(PASSAIC) – 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.
“For over 25 years, Jerry was a staple in the Assembly; a fierce, unwavering voice, not concerned with partisan politics, but with helping those who need it most.
“His fight to make housing more affordable for all in our state and passion for progress has, without a doubt, made New Jersey a better place.
“I have no doubts the Assembly chamber will be a different place without him; without his wonderful charm and infectious smile.
“I send my thoughts, prayers and condolences to Speaker Pro Tempore Green’s family.”