HAMILTON, NJ --  Long-time public servant and former Assemblyman Paul R. Kramer passed away peacefully at his home after a long illness on Tuesday. Kramer, widely known as the author of "Megan's Law" which created a statewide registry of sex offenders following the brutal killing of Hamilton's Megan Kanka, was 86.  

The Mercer County republican represented the 14th Legislative District between 1992 and 2000. He also served as Mercer County Freeholder (1985-1992) and finance director under former Hamilton Township Mayor Jack Rafferty.  

“He worked at every level of government and was a shining example of what it means to be a public servant,” said Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union).  “There is no doubt in my mind that our neighborhoods are safer today because he stood up.  We will be forever grateful for his leadership.  My deepest condolences go to his family, friends and loved ones.”

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He began his long public service career as a democrat working as finance director for the late Mayor of Trenton Arthur Holland between 1966 and 1976.

His family's deep ties began with his father's bagel bakery, Kramer’s, at Hudson and Tyler streets. Paul and his son David later owned the bakery where customers lined up outside on Saturday night to get fresh bagels. The bakery later relocated to Nottingham Way in Hamilton on the property known as the old Trenton Fairgrounds.

Kramer was known for seeking opportunities to work in a bi-partisan manner to help his community. From local government to the State House, he was respected by politicians on both sides of the aisle. In Mercer County, he supported the building of the Mercer County Arena, the upgrading of medical resources, and other numerous county improvements.  

Kramer earned his undergraduate degree from Rider College, where he majored in Accounting. He served in the United States Air Force from 1952 to 1956. 

Surviving are his loving wife, Clare; two sons, three daughters, three granddaughters, one grandson, and one great granddaughter.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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