Representing a community as diverse and distinctive as New Jersey's 1st Legislative District requires dedication, drive, attention to detail and integrity. A committed, conservative family man with a strong work ethic and personal integrity, Gerard "Jerry" McManus brings those qualifications to the race to represent South Jersey in Washington.
A lifetime resident of Southern New Jersey, Jerry was born at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden in 1967. His early years were spent in Lindenwold where his father served as a councilman and worked as general manager for a vending company. When Jerry was three, the family relocated to nearby Stratford.
Despite a loving and involved family, Jerry’s early life was not free from adversity. When he was ten, his father passed away, leaving his former stay-at-home immigrant mother to be the sole breadwinner for the family. In an effort to provide for the needs of her family, she went to work for the same vending company that employed his father.
With no safety net to rely upon, Jerry knew he would have to work hard to make it on his own and help his mother make ends meet. He starting working as soon as he was able, taking janitorial jobs at Pope Paul IV High School and Our Lady of Lourdes while juggling the rigors of being a student.
His hard work paid off, and in 1985, Jerry graduated from Pope Paul VI High School. After graduation, he enrolled in Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
After college, Jerry followed in his parents’ footsteps and entered the vending business, starting in sales. His sales experience taught Jerry the value of listening to clients to learn and meeting their needs, and building positive, mutually beneficial relationships with a variety of people. In 1996, just five years after starting in the vending business, Jerry knew the time was right to start his own vending company and he founded Appreciated Vending.
"When you have to make it happen, you do it all. I became the chief cook and bottle-washer," jokes Jerry when asked to describe his role during the early years at Appreciated Vending, a company he grew with hard work and a focus on strong customer service and solid operations.
In September 2002, he sold his interest in Appreciated Vending to his partner to focus on raising his family. Ever motivated to push himself to succeed and provide a quality life for his young family, Jerry embarked into real estate world, where he continues to work with people from all walks of life, helping them secure the dream of homeownership.
Jerry currently resides in Winslow Township with his wife Jen and their two daughters and three sons. They are active members of Victory Bible Church in Hammonton.