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Essex Democrats Elect Jones as Chairman

Essex Democrats Elect Jones as Chairman

November 16, 2013
CONTACT: Roslyn Smith


West Orange, N.J. – Today, members of the Essex County Democratic Committee congregated at West Orange High School to fill the vacancy of chairman that resulted from the passing of longtime leader and statesman Philip Thigpen, Sr.

Leroy Jones, Jr., East Orange Democratic Chairman, was elected to fill Mr. Thigpen’s unexpired term. “I am humbled because Phil Thigpen was my mentor, surely with the support of our district leaders and all of our elected officials here today, we will honor his legacy by continuing the good work that has made our democratic organization strong.”

Prior to the call for nominations, a tribute in honor of the late Philip Thigpen, Sr. was presented by New Jersey Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-34) and Rick Thigpen.

NJ State Democratic Party Chairman, John Currie gave remarks, “Today as we honor the legacy of Philip Thigpen, I have confidence that Leroy Jones will carry the baton and help shape the next generation of leaders from this region”. US Representative Donald M. Payne, Jr. also gave remarks as well as other elected officials, including US Senator Cory Booker, State Senator M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29), State Senator Ronald Rice (D-28), Assemblyman Thomas Giblin (D-34), Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Freeholder Brendan Gill, and East Orange Mayor-Elect Lester Taylor. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop also gave remarks, “Although I am an elected official in Hudson County, I have strong roots in Essex County and know that the continued strength of the Essex County Democratic Committee under the leadership of Leroy Jones means that the Democratic Party as a whole in our area will be strong.”

Following the election, Chairman Jones stood alongside his family and received congratulations from  district leaders as well as elected officials including, State Senator Nia Gill (D-34), Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-27), Assemblyman Ralph Caputo (D-28), Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker (D-28), Assemblywoman Grace Spencer (D-29), Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D-29), Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, Essex County Clerk Christopher Durkin, Essex County Surrogate Theodore Stephens, Essex County Freeholder President Blonnie Watson, Freeholder Pat Sebold, Freeholder Gerald Owens, Freeholder Rufus Johnson, Freeholder Leonard Luciano, Freeholder Rolando Bobadilla, Freeholder Bilal Beasley, and Freeholder Carol Clark.


LeRoy Jones joined 1868 Public Affairs after a distinguished career as a State Legislator, County Freeholder and municipal government administrator. He served four terms in the New Jersey General Assembly – including two years as Deputy Minority Leader – where he worked on the Appropriations, Regulatory Oversight, Solid Waste and Recycling, Financial Institutions and Local Government committees, as well as the Assembly Task Force on Foreign Banking and Task Force on Business Retention and Expansion. He also served on the State House Commission.

As a two-term Essex County Freeholder, Mr. Jones served as Chairman of the Budget Committee, on the Minority Affairs Committee and on the Essex County Planning Board.

He served as the City Administrator of East Orange for seven years where he was responsible for developing the city’s $100 million operating budget, served as the chief liaison between the Mayor and Council and managed the city’s ten department heads.

He also served in various positions at PSE&G in his professional career, including Business Development Manager, Director of Workforce Diversity and Public Affairs Manager. Prior to that he worked for AT&T Corp. as a Senior Accounting Specialist, Assistant Manager for Corporate Taxes and Internal Auditor.

Mr. Jones is an experienced local, county and state-level public servant and a distinguished corporate executive. His record of developing and implementing strategic and operational corporate plans gives him unique insight into the day-to-day issues facing our corporate clients. His experience as a Freeholder and Assemblyman give him an unparalleled ability to represent the interests of our clients at all levels of government.

Mr. Jones was appointed by Assembly Speaker Shelia Oliver as a Commissioner of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority in 2012.

He is currently the East Orange Democratic Municipal Committee Chairman, a position to which he was elected in 2002 and has been re-elected to four times. Mr. Jones served as the Essex County Campaign Director for Governor Jon Corzine’s 2009 re-election campaign, where he helped lead Governor Corzine to one the largest Democratic voter pluralities in the history of New Jersey. He also served as Co-Campaign Chairman for Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, won re-election to an unprecedented third term in November of 2010.

Mr. Jones is a Trustee of the Essex County Democratic Committee, a post to which he was appointed by Essex County Democratic Chairman Philip Thigpen in 2002. He also an Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall University, where he has taught Public Policy for the last six years. He has appeared on numerous public opinion television and radio talk shows and is a frequent expert contributor on Fox Network/ My 9 “New Jersey Now”.

He is a past member of the American Red Cross Board of Directors, the North Atlantic Aviation Board, the East Orange Charter School Board of Directors, the East Orange General Hospital Board of Trustees, the Inroads of New Jersey Board of Directors, the Junior Achievement of New Jersey Board, and the Essex-West Hudson Labor Council.

A resident of East Orange, Mr. Jones holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management from the New
Jersey Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Seton Hall University.


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