased transparency in county government. Colin was the only Freeholder to oppose the repeal of Atlantic County’s Pay-to-Play Ordinance, which was designed to keep money out of politics by prohibiting campaign contributors from being reward with lucrative county contracts.
As your Senator, Colin will fight for real property tax relief by closing Governor Christie’s tax loopholes for millionaires to fund $1,000 property tax credit to families making under $200,000, to restore full funding of women’s healthcare that has been stripped by the Christie Administration, and for the full and fair funding of our public education system. Colin will also work to help local governments function more efficiency by making it easier for them to enter shared service and cost-sharing agreements.
Colin has served on the boards of the Chelsea Neighborhood Association, the Stockton Holocaust Resource Center, and the Atlantic City Boys & Girls Club. He lives in Margate with his wife Sarah Beth and their children, Asher, and Sloane.