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Joseph P. Cryan[2] (born September 1, 1961 in East Orange, New Jersey) is an American Democratic Party politician who has served in the New Jersey Senate since 2018, representing the 20th Legislative District. He previously served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2002 to 2015, where he represented the 20th Legislative District.

Joseph Cryan
Member of the New Jersey Senate from the 20th District
Assumed office
January 9, 2018
Preceded byRaymond Lesniak
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 20th District
In office
January 8, 2002 – January 1, 2015
Preceded byJoseph Suliga
Succeeded byJamel Holley
Majority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly
In office
January 12, 2010 – January 10, 2012
Preceded byBonnie Watson Coleman
Succeeded byLouis Greenwald
Chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee
In office
February 17, 2006 – January 27, 2010
Preceded byBonnie Watson Coleman
Succeeded byJohn Wisniewski
Personal details
Born (1961-09-01) September 1, 1961 (age 58)
East Orange, New Jersey
Political partyDemocratic
RelationsJohn F. Cryan (father)
John Cryan (cousin)
ResidenceUnion Township, Union County, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma materBelmont Abbey College
OccupationUndersheriff, Union County Sheriff's Office[1]
WebsiteLegislative Website

New Jersey AssemblyEdit

Cryan was the Majority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly, serving from January 12, 2010, until January 10, 2012. Cryan served as the Assembly's Deputy Majority Leader 2006-2010, and was Assistant Majority Leader from 2004 to 2005. He served on the Human Services Committee and the Law and Public Safety Committee.[1]

New Jersey SenateEdit

Cryan ran for New Jersey Senate in 2017, and won. Cryan was sworn in on January 9, 2018.

CommitteesEdit

  • Commerce
  • Law and Public Safety

PersonalEdit

Cryan was born on September 1, 1961, in East Orange and raised Roman Catholic.[2] His father, John F. Cryan, an immigrant from County Roscommon, Ireland, was elected to the General Assembly and served as Sheriff of Essex County.[3]

Other relatives involved in public life are his cousin, Morristown Councilman John Cryan,[4] his sister, Union Township Municipal Clerk Eileen Birch, his cousin, Cranford, New Jersey township administrator Jamie Cryan,[5] his brother-in-law Superior Court judge Joseph Donohue.[citation needed]

Cryan graduated with a B.A. from Belmont Abbey College in Business Administration[1] in 1983.[2] Cryan was born in East Orange, and currently resides in Union Township.[2]

Democratic state chairmanEdit

Cryan has served on the New Jersey State Democratic Committee since 2002, as Vice Chair. On February 17, 2006, Cryan was selected to be the head of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, succeeding Bonnie Watson Coleman. He stepped down after the selection of his successor John S. Wisniewski on January 27, 2010.[6] As Democratic state chairman, in November 2009, Assemblyman Cryan presided over a Democratic gubernatorial party loss by incumbent Jon Corzine to Republican Chris Christie.[7] He was replaced as state chairman in January 2010 by Assemblyman John Wisniewski.

District 20Edit

Each of the forty districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 20th District for the 218th Legislature

Electoral HistoryEdit

New Jersey SenateEdit

New Jersey general election, 2017[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joseph Cryan 25,772 83.7   16.3
Republican Ashraf Hanna 5,023 16.3 N/A
Total votes 30,795 100.0

New Jersey AssemblyEdit

New Jersey general election, 2013[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joseph Cryan (Incumbent) 19,268 36.3   6.1
Democratic Annette Quijano (Incumbent) 18,839 35.5   7.2
Republican Charles Donnelly 7,719 14.5   0.1
Republican Christopher Hackett 7,269 13.7 N/A
Total votes 53,095 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2011[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Annette Quijano (Incumbent) 12,116 42.7
Democratic Joseph Cryan (Incumbent) 12,104 42.7
Republican John F. Donoso 4,128 14.6
Total votes 28,348 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2009[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Joseph Cryan (Incumbent) 20,607 50.7   15.5
Democratic Annette Quijano (Incumbent) 20,054 49.3   12.6
Total votes 40,661 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2007[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Neil Cohen (Incumbent) 10,000 36.7   13.6
Democratic Joseph Cryan (Incumbent) 9,583 35.2   14.5
Clean Up Government Marlene J. Abitanto 3,858 14.2 N/A
Clean Up Government Lester Dominguez 3,810 14.0 N/A
Total votes 27,251 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2005[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Neil Cohen (Incumbent) 23,668 50.3   18.9
Democratic Joseph Cryan (Incumbent) 23,345 49.7   18.4
Total votes 47,013 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2003[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Neil Cohen (Incumbent) 12,035 31.4   9.9
Democratic Joseph Cryan (Incumbent) 12,016 31.3   9.5
Republican A. Tony Monteiro 7,515 19.6 N/A
Republican Aristo Carranza 6,821 17.8 N/A
Total votes 38,387 100.0
New Jersey general election, 2001[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Neil Cohen (Incumbent) 22,457 41.3
Democratic Joseph Cryan 22,162 40.8
Schundler for Governor Dency J. Rivera 4,877 9.0
Schundler for Governor Ralph J. Fabre 4,852 8.9
Total votes 54,348 100.0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Assemblyman Joseph Cryan". Trenton, New Jersey: New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved June 20, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "Assembly Member Joseph P. Cryan's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved August 12, 2007.
  3. ^ "Essex Irish Family Recognized As Civic, Public and Business Leaders". Newark, New Jersey: Essex County, New Jersey. March 15, 2005. Retrieved August 17, 2011. John Cryan, a former Essex County Sheriff and Assemblyman, who was born in County Roscommon, Ireland, passed away last month. He was 75. Cryan immigrated to America and Essex County in the late 1940s... During the Irish Heritage Celebration, Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-Union), a witty storyteller, remembered his dad as a loving father, husband and civic leader.
  4. ^ "Cryan Crime Family Update". NJToday.net. November 3, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2011.
  5. ^ Romano defeats Cryan, takes over as Hoboken Democratic chairman https://observer.com/2015/06/romano-defeats-cryan-takes-over-as-hoboken-democratic-chairman/
  6. ^ Pizarro, Max (January 27, 2010). "Democratic State Committee picks Wisniewski to chair party". PolitickerNJ. Retrieved January 29, 2010.
  7. ^ "Gov. Corzine hurt by scant support in Democratic strongholds". The Star-Ledger. nj.com. November 4, 2009. Retrieved November 21, 2011. Corzine carried Union County — but just barely. Democratic Committee Chairwoman Charlotte DeFilippo said her organization delivered. "I think if you look statewide, we did very well for the governor. We did our job," she said. But the numbers show turnout there was less than memorable. More than 10,000 fewer voters went to the polls in Union County on Tuesday, compared to the 2005 governor's race. Corzine received 77,982 votes in that election and only 64,759 votes on Tuesday."
  8. ^ "2017-official-general-election-results-state-senate.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  9. ^ "2013-official-general-election-results-general-assembly.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  10. ^ "2011-official-gen-elect-gen-assembly-results-121411.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  11. ^ "2009-official-gen-elect-gen-assembly-tallies-120109.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  12. ^ "2007-official-general-election-tallies(ga)-12.12.07.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  13. ^ "05831236.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  14. ^ "2003g_a_candidate_tally.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  15. ^ "2001-general-elect-gen-assembly-tallies.pdf" (PDF). New Jersey Secretary of State. Retrieved 2 April 2019.

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New Jersey Senate
Preceded by
Raymond Lesniak
Member of the New Jersey Senate from the 20th District
January 9, 2018-Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Political offices
New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Joseph Suliga
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 20th District
January 8, 2002-January 1, 2015
Succeeded by
Jamel Holley
Political offices
Preceded by
Bonnie Watson Coleman
Majority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly
January 12, 2010 – January 10, 2012
Succeeded by
Louis Greenwald
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bonnie Watson Coleman
Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee
February 17, 2006 – January 27, 2010
Succeeded by
John S. Wisniewski