Twelve members of the combined New Jersey congressional delegation, State Senate, and State Assembly have served in the military, which spans from the Vietnam War, to the Iraq War. Members have served in the Navy, Army, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
Two Members of Congress from New Jersey are veterans: Reps. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Paterson).
Sherrill served in the United States Navy from 1994 until 2003, leaving at the rank of Lieutenant. She is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.
Pascrell served in the U.S. Army and the Army Reserve.
* Assemblyman Brian Bergen (R-Denville), who won election to the Assembly last week, served in the U.S. Army and is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Bergen is a combat veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
* Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood) served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1990 to 2000 during the Gulf War. He was part of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Joint Endeavor and left at the rank of Major
* Raj Mukherji (D-Jersey City) joined the U.S. Marines at age seventeen, two weeks after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He served in the Marine Reserve and left at the rank of Sergeant.
* Ryan Peters (R-Hainesport) joined the U.S. Navy in 2004 and continues to serve as a reservist. He is a Navy SEAL and currently holds the rank of Commander. Peters is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.