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on January 22, 2015 at 12:09 PM, updated January 22, 2015 at 12:11 PM
MOUNTAINSIDE — In a much expected move, Union County Democrats on Wednesday tapped Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley to fill the Assembly seat left vacant when longtime Assemblyman Joseph Cryan stepped down to become Union County Sheriff.
“I have big shoes to fill,” Holley said after Democratic Committee members selected him in a meeting the L'Affaire banquet hall in Mountainside.
“I was not supposed to be here. I didn’t have the traditional household that others did," Holley said, telling of how he was born to an unwed young mother.
Holley told of his family receiving public assistance and using public programs that provided financial assistance and loans for his college education. He received a bachelor's degree from New Jersey City University in Jersey City and a master's degree from Kean University in Union. Holley said he will work to strengthen those opportunities for others.