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Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop (2013 - Present)
Cynthia Jackson, Jersey City Municipal Judge (1998-present)
Viola Richardson, former Jersey City Councilwoman at Large (2001-2013)
William Braker, former Jersey City NAACP President (2012-2016)
William O’Dea, Hudson County Freeholder, District 2 (1997-present)
Charles Mainor, former New Jersey Assemblyman, 31st LD (2010-2016)
Sandra B. Cunningham, New Jersey State Senator, 31st LD (2007-present)
Chris Christie, New Jersey Governor (2010-present)
Cissy Houston, gospel singer & mother of international pop singer, Whitney Houston
R.L. Stine, children’s book author (Goosebumps series)
Samantha Womack, actress, EastEnders (“Ronnie Mitchell,” 2007-2011, 2013-2017); BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? (2012) – partially filmed at Jersey City Free Public Library
Bern Nadette Stanis, actress, Good Times (“Thelma Evans-Anderson,” 1974-1979)
1st Lt. Calvin J. Spann, Original Tuskegee Airman, New Jersey native
Rosie O’Donnell, comedienne, actress & TV talk show host
Ashleigh Udalovas, Miss New Jersey 2010
Wendy Williams, TV & radio personality, New Jersey native
Cory Booker, United States Senator (2013-present), former Newark Mayor (2006-2013)
Barack Obama, former United States President (2009-2017)
NJ State Senator Bernard Kenny (33rd LD) (1993 - 2008)
Jon Corzine, former New Jersey Governor (2006-2010), former United States Senator (2001-2006)
Bill Clinton, former United States President (1993-2001)
Jerramiah T. Healy, former Jersey City Mayor (2004-2013)
Glenn D. Cunningham, former Jersey City Mayor (2001-2004) (died in office, 5/25/04)
Sharpe James, former Newark Mayor (1986 - 2006), former New Jersey State Senator, 29th LD (1999-2008)
Jeffrey Dublin, former Hudson County Freeholder, District 3 (2004-2014)
Pamela Gardner, former Hudson County Register (2011-2016)
John Amos, actor, Good Times (“James Evans,” 1974-1976), New Jersey native
Ralph Carter, actor, Good Times (“Michael Evans,” 1974-1979)
Tim Murphy, author, Christodora (2016)
Tim Lawrence, author, Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor, 1980-1983 (2016)
Ras Baraka, Newark Mayor (2014-present)
Tracy Chevalier, author of Girl with a Pearl Earring and the latest contribution to the Hogarth Press Shakespeare Project, New Boy, a novel inspired by Othello that moves the story to a 1970’s playground in the Washington, D.C. suburbs.
Janet Mock is a writer, TV host and advocate whose memoir, Redefining Realness, broke ground as the first biography written from the perspective of a trans girl. It debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list in 2014. Her second book, Surpassing Certainty, a memoir about her twenties, was released on June 13th, 2017.
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