Legislators And Leaders Pay Tribute To Colleague Green

Legislative leaders, elected officials, and colleagues paid tribute today to Assemblyman Jerry Green, who passed away last night. The veteran legislator served in the Assembly for 26 years, chaired the Housing Committee, and served as Speaker Pro Tempore. Green also served as Chair of the Union County Democratic Committee, before stepping down in January of this year.  Here’s what they said in memory of Green:
 
  • Governor Murphy said Green was ‘nice to me during the early years when he didn’t need to be’
  • LG Oliver said Green’s ‘quiet demeanor and understated humor hid a giant of the Legislature who was unafraid to go to the mat for his constituents’
  • Senator Booker said Green’s ‘legacy will live on for generations in the community he loved’
  • Senator Menendez called Green a ‘lion of the Assembly‘ and said the state is better off because of his service
  • Rep. Sires said the state lost a ‘longtime civil servant
  • Rep. Watson Coleman called him a ‘true champion of our Democratic values and he never held back in the hard fights’
  • Senate President Sweeney called Green a ‘man who made a real difference as a tireless advocate’
  • Senator Scutari hailed Green as ‘fiercely loyal‘ and a ‘strong and fair statewide leader’
  • Senator Cryan said Green was a ‘champion of civil rights and was on the frontlines in our state
  • Senator Ruiz said Green ‘embraced life in much the same way as his radiant smile engulfed colleagues’
  • Senator Rice heralded Green as ‘one of the most luminary figures in New Jersey’s modern history’
  • Speaker Coughlin called Green a ‘true statesman’, adding that its ‘quite simply impossible to imagine the Assembly without Jerry Green’
  • Assembly Majority Leader Greenwald called Green an ‘unwavering voice for the less fortunate’
  • Assembly Minority Leader Bramnick said Green ‘understood that talking to each other and treating each other with respect was very important’
  • Assemblyman Holley said Green was ‘an inspiration for any young man or woman growing up in humble means and wondering what will become of them’
  • Assemblyman Kennedy, Green’s districtmate, said ‘the lessons he taught me about policy, politics, and the fundamental need to help those who are less fortunate will forever be invaluable to me’
  • Assemblyman Burzichelli said ‘when Jerry had something to say, the whole room stopped
  • Assemblyman Schaer said Green’s ‘passion for progress‘ made the state a better place
  • Assemblywoman Pintor Marin said ‘we have lost a giant in New Jersey politics’
  • Assemblyman Wimberly called Green a ‘true political servant
  • NJDSC Chair Currie and Vice Chair Delgado-Polanco hailed Green’s work on affordable housing as Chairman of the Assembly Housing Committee
  • Treasurer Muoio called Green a ‘fierce fighter
  • Plainfield Mayor Mapp praised the ‘work he [Green] has done in serving the City of Plainfield, the County of Union, and the State of New Jersey with distinction’
  • Somerset County Democratic Chair Schaffer called Green a ‘dedicated public servant for whom the interests of his constituents were paramount’
  • Middlesex County Democratic Chair McCabe said New Jersey is ‘better today because of Jerry Green’s service’
  • Union County Freeholder Granados called Green an ‘innovator, a trailblazer and the most influential African American leader ever to come’ from Union County
  • John Campbell of the NJ African American Republican Coalition said Green was a ‘true fighter‘ who ‘exhibited strong leadership and provided great constituent services’
  • The Sierra Club’s Jeff Tittel said Green ‘will be greatly missed‘ and heralded his environmental record
  • DOBI Commissioner Marlene Caride said she would cherish the laughs they shared through the years.
  • Assemblyman Ralph Caputo said, “Jerry exemplified old guard values and respect and he’s irreplaceable.”
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