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Three Years After Accusations, Woodbridge Judge Resigns to Face Charges of Voter Fraud

Chatham Resident Spencer Robbins Used His Law Office Address to Vote in Woodbridge
Middlesex County Courthouse
Judge Spencer Robbins was forced to resign and face charges he voted illegally in two 2010 elections. File Photo

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ--Spencer Robbins, a municipal court judge in three Middlesex County municipalities surrendered to two counts of voter fraud at the county court in New Brunswick on March 4.

According to the Middlesex Prosecutor’s Office, Robbins’ admission to this third-degree offense comes on the heels of an extensive investigation into the activities of the central New Jersey jurist.

In 2011, the Middlesex County Board of Elections determined he had inapproprately voted in two elections that he should not have been allowed to.

Robbins, a 62-year-old Chatham resident, is charged with circumventing election laws by registering to vote using the address of his Woodbridge law office.

Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey confirmed that the charges against Robbins were filed after Investigator Donald Heck determined Robbins voted illegally in both a Woodbridge school election on April 20, 2010 and in a general election in Woodbridge on November 2, 2010.

Robbins, who has held a law license since 1981 and served as a municipal judge in Woodbridge, Sayreville and South Plainfield, has resigned his municipal judgeships. He was released on his own recognizance today pending further action by the courts.

Robbins, who served on the Woodbridge from 1994 until his resignation last week earned $77,000 a year from Woodbridge, in addition to $49,000 a year in South Plainfield and $43,000 in Sayreville according to early 2013 numbers published in the Star-Ledger.

The prosecutor’s office has stressed a presumption of innocence until the charges are proven, however this particular issue has been dogging the now-former Woodbridge judge for over a year.

In January of 2013 the New Jersey Star-Ledger reported that Robbins was reappointed by the town council for another three-year term despite the fact that Robbins was under review from the Middlesex County election board and that the New Jersey Bar Association had admonished him in 2004 for an unspecified matter.

Woodbridge spokesman John Hagerty called the electoral issue outside the purview of the town in a January 2013 quote published on the Star-Ledger’s NJ.com.