David Roberts is a champion of the city of Hoboken, New Jersey, having served as Chairman of the Hoboken Democratic Committee until 2008 and Mayor until 2009. After graduating from high school, he attended New Jersey City State College and then Thomas Edison State College, where he earned a degree in Political Science. In 1981, David Roberts began his service to the city as a firefighter. Three years later, he received a class three citation for valor resulting from his efforts in a team rescue of two children from a fire.
David Roberts is credited with saving St. Mary's Hospital from closure. When the hospital was debating an imminent shutdown of operations, he led negotiations to create the Hoboken University Medical Center. David Roberts' plan called for St. Mary's Hospital to be designated as a nonprofit medical center controlled by Hoboken municipality, which required a change in state legislation. This shift allowed the creation of the Hoboken Municipal Hospital Authority, after which the Hoboken City Council guaranteed a $52 million bond for hospital operations. The Medical Center is currently one of the largest employers in the area.
In 2010, David Roberts held a fundraiser for the Project Play Initiative, a subsidiary of the Hoboken Family Alliance, a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to helping local families. He hosted the event to raise money for the renovation of the playground in Church Square Park.
David Roberts is currently a business owner, married for nearly three decades, and the father of two sons and a daughter.