BARRINGTON, NJ— Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones announced today that she would not seek re-election to the state General Assembly this year.
Egan Jones, a Democrat, has represented New Jersey's 5th Legislative District since 2015. Egan Jones said she would serve the remainder of her term in office, which expires in January 2020.
“This has been a labor of love going back to my time as chief-of-staff to my mentor, the late State Senator Walter Rand, and as chief-of-staff to former Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts, Jr. It has truly been an honor to serve in the same district as these statesmen," Egan Jones said in a statement. "The greatest thing about serving in elective office has been helping people from all walks of life and solving all kinds of problems — from simple constituent service requests to more complex legislative matters which can impact millions of New Jerseyans."
Prior to being elected to represent the 5th Legislative District, which covers parts of Camden and Gloucester counties, Egan Jones served as a Barrington Borough councilwoman, Camden County freeholder and Camden County surrogate. She worked in public service for 45 years, and 22 years as an elected official.
In her announcement, Egan Jones explained what she was proud of in her career.
"I am particularly proud to have played a role in bringing funding fairness to South Jersey’s public schools, some of which were denied their fair share in state aid for far too long, the renewal of the Transportation Trust Fund, Equal Pay legislation, and some of the toughest gun laws in the nation," Egan Jones said.
Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli thanked Egan Jones for her years of dedicated service to both Camden County and the 5th Legislative District.
“No matter the office, or at what level of government she served, her solid integrity has always been her calling card. Her public service runs far deeper than her own elected offices, as she served behind the scenes as Chief-of-Staff to the late State Senator Walter Rand, and Chief-of-Staff to former Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts, Jr.," Cappelli said in a statement. "Perhaps her greatest accomplishment is the mark that she made on the City of Camden as a resolute advocate for the berthing of the Battleship New Jersey that led the way for the transformation of the waterfront and the unprecedented redevelopment we see today.”
As an assemblywoman, Egan Jones served as vice chair for transportation and independent authorities committee, and on the budget and higher education committees.