Jerry Fried

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Jerry Fried was the Mayor of Montclair, New Jersey from July 1, 2008 to July 1, 2012.[1][2] Prior to entering politics, he worked in advertising and founded TrueJustice.

Jerry Fried, June 25, 2012


Montclair mayoral race, 2008
Candidate Votes Percentage
Jerry Fried 2,763 40.29%
Joyce Michaelson 2,397 34.96%
Ted Mattox 1,686 24.59%
write-in candidates 11 0.16%
Total 6,857 100.00%

Fried ran for election in 2008 against Ted Mattox and Joyce Michaelson and pledged to quit his day job if he was elected mayor. Fried won the May 13, 2008, election with 40.29% of the vote, by a margin of 429 votes.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Fried has been a resident of Montclair since 1991. He is the founder of Bike Montclair[4] and also organized the Tour De Montclair for 5 years.[5] Fried also worked in the advertising business for 25 years before becoming the mayor of Montclair.[6] Fried is the founder of TrueJustice and a youth adviser/teacher at the Unitarian Congregation in Montclair.[5] His wife, Karen Neilsen-Fried, is an artist and co-curator for Studio Montclair, a local artists' collaborative.


  1. ^ "Meet the Montclair Locals: Mayor Jerry Fried". NBC New York. 2010. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ Wirt, George (April 20, 2010). "Fried shakes up Montclair Board of Education". Montclair Times. Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ Batson, Annette (May 13, 2008). "Montclair's New Mayor: Jerry Fried, Unity Running Mates Fill Most of the Slate Slots". Archived from the original on October 11, 2008. Retrieved April 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ Meagher, Thomas (May 8, 2009). "Montclair receives over $300K in federal grants for safe school routes". The Star-Ledger. New Jersey. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Mayor Jerry Fried". Montclair, New Jersey. Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. 
  6. ^ "Jerry Fried". Unity Montclair. 
Preceded by
Ed Remson
Mayor of Montclair, New Jersey
Succeeded by
Robert D. Jackson