December 9, 2010 - First Lady Mary Pat Christie Names John W. King of the Center for Educational Advancement a New Jersey Hero Encourages New Jerseyans to Nominate their Local Heroes at

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Kevin Roberts
Date: Thursday, December 9, 2010 609-777-2600 Bookmark and Share
Trenton, NJ – First Lady Mary Pat Christie named John W. King of the Center for Educational Advancement in Flemington, a New Jersey Hero during a ceremony held at Drumthwacket. New Jersey Heroes is an initiative that showcases the positive ways people and organizations are impacting New Jersey big and small. Mrs. Christie announced that each month a New Jersey Hero will be designated from nominations submitted through her official website,

“I’ve been inspired and moved by so many outstanding individuals in the Garden State who are truly making a difference in their own way,” said Mrs. Christie. “I applaud John’s work in helping people with special needs become self-sufficient and independent citizens through education and employment opportunities. His commitment is transforming lives throughout the community.”

Since 1970, the Center for Educational Advancement has been meeting its mission to educate, empower, and employ individuals with special needs. More than 4,000 people with physical and developmental disabilities have achieved a measure of personal & financial independence training.

John W. King was introduced to the Center in 2007. Since that time, he has made it his personal campaign to raise awareness of this not-for-profit organization and its value to the community, both as an individual and through “31 Views Marketing,” a direct marketing services company of which he is the CEO.

“If you know someone like John King who has made an impact on your life or on the lives of others, we want to hear about it,” added Mrs. Christie.

The state’s first five New Jersey Heroes were selected in January 2010 during Governor Christie’s inaugural. They are Caroline B.T. Wallace of International Youth Organization in Newark; David Girgenti of Wish-Upon-A-Hero in Cherry Hill; Tammy Evans-Colquitt of Image and Attitude in Pennsauken; Jim Benedict of St. Peter’s Church Lunch Kitchen in Freehold and Chip Paillex of Grow-A-Row in Franklin.

To nominate a hero, go to the bottom of the page of the First Lady’s website at and click the NJ Heroes tab. Follow the application instructions and submit the person you believe is a true New Jersey Hero.