PATERSON, NJ- Paterson's Assembly members, Shavonda Sumter and Benjie Wimberly, are mourning the loss of their colleague, Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-Plainfield) who died on Thursday.
Green, 79, was the longest serving member of the Assembly, and considered to be a champion of affordable housing. Green stepped down as Chairman of the Union County Democratic Organization on January 24 to "to focus his energy on recovering from an illness."
Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter:
“Today we mourn the loss of a giant in New Jersey who was a trailblazer for civil rights and economic justice - a leader of distinction whose presence will forever remain in our hearts.
“God bless his family. I send prayers of comfort during this time of bereavement.”
Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly:
“In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.- “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others. In dangerous valleys and hazardous pathways, he will lift some bruised and beaten brother to a higher and more noble life.” These words were personified in the hard work and steadfast devotion to public service of legislator Assemblyman Jerry Green.
“A true political servant who taught us all that the most important thing we must remember as legislative representatives is where we came from and the constituents we serve. Jerry will truly be missed on the Assembly floor and in caucus.
“My family and I extend our sincere condolences to his wife, family, and friends. Our prayers are with you today.”