Meet Jermaine Robinson for Ward F Council

As a resident, activist, and business owner in the Ward F community, Councilman Jermaine Robinson promises to continue working each and every day to focus on building a stronger and safer neighborhood. With expanded recreation, new parks, increased social services and over 900 police officers for the first time in decades, Councilman Robinson and I are working hard to move Jersey City forward. 

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About Jermaine

Jermaine Robinson, born and raised in Jersey City and has been a proud Ward F resident his entire life.  After graduating from Saint Anthony’s High School as a basketball standout and member of the National Honor Society, he received a scholarship to attend the University of Kansas where he studied Engineering.  However, Jermaine has always demonstrated a passion for serving the residents of Jersey City.

Making the decision to return home, he focused on building businesses as a way to give back to his community.  His “community-centric” vision was employment opportunities for local residents, establishing a safe environment for surrounding neighbors, and becoming a beacon of hope in one of Jersey City’s rapidly changing areas – Ward F. 

Today, Jermaine is the owner of the Real Deal Barbershop which was featured in the hit television series “Barbershop Makeover”. Additionally, he is the owner of the The Light Rail Café, one of the most popular and respected eateries in Jersey City.  Both the Real Deal and Light Rail Café are heavily supported by the Ward F community as well as many residents from throughout Jersey City.  

Determined to turn low income residents into first time home owners, Jermaine is also a licensed New Jersey Realtor. His goal is to preserve the city’s history and build on its future by providing the “American Dream” to as many inner city people as possible.

In 2013, Jermaine ran for the Ward F council seat with then-Mayor Jeremiah Healy.  Although he was unsuccessful as a first-time candidate, his participation in this hotly contested campaign motivated Jermaine to continue to provide leadership by partnering with a plethora of community service initiatives including the Jersey City Police Department’s Operation Safe Surrender, Children with Aids, Angela Cares, and More Than A Race.  All of these initiatives focus on increasing the quality of life for children, adults and senior citizens throughout Jersey City.

Jermaine is the former property manager for the Martin Luther King Hub Plaza, a former Committeeman in Ward F, lifetime member of the NAACP and has received community service awards, too numerous to name.

In 2017, recognizing Jermaine’s commitment to Ward F and Jersey City, current Mayor Steven Fulop and Jersey City Council members appointed Jermaine to the open Ward F council seat vacated by Councilwoman Diane Coleman.

Through the success of his investments, dedication, and hard work, Jermaine has built a reputation based in integrity and trustworthiness. He continues to be a source of inspiration for the development and transition of Jersey City.

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“Our city’s rich history is the perfect foundation to build a prosperous future for the whole community.”

-Councilman Robinson