The newest elected official in Trenton is Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell (D-Bayonne), the Hudson County politician famous for turning down bribes from FBI cooperating witness Solomon Dwek.
“I’m overwhelmed by the support,” O’Donnell told PolitickerNJ following his swearing in front of 72 members of the General Assembly.
He thanked Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange) – “(She’s) been tremendous” – and Majority Leader Joe Cryan (D-Union Twp.) for getting him acclimated.
Priority number one is job creation, said O’Donnell, who represents the 31st District.
O’Donnell is the public safety officer in Bayonne, and several Bayonne and Hudson County officials were present in chambers today, including Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith, fellow city directors Steve Gallo and Joe Waks, State Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-Jersey City), and Bill Gaughan, Jersey City councilman and chief of staff to Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise.
“Welcome to the people’s house,” said Cryan, during the event. “I know you’re a man of the people.”
In these “challenging and perilous times,” O’Donnell told the congregation, “The people I represent are troubled and tired and cynical of government in general.”