TRENTON, NJ – In honor of the life-long career in public service of the Assemblyman Jerry Green who represented Legislative District 22 for 16 years, the full Assembly unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Jamel C. Holley, Linda Carter, James Kennedy and Annette Quijano to designate the portion of the State Highway Route 27 in Union County as “Jerry Green Memorial Highway.”
Speaker Pro Tempore Green was the longest serving Assemblyman of the current New Jersey General Assembly. He passed away at the age of 79 in April 2018.
“Jerry dedicated every waking moment of his life to serving his community, Union County and the people of New Jersey,” said Holley (D-Union). “Caring and listening were two of Jerry’s most valued attributes as a public servant. He is an inspiration for any young man or woman growing up in humble means and endeavoring to make a difference with their lives. His experienced leadership combined with his no-nonsense personal style inspired many to pursue careers in public service.”
“He was a mentor, friend and inspiration to many, including myself.”
“It was an honor to know Jerry,” said Carter (D-Union), who was selected to fill Assembly Green’s seat. “His career dedication to improving the lives of his fellow New Jerseyans was admirable and inspiring. Given the number of properties he owned along this route and his commitment to the residents of Union County, naming this part of Route 27 would be a fitting tribute to his legacy.”
“Jerry was a good man and outstanding public servant,” said Kennedy (D-Middlesex, Somerset, Union). “His legacy will live on in the people he has helped in his community and throughout the state. This designation is a way to remember all he has accomplished for the people of New Jersey.”
“Jerry was a fixture of legislative wisdom and experience in the Assembly,” said Quijano (D-Union). “His constituents could count on him to bring their concerns to the table and fight what is right. Assemblyman Green made a difference in the lives of others and showed others how to do it as well.”
A pillar of the community in Union County, Assemblyman Green has served in numerous public offices and public service roles, including for the Union County Planning Board, the Union County Adolescent Substance Abuse Program, the Private Industry Council of Union County, the Union County Utilities Authority, the Union County Democratic Committee, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey General Assembly. Assemblyman Green also represented the 17th legislative district for 10 years.
While in the General Assembly, Assemblyman Green served as Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore, Speaker Pro Tempore and Deputy Speaker. Over the course of his tenure in the General Assembly, he was a member of numerous legislative committees, including serving as Chairman of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee.
Assemblyman Holley introduced this legislation on May 24.
“Naming the part of Route 27 that runs through Union County after him is a way to honor Jerry’s unwavering devotion to his hometown and his memory,” said Holley. “His legacy continues on in the legislature and the countless number of people he has helped along the way. Jerry is the reason many of us are committed to serving others.”