UNION COUNTY, NJ---Union County Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados released the following statement on behalf of the Board and County government on the passing of Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22):

"Jerry Green was an innovator, a trailblazer and the most influential African American leader ever to come from Union County.

As a former Freeholder in the '80s and early '90s, and as an Assemblyman in the 22nd district for the past 26 years, his efforts helped fuel Union County 's amazing economic growth and success, including the ongoing renaissance of his hometown of Plainfield.

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As the previous Democratic Chairman for nearly five years, Jerry continued to build on the party's success, and expanded its growth and influence throughout the County and the State.

As a mentor to myself and so many other elected officials in Union County,  Jerry set the example on how to live a life in politics and government with dignity, humility, and grace.

Our condolences go out to his family, and we ask that all Union County and residents of the State of New Jersey please keep him and his family in their thoughts and prayers.

He will be sorely missed.