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04-24-2010, 12:08 AM
May 4th Meeting, Free Pizza and Subs, come meet a legend: Jack Collins
Come out at 6:30PM and share some pizza, subs and fellowship with us.

Meet our special guest Jack Collins and some of your neighbors.

John "Jack" Collins (born 1943, Atlantic City, New Jersey) has been an American college basketball coach, educator, lawyer, and a Republican Party politician from New Jersey. He was Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1996 until 2002, making him the longest serving speaker in Assembly history.

Whether you are a "newcomer" or an "old timer" please join us.

Our Republican club meets the first Tuesday most months.

Tuesday May 4, 2010 6:30PM for food, 7PM for meeting.

Servicemen Home (across from newer senior building)

35 S. DuPont Rd. Carneys Point NJ 08069.

Jack Collins (politician) Collins was born in Atlantic City and moved to Gloucester City, New Jersey at a young age. He attended Gloucester Catholic High School, where he excelled at basketball. He went on to Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), receiving a B.A. degree in science education in 1964 and a masterís degree in student personnel services in 1967. As a star on the Glassboro Profs basketball team, Collins scored 1,038 points in his career, earning him a place in the South Jersey Basketball Hall of Fame.[2]

After graduation he taught science and coached basketball at Sterling High School. The following year he was invited to become basketball coach at the newly established Camden County College. A year later he became head coach at Glassboro State, and at 26 was one of the youngest head basketball coaches in the country. As coach he racked up 131 victories and three consecutive conference titles. At Glassboro State he also served in the Admissions Office and worked as executive assistant to college president Herman James.[3]

After retiring from his coaching career, Collins studied law at Rutgers School of Law - Camden, receiving his Juris Doctor degree in 1982. After a term on his local school board, the chairman of the Salem County Republican party asked him to run for the New Jersey General Assembly. He was elected to the Assembly in 1985, representing the 3rd Legislative District.[3]

When Republicans lost control of the Assembly in 1989, Collins was chosen by minority leader Chuck Haytaian to be his deputy. He became majority leader two years later when Republicans regained control of the Assembly and Haytaian was elected Speaker. In 1996, after Haytaian decided not to run for reelection following his unsuccessful 1994 campaign against Senator Frank Lautenberg, Collins succeeded Haytaian as speaker.[4]

For six years he served as Assembly speaker with Donald DiFrancesco serving as New Jersey Senate President. Collins explored a campaign for Governor of New Jersey in the 2001 Republican primary against DiFrancesco (then Acting Governor) but ultimately decided against running. DiFrancesco would be forced to withdraw from the primary after questions about his business dealings.[5]

Collins retired from the General Assembly in January 2002 after serving sixteen years. He joined the Princeton Public Affairs Group, a prominent lobbying firm, as senior counsel.[6]

Collins and his wife Betsy have resided on a 3-acre (12,000 m2) farm in Pittsgrove Township since 1974.[4] He has four children, Joellen, Dawn, Rebecca and Sean and eight grandchildren, Jose "Jody", Daniel, Collin, Thomas, Jackson, Quinn, Caileigh and Jacob.

Biography from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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