Joseph Cryan

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Joseph Cryan
Member of the New Jersey Senate
from the 20th district
Assumed office
January 9, 2018
Preceded by Raymond Lesniak
Member of the New Jersey General Assembly
from the 20th district
In office
January 8, 2002 – January 1, 2015
Preceded by Joseph Suliga
Succeeded by Jamel Holley
Personal details
Born (1961-09-01) September 1, 1961 (age 56)
East Orange, New Jersey
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Relations John F. Cryan (father)
John Cryan (cousin)
Residence Union Township, Union County, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma mater Belmont Abbey College
Occupation Undersheriff, Union County Sheriff’s Office[1]

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. He 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]

Cryan has served on the New Jersey State Democratic Committee since 2002, as Vice Chair. On February 17, 2006, Mr. 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.[3]

In 1996, Cryan was elected as the Township of Union's Democratic Municipal Chairman.


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.[4]

Other relatives involved in public life are his cousin, Morristown Councilman John Cryan,[5] his sister, Union Township Municipal Clerk Eileen Birch, and 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]

The New York Post reported that Cryan "graphically spelled out his kinky proclivities in more than 150 e-mails that he sent to" a former lobbyist for Prudential Financial who pleaded guilty to stalking his girlfriend in exchange for being allowed to participate in a pre-trial intervention program.[6] "The e-mails were written when the pol presumably would have been at one of his government jobs — either his $49,000-a-year Assembly gig or his $111,000-a-year post as Union County undersheriff," the Post said.

Democratic state chairman[edit]

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 20[edit]

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 2010-2011 Legislative Session are:


  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. ^ Pizarro, Max (January 27, 2010). "Democratic State Committee picks Wisniewski to chair party". PolitickerNJ. Retrieved January 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ "Cryan Crime Family Update". November 3, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2011. 
  6. ^ JOSH MARGOLIN and JEANE MACINTOSH (March 25, 2013). "Bondage pol was hard-ly working". The New York Post. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Gov. Corzine hurt by scant support in Democratic strongholds". The Star-Ledger. 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." 

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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