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Former Roselle mayor sworn in as N.J. assemblyman


Assemblyman Jamel Holley (left) being sworn in by Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (right) (Matt Friedman/NJ Advance Media)

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Jamel Holley, the youngest mayor ever elected in Roselle, has left that job to become a member of the state Assembly.

Holley, a 35-year-old Democrat, was sworn in as the Assembly's newest member today, replacing longtime Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-Union) in the 22nd District.

Cryan is now the Union County sheriff.

"It wasn't supposed to happen to me," Holley said shortly after being sworn in. "They said the child born to a teenage unwed mom was less likely to graduate high school. Mom, thank you."

Holley, who became mayor in 2012, was selected by 20th District Democratic committee members to fill out the remainder of Cryan's term. Holley will face election in November.

Holley said he's the first African-American to represent the district.

One of Holley's two brothers, Jesse, is a former wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys.

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