TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy issued an executive order on Monday for New Jersey flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities on the day of the upcoming General Assembly session, scheduled for May 7, in memory of Plainfield's Assemblyman Jerry Green who passed away last week.

On Thursday, Governor Murphy had said, "Tammy and I are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Assemblyman Jerry Green, whose advocacy and love for Union County and his home of Plainfield was unquestioned. While Jerry could be tough as nails, he was also a gentleman, whose bigger-than-New Jersey smile and quiet humor could easily light up a room. He was nice to me during the early years when he didn't need to be, and I am proud to have called him my friend. Our condolences go out to his family, friends, and colleagues in the Legislature. He was one of a kind."

The executive order follows:

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State of New Jersey
Executive Order No. 24
        Governor Philip D. Murphy

WHEREAS, Assemblyman Jerry Green was a committed public servant who tirelessly served the people of the 22nd Legislative District and the State of New Jersey; and
WHEREAS, Assemblyman Green was born Gerald B. Green on April 16, 1939, in Roselle, New Jersey; and
WHEREAS, Assemblyman Green served on the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1982 to 1984 and from 1989 to 1991, serving as the Board’s Chair in 1990; and

WHEREAS, Assemblyman Green served admirably on the County Planning Board, the Parks and Recreation Committee, the Human Services and Economic Development Committee, the Private Industry Council, and the Municipal Utilities Authority; and
WHEREAS, Assemblyman Green was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1992, served as Deputy Speaker from 2002 to 2003, as Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore from 2004 to 2007, and as Speaker Pro Tempore from 2008 onward; and
WHEREAS, Assemblyman Green dutifully served as Chair of the Housing and Community Development Committee, and also served on the Health and Senior Services Committee and the Joint Committee on Housing Affordability; and
WHEREAS, until his passing, Assemblyman Green was the longest-serving current member of the Assembly; and
WHEREAS, Assemblyman Green contributed greatly to many worthwhile causes during his many years as a public servant, including civil rights, education, and the environment; and
WHEREAS, Assemblyman Green worked tirelessly throughout his career to increase access to affordable housing, benefiting working families across the State; and
WHEREAS, Assemblyman Green was actively involved with his local community in numerous capacities, including as chairman of the Union County Democratic Committee and as a member of numerous city, county, and regional boards; and
WHEREAS, Assemblyman Green’s presence will be sorely missed by his family, his many friends, his colleagues, and by the people of New Jersey whom he served so well; and
WHEREAS, it is with great sorrow that we mourn the passing of Assemblyman Green, and extend our deepest sympathy to his family, friends, and colleagues; and
WHEREAS, it is appropriate to honor the exemplary character, outstanding achievements, and cherished memory of Assemblyman Green, and to mark his passing;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, PHILIP D. MURPHY, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
  1. The flag of the United States of America and the flag of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies, and instrumentalities during appropriate hours when the General Assembly returns to session on Monday, May 7, 2018, in recognition and mourning of a dedicated and tireless public servant, Assemblyman Jerry Green.
  2. This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 23rd day of April, Two Thousand and Eighteen and of the Independence of the United States the Two Hundred and
/s/ Matthew J. Platkin
Chief Counsel to the Governor