Moses Schabrinskj (Murray Sabrin) was two-and-half years old when he arrived in America from West Germany on a hot August day in 1949 with his older brother and his parents who survived the Holocaust.
After living on the Lower East Side in a three-room railroad apartment ($26 per month rent) and sharing a hallway bathroom with their neighbors, Murray and his family moved to the Bronx in 1953 after his younger brother was born in May.
In June 1959, Murray became a U.S. citizen when he raised his right hand in a Manhattan Federal courthouse and swore to uphold the U.S. Constitution.
Murray was a motivated student in junior high school and his commitment to educational success led to being accepted to the academically prestigious Bronx High School of Science in 1961. He then attended Hunter College (Bronx Campus) where he studied history, geography and social studies education to prepare him to be a New York City schoolteacher.
After graduation from Hunter College (June 1968) he married Florence in August who had a 34-year career as biology teacher, assistant principal and chief of staff to the superintendent of Bronx high schools. They will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this August.
While teaching social studies and mathematics in a Bronx intermediate school, Murray completed a master’s degree in social studies education. In 1972 he became a full time doctoral student in economic geography at Rutgers University. He received his Ph.D. in 1981. Murray’s dissertation examined how inflation affects local economies.
The Sabrins moved to New Jersey in 1977, and in 1979 Murray was hired as a staff economist at the Massachusetts based American Institute for Economic Research, and in 1981 became a portfolio analyst for its subsidiary, American Investment Services, Inc. The Sabrins relocated to Massachusetts in 1981, retuning to the Garden State in 1982, at which time Murray worked in commercial real estate sales and marketing until 1985.
In 1985 Murray achieved his long-time career goal when he became a professor in the Anisfield School of Business at Ramapo College of New Jersey. He was promoted to full professor in 1996, because of his teaching excellence, scholarly activities and contributions to college and community.
Murray’s essays have appeared in The Record of North Jersey, The Star Ledger, Trenton Times, the Asbury Park Press, and NJBIZ. His essays have also appeared in Commerce Magazine, Mid-Atlantic Journal of Business, Privatization Review, and several other scholarly publications. He is the author of Tax Free 2000: The Rebirth of American Liberty. He writes commentary about New Jersey and the national economy at www.MurraySabrin.com.
Murray produced and wrote three documentaries since 2013 — The Federal Reserve: 100 Years of Boom and Bust; The Income Tax: Necessary Evil Or Root of All Evil?; and Medicare and Medicaid: A Fifty Year Retrospective. The documentaries were screened at Ramapo College and are available on YouTube at SabrinFilms.
In 1997 Murray was the New Jersey Libertarian Party candidate for Governor and was the first third party candidate to raise sufficient funds to qualify to participate in three debates with the two major party candidates. In 2007 Dr. Sabrin and his wife Florence made a $250,000 gift to Ramapo College to establish the Sabrin Center for Free Enterprise in the Anisfield School of Business, providing scholarships to students so they can study to become responsible business leaders. He is a founding trustee of the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, a nonprofit health center located in Hackensack. In 2017, Florence and Murray established the Sabrin Family Charitable Trust to provide funding for effective nonprofits in their community.
Murray’s philosophy can be summed by the title of a book written by the founder of the Foundation of Economic Education Leonard Read, Anything That is Peaceful. He also fervently agrees with the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Murray concurs with Peter Drucker’s observation: “Government has proved incompetent at solving social problems.” Murray believes that social issues can best be dealt with at the local level where citizens can see the results of their generosity supporting effective nonprofits in their communities.
Murray also is an enthusiastic supporter of the free enterprise system and thus supports reducing taxes as much as possible so individuals and families would keep more of their income to increase their living standards, save more for their future and increase their philanthropic donations. Businesses would benefit form lower tax rates by keeping more of their income to expand their operations, upgrade their equipment and hire more workers.
As a son of Holocaust survivors, Murray is a passionate defender of the right to self-defense, civil liberties and peaceful relations with other nations.
As your next U.S. Senator, Murray will enter the “world’s most deliberate body” in January 2019 to debate one and all: what is the proper role of government in a free society? With a lifetime of experience in finance and economics, and a passion for Peace, Liberty, Prosperity, Murray will be the nation’s foremost spokesman for America’s fundamental values in Washington DC.