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(TRENTON) – Bayonne resident Jason O’Donnell on Monday was sworn-in as the newest member of the New Jersey General Assembly.
O’Donnell (D-Hudson) will represent the 31st Legislative District, which includes Bayonne and a portion of Jersey City. He was unanimously selected in July to fill a vacant Assembly seat.
“It is my distinct pleasure to welcome the newest member into the New Jersey General Assembly,” said Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic), who delivered the oath to O’Donnell. “Mr. O’Donnell’s considerable experience with local fire and municipal services is a welcome addition to our talented Democratic caucus.”
O’Donnell, 38, received his Bachelor of Science in fire science from New Jersey City University. He is Bayonne’s public safety director.
“I could not be more honored to be serving Bayonne and Jersey City and look forward to working with my Assembly colleagues as a strong advocate for my constituents,” O’Donnell said. “We have many important issues to tackle, including steering our urban areas through this difficult economy and creating jobs that will make New Jersey more affordable for working class residents.”
O’Donnell and his wife, Kerry, have a daughter and two sons.
O’Donnell joins Assemblyman Charles Mainor (D-Hudson) in representing the 31st Legislative District in the Assembly.
“I hope to use my public service experience and knowledge of municipal services to find better ways to provide New Jerseyans with quality, cost-efficient services, reinvigorate our economy and create jobs,” O’Donnell said.
Oliver said she expects to soon announce committee assignments for O’Donnell.