Madden served as Acting Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police in 2002, after rising through the ranks from Trooper to Lieutenant Colonel. After he retired from the State Police force in 2002, he worked as the Chief of Investigations in the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.
Sen. Madden received training at the FBI Academy and the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection School. Under Madden's command, the New Jersey State Police established its Internet sex offender registry, a computer crimes initiative to combat identity theft and Internet crimes against children, and he served as a member of New Jersey's State Domestic Preparedness Task Force to address issues of homeland security and counter-terrorism.
The Washington Township (Gloucester County) native was recruited to run for the Senate in the high profile 4th Legislative District against incumbent Republican Senator George Geist in 2004. At the time, the campaign between Madden and Geist was the most expensive in New Jersey State Senate history reaching over $4.2 million, breaking the previous record spending of $1.8 million. After a recount, Madden held on to win with a 63-vote margin.
Madden serves in the Senate on the Labor Committee (as Vice-Chair) and the Transportation Committee (as Vice-Chair).
Madden earned a degree in law enforcement from Camden County College, graduated with a B.A. from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) in Law / Justice and was awarded an M.S. from Saint Joseph's University in Criminal Justice. Madden has taught as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University, Rutgers University and Gloucester County College.
Senator Madden was instrumental in passing the One-Gun-Month Bill, S1774. Madden, who previously voted “no” and committed to hold firm in that position in support of the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, switched his vote at the last minute and voted “yes” to limit firearms sales to one per month.
"I am confident this will be a real task force offering real recommendations, said Sen. Fred Madden, (D-Gloucester), who provided the key vote that passed the bill 21-15 around 12:30 a.m.
Each of the forty districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 4th Legislative District for the 2010-2011 Legislative Session are:
- Mansnerus, Laura. "In Recount, Madden Defeats Geist in Senate Race", The New York Times, November 19, 2003. Accessed March 14, 2008. "The race was notable for the $4.2 million that Mr. Madden and his two Assembly running mates raised -- more than $200 for each vote they received. The previous spending record for a single legislative candidate was $1.8 million."
- Senator Madden's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature. Accessed March 14, 2008.
- Livio, Susan. "Bill to limit N.J. gun purchases gets legislative approval", Star-Ledger, June 26, 2009. Accessed June 26, 2009.
- Senator Madden's legislative web page, New Jersey Legislature
- New Jersey Legislature financial disclosure forms
- Madden, Moriarty and Love Legislative website
- New Jersey Senate Democrats Website Biography
- New Jersey Voter Information Website 2003