Jason O'Donnell

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Jason O'Donnell
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly from the 31st Legislative District
In office
September 13, 2010 – January 12, 2016
Preceded byAnthony Chiappone
Succeeded byNicholas Chiaravalloti
Angela V. McKnight
Personal details
Born (1971-10-13) October 13, 1971 (age 48)
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceBayonne, New Jersey
Alma materB.S. New Jersey City University (Fire Science)
OccupationDirector of Public Safety, City of Bayonne

Jason O'Donnell (born October 13, 1971) is an American Democratic Party politician who serves in the New Jersey General Assembly, where he has represented the 31st Legislative District since September 13, 2010. O'Donnell is the Director of Public Safety for the City of Bayonne where he also serves as the municipal Democratic Committee Chairman.[1] O'Donnell is on leave from his full-time position as a captain in the Bayonne Fire Department.[1]

O'Donnell was chosen by the Hudson County Democratic Committee to succeed Anthony Chiappone, who resigned after pleading guilty to the misuse of campaign funds.[2] O'Donnell won a 2010 special election to complete the remainder of Chiappone's term and was subsequently re-elected to two-year terms in 2011 and 2013.[2] In March 2015, O'Donnell announced he would not seek re-election to a third full term in 2015.[3]

In the Assembly, O'Donnell served on the Financial Institutions and Insurance, the Housing and Community Development, and the Labor Assembly committees.[4] In New Jersey, the Democratic nominee for the gubernatorial election typically gets to select the next chair of the State Democratic Committee. In 2013, Democratic nominee Barbara Buono indicated support for O'Donnell to become the next chair, however through backroom discussions, Passaic County Democratic chair John Currie was selected.[3]

On December 19, 2019, O’Donnell, a Democrat, and also a retired Bayonne firefighter receiving $67,976.88 in annual pension, was charged with bribery in a corruption investigation, due to accepting a paper bag filled with $10,000 in cash at his campaign headquarters during his unsuccessful run for mayor of Bayonne.

O'Donnell is married to wife Kerry and has two sons and one daughter. They live in Bayonne. He is a graduate of New Jersey City University majoring in fire safety.[5]


  1. ^ a b Hester, Sr., Tom. "Bayonne Democratic chief Jason O'Donnell named to Assembly seat". newjerseynewsroom.com. Archived from the original on March 11, 2012. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "O'Donnell and Schillari win big in Assembly and Sheriff races". Hudson Reporter. November 3, 2010. Retrieved February 15, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Bonamo, Mark (March 25, 2015). "O'Donnell opts out of LD 31 reelection bid". Politicker NJ. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  4. ^ "Jason O'Donnell (D)". New Jersey Legislature. Archived from the original on December 23, 2015. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  5. ^ "Assemblyman Jason O'Donnell Bio Page". NJ Assembly Majority Office. Retrieved September 5, 2015.

External links[edit]

  • New Jersey Legislature financial disclosure forms
New Jersey General Assembly
Preceded by
Anthony Chiappone
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 31st District
September 13, 2010 – January 12, 2016
With: Charles Mainor
Succeeded by
Nicholas Chiaravalloti
Angela V. McKnight