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The Races:

District 20
State Senate
- Linda Gagliano (R)
- Ray Lesniak (D)
General Assembly
- Neil Cohen (D)
- Joseph Cryan (D)
District 21
State Senate
- Tom Kean Jr. (R)
- Gina Genovese (D)
General Assembly
- Jon Bramnick (R)
- Eric Munoz (R)
- Norman Albert (D)
- Bruce Bergen (D)
- Ryan Reyes (G)
- George DeCarlo (G)
District 22
State Senate
- Rose McConnell (R)
- Nicholas Scutari (D)
General Assembly
- Bryan DesRochers (R)
- Robert Gatto (R)
- Jerry Green (D)
- Linda Stender (D)
County Freeholders
- Patricia Quattrocchi (R)
- John Russitano Jr. (R)
- Robert Reilly (R)
- Daniel Sullivan (D)
- Bette Jane Kowalski (D)
- Rayland Van Blake (D)
- Adrian Mapp
- Becky McHugh
- George O'Grady
County Sheriff
- Peter Lijoii (R)
- Ralph Froehlich (D)
- Charles Mitchell Sr.
Westfield Council
First Ward
- Frank Arena (R)
- Ross Katz (D)
Second Ward
- Jo Ann Neylan (R)
- Bruce Regenstreich (D)
Third Ward
- Mark Ciarrocca (R)
- Matt Sontz (D)
Fourth Ward
- James Foerst (R)
- Lenore Scurry (D)
Fanwood Mayor
- Colleen Mahr (D)
Fanwood Council
- Anthony Parenti (R)
- Joel Stroz (R)
- Katherine Mitchell (D)
- William Populus (D)
Garwood Council
- Anthony Sytko (R)
- Dennis Clark (R)
- Charles Lombardo (D)
- Stephen Napolitano (D)
Mountainside Mayor
- Robert Viglianti (R)
Mountainside Council
- Glenn Mortimer (R)
- Jeffrey Wass (R)
goleader.com Election Coverage 2007 
District 20: General Assembly
Joe Cryan
Party Affiliation: Democrat

Contact Info
Website: www.njcommunityfirst.com
E-mail: njcommunityfirst@gmail.com

Candidate Information

Professional Background: Mr. Cryan relocated back to New Jersey and began a business career with ITT Avionics in Clifton. Starting at an entry-level position, he moved up the corporate ladder, and when he left in 1993 he was operations manager, with more than 100 people in his charge and a program budget in excess of $300 million. In 1993, Mr. Cryan joined his family’s business by owning and operating Cryan’s Restaurant in Metuchen. In 2003, he left the restaurant business to serve as undersheriff in Union County, a position he still holds today.

Education: Born in 1961, Mr. Cryan grew up in the Vailsburg section of Newark, where he attended Sacred Heart Grammar School and the Seton Hall Preparatory High School of South Orange. He graduated summa cum laude from Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic college located in Belmont, North Carolina, with a B.A. in Business Administration in 1983.

Family Life: Mr. Cryan is the son of the late John Cryan, a native of County Roscommon, Ireland, and Mary Cryan, whose parents both immigrated to the United States from County Donegal, Ireland. He resides in Union with his two children, John and Megan.

Government Experience: In 1996, Mr. Cryan was elected the Township of Union’s Democratic municipal chairman. Today, all elected township committee officials are Democratic. Mr. Cryan is in his third term in the New Jersey State Assembly, where as deputy majority leader he serves as chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee, vice chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee and a member of the Assembly Budget Committee. In February 2006, he was elected chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee after serving as its vice chairman since 2002.

Clubs and Organizations: The Cryan family has been long involved in Irish activities, both in organizations and in their businesses. Mr. Cryan is the standard bearer of the John F. Cryan Association; he is also a co-founder and first president of the Irish-American Society of Union. He is a vice-president of the Brian Boru Association, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 4504 and other organizations.

Mr. Cryan has received awards from various civic organizations, including the Irishman of the Year award from the Rahway Division of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians Division 3 and the Dedicated Service Award to the Irish Community from the Union County Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick. Most recently, he has been named "Legislator of the Year" by both the ARC of New Jersey and the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association. He has also received praise for his leadership and public service from the Families and Community Together program and the New Jersey Law Enforcement Officers Association.

In 1997, Mr. Cryan served as the first chairman of the Union County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, now an annual event that draws as many as 50,000 spectators. He remains an active member of the Union Parade Committee. Mr. Cryan was also selected as grand marshal for the 2001 Woodbridge Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.

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Last Updated: Friday, October 19, 2007
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