Assembly State and Local Government

The Assembly State and Local Government Committee focuses on policy and legislation that has a direct impact on state government, as well as legislation dealing with ethics, pensions, election related issues and public employees.
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Wimberly on the Passing of Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green

Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (D-Bergen/Passaic) issued the following statement on the passing of longtime colleague and friend Jerry Green:

"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…"


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Holley on the Passing of Longtime Legislator, Friend Jerry Green

Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-Union) issued the following statement on the recent passing of Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green:

"Jerry Green is an inspiration for any young man or woman growing up in humble means and wondering what will become of them.
"He spent his childhood in Roselle and never forgot what is was like to see people struggling to get ahead. In fact, Assemblyman Green, lived a public service-focused life to improve our communities..."


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Kennedy Statement on the Passing of Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green

Assemblyman James Kennedy (D-Middlesex/Union) released the following statement Thursday on the passing of Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green:


"I am simply devastated to hear of the passing of my district mate, mentor, and friend Jerry Green.

"I will miss fighting for the citizens of the 22nd Legislative District with Jerry at my side. I know I speak for so many of our constituents in saying that we lost a true leader in our community. It was an honor to work alongside him. I want to send my deepest condolences to the Green family."


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Sumter Statement on the Passing of Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green

Assembly Majority Conference Leader Shavonda Sumter (D-Passaic/Bergen) released the following statement Thursday on the passing of Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green:

"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..."

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Schaer Statement on the Passing of Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green

Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic) released the following statement Thursday on the passing of Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green:

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my friend and colleague Jerry Green.

“As budget chairman, I had the honor and privilege to serve in a leadership role with Jerry, and I think I can speak for all of us in the Assembly in saying that he made all of us better legislators, better leaders, and most importantly, better people…"


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Burzichelli Statement on the Passing of Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green

Assembly Deputy Speaker and Appropriations Chairman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland) released the following statement Thursday on the passing of Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green:

"I'm saddened at the loss of my friend, Jerry Green.

"Jerry was a great character, always ready to provide sage advice culled from his years successfully navigating New Jersey politics and his desire to do what's right for the people of our state. Helping others was always his priority..."


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Jasey Statement on the Passing of Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green

Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-Essex/Morris) released the following statement Thursday on the passing of Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green:

"I am so sad to hear of the passing of my friend and mentor Jerry Green.

"I served with Jerry on the Housing committee for a decade, and had the honor to be his vice-chair. I learned so much from him. No one knew more about housing policy, and no one worked harder to make housing more affordable in this state..."


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Greenwald Statement on the Passing of Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green

'He was a True Leader'

Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden/Burlington) released the following statement Thursday on the passing of Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green:

"I am devastated to hear of the passing of my friend Jerry Green.

"Speaker Pro Tempore Green was a fixture of the Assembly. He was the leading advocate for affordable housing in our state, and an unwavering voice for the less fortunate. I often sought his advice, and he never let me down. Jerry was a partner in many a State House battle, but he was also my friend..."

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Speaker Coughlin Statement on the Passing of Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green

'Jerry Green was a Giant of the Assembly'

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) released the following statement Thursday on the passing of Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green:

"I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our great friend and colleague, Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green.

"Jerry Green was a giant of the Assembly. He loved public policy, always strove to help the least fortunate among us and took great joy in mentoring new members and staff. He was New Jersey's leading expert on affordable housing, a problem he never stopped trying to solve..."

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Pintor Marin Statement on the Passing of Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green


'The Assembly has Lost a Giant'

Assembly Budget Committee Chair Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Essex) released the following statement Thursday on the passing of Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green:

"I am terribly saddened by the news of Jerry's passing.

"He was a great colleague and friend, and to those he represented, a committed public servant."

"He was dedicated to the people of New Jersey, and served in many different capacities, but his work as chair of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee really stands out. He believed people had a right to affordable and adequate housing, and worked tirelessly towards that end… "


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Pinkin, Schaer, Vainieri Huttle & Lampitt Measure Recognizing 70th Anniversary of Establishment of State of Israel Advanced Through Assembly

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Members Nancy Pinkin, Gary Schaer, Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Pamela Lampitt recognizing the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel was recently approved by the Assembly.

New Jersey and Israel have a history of ties, most notably through a more than $1.6 billion trading partnership and New Jersey’s enactment of both Iran sanctions and legislation opposing Israel boycotts.

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Coughlin, Reynolds-Jackson & Schaer Celebrate New Automatic Voter Registration Law

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson and Assemblyman Gary Schaer on Tuesday celebrated the signing of legislation they sponsored to make New Jersey the 12th state to establish automatic voter registration.

The law (A-2014) automatically registers and updates voter registration for those applying for a driver's license, examination permit, probationary driver's license or non-driver identification card is now law...

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Coughlin, Schaer, Downey, Benson, Wimberly, McKeon, Jasey & Chiaravalloti Bill Creating Automatic Voter Registration Now Law

- Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Speaker Craig Coughlin, Gary Schaer, Joann Downey, Daniel Benson, Benjie Wimberly, John McKeon, Mila Jasey and Nicholas Chiaravalloti to automatically register and update voter registration for those applying for a driver's license, examination permit, probationary driver's license or non-driver identification card is now law.

"This is designed to encourage participation in the democratic process by integrating voter registration with the process of driver registration," said Coughlin (D-Middlesex). "This simple move will hopefully encourage more young people to register to vote and make it easier for residents to fulfill their civic duty..."

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