Union – To celebrate the 350th anniversary of New Jersey’s founding as a British colony, a representative of old Jersey – the Isle of Jersey, in the English Channel – paid a visit to Kean University’s sparkling new Green Lane Academic Building to discuss greater ties between the two Jerseys.
Simon Crowcroft, the constable (or mayor) of the capital city of the Isle of Jersey, St. Helier, met with officials from the city of Elizabeth, the New Jersey Historical Commission, and the Kean Center for History, Politics, and Policy on June 24 on the sixth floor of the University’s Green Lane Building. The constable exchanged gifts with Elizabeth Council-member Frank Cuesta, who was representing Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage.
“We were honored to have the constable as our guest,” said Dr. Dawood Farahi, president of Kean University. “He knows that as the representative of our state’s namesake, he is always welcome in New Jersey and at Kean University.”
The setting for the ceremony was spectacular: The constable, his guests and his hosts marveled at the views from the Green Lane Building’s new conference room, with its signature round table. The skyline of Manhattan provided a world-class backdrop for the occasion. “Can I take this room home with me?” the constable joked.
The constable and the council-member expressed the hope that this event would be the first of many between the city of Elizabeth and the Isle of Jersey.
The June 24 event was the first in a series of round-table discussions under development by the Kean Center for History, Politics, and Policy. On July 21, the University will host a discussion about the issues facing retirees in New Jersey. The event will feature policy experts, advocates, academics, and public officials. It will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Green Lane Academic Building.
Shane Derris is the Assistant Director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics and Policy.