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Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) spent almost ten years in the Navy flying helicopter missions across the Middle East and Europe. (Photo: Mikie Sherrill.)

Veterans: 12 New Jersey legislators who served

By Ben Kestenbaum, May 31 2021 12:00 am

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).

Rep. Mikie Sherrill, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. (Photo: Mikie Sherrill.)

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.

Six members of the New Jersey State Senate have served in the military:

State Sen. Chris Brown. (Photo: New Jersey Senate Republicans.)

 

* Chris Brown (R-Ventnor) served in Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom.  His military career spanned two decades, and he retired at the rank of Major.

* Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D-Barrington) served in the U.S. Army from 1981 to 1987, leaving at the rank of Sergeant.

* Michael Doherty (R-Oxford) is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served in the U.S. Army from 1985 to 1989 and in the reserves until 1993.  He left at the rank of Captain.

* Ronald Rice (D-Newark) served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, from 1966 to 1970, leaving at the rank of Sergeant.

* Samuel Thompson (R-Old Bridge) served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957, leaving at the rank of Specialist Third Class.

* Senator Robert Singer (R-Lakewood) served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve from 1966 to 1972.

Four members of the New Jersey General Assembly have served in the military:

* John Armato (D-Buena Vista) served in the U.S. Air Force from 1967 to 1971, leaving at the rank of Sergeant.

Assemblyman Brian Bergen, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. (Photo: Facebook.)

* 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.

 

Assemblyman Ryan Peters, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. (Photo: Facebook.)

* 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.

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