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Matthew Ahearn is an American politician, who served in the New Jersey General Assembly, where he represented the 38th legislative district from 2002 to 2004. Ahearn represented a district which covers an area between the Passaic and Hudson Rivers in suburban Bergen County. Ahearn was elected to the Assembly as a Democrat in 2002, but switched his registration to the Green Party in January 2003, while in office after a much-publicized feud with Bergen County Democratic Organization chief Joe Ferriero.[1][2] Ahearn ran as the Green Party candidate in 2003 and lost to Robert M. Gordon, the Democratic candidate for office.[3]

Ahearn served in the Assembly on the Military & Veterans' Affairs Committee (as Vice Chair) and the Regulated Professions & Independent Authorities Committee.[4]

Ahearn served as the Deputy Mayor of Fair Lawn from 1998-2000 and on the Fair Lawn Planning Board during that same period.[4]

He served in the United States Army from 1981-1985, and in the United States Army Reserves/National Guard from 1985-1992, attaining the rank of Captain.[4]

Ahearn graduated with a B.A. from Rutgers University in Political Science and a J.D. from the Hofstra University School of Law.[4]


  1. ^ GREEN ASSEMBLYMAN MATT AHEARN VOWS FIGHT FOR CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM, The Green Party of New Jersey press release dated January 26, 2003, updated March 28, 2003. Accessed July 27, 2007. "State Assemblyman Matthew Ahearn (G - Fair Lawn), who left the Democrats for the Green Party last week, vowed today to battle for campaign finance reform, a key Green issue, when he returns to the legislature."
  2. ^ Harrington, Sharon D. "Pay to play remains alive, well in New Jersey on county level", The Record (Bergen County), September 25, 2004. Accessed March 27, 2008.
  3. ^ Kornacki, Steve. In huge win for McGreevey, Democrats win control of Senate, gain six Assembly seats, National Organization for Women New Jersey, November 5, 2003. Accessed July 27, 2007. "former Fair Lawn Mayor Robert Gordon and Fort Lee Councilwoman Joan Voss won the 38th districts seats of Heck and Green Party Assemblyman Matt Ahearn."
  4. ^ a b c d Assemblyman Ahearn's Government Website, New Jersey Legislature, from the Internet Archive, archived October 13, 2003. Accessed July 27, 2007.

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