PLAINFIELD, NJ -- Assemblyman Jerry Green (D-22) today resigned as Chairman of the Union County Democratic Committee to focus his energy on recovering from an illness. The veteran politician from Plainfield plans to continue representing the District 22 when he rejoins his colleagues in the New Jersey General Assembly once his recovery process is complete. 

“In consultation with my medical providers, family, friends, and colleagues, I have concluded that the arduous recovery process prevents me from effectively serving as the Chairman of the Union County Democratic Committee," Green wrote in a statement on Wednesday. "Effective immediately, the party organization should take the necessary steps according to the bylaws to assemble the county committee to elect my replacement.  It is my sincere wish that no other action is undertaken by the party, and that the highest priority be given to electing a new chairman.”

“Leading the Democratic Party in Union County has been an incredible experience. I will never forget the stunning and historic victories we’ve all worked so hard together to achieve. In fact, it’s a source of great pride that we have more Democrats elected in Union County today than we’ve ever had in our history,” Green said. "But, the party is larger than one person, and Democrats in Union County need to rally together and keep what’s really important at the forefront."

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First elected in June 2013, Green set a priority of investing more of the  party’s resources and energy into rebuilding the party within suburban communities. During his chairmanship, Democrats maintained their record of winning all countywide elections and scored wins in Scotch Plains, Garwood, Cranford, Springfield, Roselle Park, Kenilworth; along with the historic victories in Summit, Westfield, and Berkeley Heights.

TAPintoSPF conducted an in-depth interview with Jerry Green in 2015 in which the powerful Union County Democrat explained that "politics is business."

“I want to thank every single person who called or sent notes to me during my recent illness,” said Green, who will turn 79 in April. “Your words of encouragement and your advice have been deeply appreciated. I humbly request continued patience and the respect of privacy for my family as I continue this recovery process.”

Green has endorsed State Senator Nick Scutari to succeed him as Chairman of the Union County Democrats.