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Assemblyman Gerald B. "Jerry" Green, Sr.

April 16, 1939 April 18, 2018
Assemblyman Gerald B. "Jerry" Green, Sr.
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Assemblyman Gerald B. Green, Sr. was born on April 16, 1939 in Roselle, New Jersey, son of the late Fish Green and Esther (Simmons) Green Tate. He grew up in Roselle and was educated in the Roselle Public School system. Jerry graduated from Abraham Clark High School where he was a Basketball star. Before his public life, Green worked as a butcher, and by age 27 was a business owner. He transitioned peacefully on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, two days after his 79th birthday.

Assemblyman Jerry Green was a legislator with impact who rose through the ranks to serve in the General Assembly for 26 years. As Speaker Pro Tempore, Green served in the 22nd Legislative District since 2002. He served as a member of the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee since 2004. In his years in the Assembly, Jerry had served on the Assembly Housing, Transportation, Local Government and Health Committees. He was the Chairman of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee. Before he passed, Jerry was the longest-serving Assembly member in New Jersey.

Assemblyman Jerry Green was the prime sponsor of legislation that prevents crime affecting suburban and urban communities. He worked hard on behalf of the seniors, bringing thousands of dollars to the district to support issues of concern. In addition to bringing additional funding to the district to improve schools, he worked to ensure that our children are educated in a safe environment. Jerry was a champion for civil rights and education, he played a key role in returning Plainfield to an “Abbott District” status, which brought over $100 million per year to the school district; this money was and continues to be used to educate the students and to renovate and build new facilities. Jerry was one of the key sponsors of the bill that required institutions of higher education to install sprinklers in all dormitories.

For over 10 years, Jerry fought for his expungement bill, which shortens the waiting period for expungement of criminal and other records and information. The bill was signed into law at the beginning of 2016, and it will benefit those who paid their dues and are ready to reintegrate back into society. But Jerry may be best remembered for his fight for affordable housing, a persistent issue in the state. As Chairman of the Housing and Community Development and Joint Committee on Housing Affordability, he supported affordable housing bills and worked very closely with State organizations that support housing affordability for all residents. He also served as Chairman in the Union County Democratic Committee from 2013 until his passing.

Prior to earning his seat in the General Assembly, Assemblyman Jerry Green served on the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 1989-1991. He served on the Union County Planning Board, the Parks & Recreation Committee, and Human Services and Economic Development. He also served on the Union County Adolescent Substance Abuse Program, the Private Industry Council, the Union County Municipal Utilities Authority, and was an honorary member of the Union County Police Chiefs Association. As a Freeholder, he was one of the facilitators responsible for bringing the Union County College campus to Plainfield. A true political servant, Plainfield, Union County, and New Jersey are better off because of Assemblyman Gerald B. Green, Sr.

He was predeceased by his brother, Edward Tate.

Assemblyman Gerald B. Green, Sr. leaves to cherish fond and precious memories, his devoted wife, Wanda Green; five children: Sheldon Green (Wanda), Tracy Green, Gerald “Jerry” B. Green, Jr. (Coreen), Tamika Green-Madison (Ryan), and Jeron Green; four brothers: William Green, Charles Green (Vera), Kenneth Green (Adrienne), and Timothy Green (Pamela); four sisters: Annette Duhon (Nathan), Dolores Myles, Esther Johnson (Ralph) and Darralynn Gail Brewin (Daryl); loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a host of dear relatives, friends, colleagues and constituents.

Services are private. A memorial celebration will be planned for a later date.

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