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firm executive , public relations , senator

James R. Hurley, American advertising and public relations firm executive, state senator. Named one of 10 Top Legislators of Year, 1981; recipient Distinguished Service award, Millville Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1962, Distinguished State Legislator award, Committee Responsible Legislator, 1981, Good Service Tourism award, New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean, 1984, Human Services award, 1987.


Hurley, James R. was born on January 29, 1932 in Seaford, Delaware, United States. Son of Victor Elzey and Annabel (Jarman) Hurley.


Associate of Arts, Wesley College, 1953. Bachelor in Communications, University North Carolina, 1955.


News director Station WMVB, Millville, New Jersey, 1961—1963. Vice president, assistant vice president & director, public relations Millville National Bank, 1963—1971. Member New Jersey General Assembly, 1968—1981, New Jersey Senate, since 1982, minority whip, 1982—1983, assistant minority leader, 1984—1986, minority leader, since 1987, member, transportation committee, member, independent authorities committee.

Member, appropriations committee, 1968—1971. Representative assembly leader, 1977—1981. Principal J.R. Hurley Associates Advertising and Public Relations, Millville, since 1971.

With United States Army, 1955-1957.


Executive director Millville United Way, 1962. Board directors Young Men’s Christian Association, Millville, 1966—1969. Delegate General Assembly Presbyterian Church United States of America, 1975.

Co-founder S. Jersey Tourism Council, Millville, 1978. Member of Kiwanis Lodge (president 1963-1964).


  • Other Interests

    Sailing, gardening.


Married Walda Reed, August 18, 1956. Children: Leslie, Jamie, Kerri Anna.

Victor Elzey Hurley

Annabel (Jarman) Hurley

Walda Reed

Leslie Hurley

Jamie Hurley

Kerri Anna Hurley