Surrogate Moran was born in Winfield on December 23, 1946. He attended school there, and was graduated from Rahway High School in 1965. He studied English and Social Studies at Alma White College, where he received his degree in 1970. He did graduate study in school administration and supervision at Newark State (now Kean College), where he received his M.A. Surrogate Moran served in the Coast Guard, from which he was honorably discharged in 1967.
Surrogate Moran is a retired Assistant Superintendent of the Toms River Schools. He began his career in education as a teacher, supervisor, and assistant principal. Surrogate Moran has served Beachwood as a Councilman and a member of both the municipal planning board and sewage authority. He is past member of the Ocean County Utilities Authority and a trustee of the New Lisbon Developmental Center and a Selective Service Board Member. He has been active in the Beachwood Civic Improvement and Taxpayer’s Association and local Republican organization. He is a member of both the Ocean County and State School Principal’s Association.
Surrogate Moran was the ranking Senior Member of the Assembly Regulated Professions and Independent Authorities Committee and a member of the Assembly Task Force on Waterway safety. Mr. Moran was elected to the Assembly in 1985 and re-elected in 1987,1989,1991, 1993, 1995,1997,1999 and 2001. He was selected 1987 “Legislator of the Year” by the N. J. Association of Master Barbers/Stylists and Beauticians; was named Co-Honoree of the “1987 Humanitarian Award” by the Associated Humane Societies; was the recipient of the 1989 Ocean County Goodfellow Award; received the 1989 Distinguished Graduate Alumnus Award from Kean College; received the 1992 “Legislative Leadership Award” of the Northern New Jersey Chiropractic Society; received the Council of New Jersey Chiropractors 1992 “B.J. Palmer Stand Up for Freedom Award”; received the 1993 “Distinguished Public Service Award” of the New Jersey Burglar and Fire Alarm Association; received the 1993 Selective Service System “Certificate of Appreciation”; was the 1994 Shore Builders Association’s “Legislator of the Year”; received the 1996 Public Service Award from the Ladies Auxiliary of the Retired Police and Firemen’s Association of Ocean County Local No. 8 and was named an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Retired Police and Firemen’s Association of Ocean County Local No. 8; was named the 1997 “Legislator of the Year” by the N.J. Chiropractic Society, was named the 1999 “Legislator of the Year” from the N.J. Weights & Measures Association, was named 2000 “Legislator of the Year” by VFW Post 6063, received the 2000 Distinguished Service Award from the State VFW Commander, received the Family Friendly Legislator Award for 2000 from American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy of New Jersey, received the Garden State Legislative Award for 2001 from the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers, received the Legislative Achievement Award for 2001 from the State Retired Police and Firemen’s Association, and was named the 2001 “Legislator of the Year” by the Academy of Ophthalmology Board of Directors.
On June 17, 2003, Governor James E. McGreevey appointed Jeffery W. Moran, Surrogate of Ocean County to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his predecessor Franklin V. Fischer.
On November 4, 2003, Jeffrey W. Moran was elected to the Office of Surrogate and re-elected in 2008 and 2013.
Surrogate Moran and the former Patricia Kennedy were married in 1969. They have two daughters, Colleen and Tricia, and two granddaughters, Abigail and Brynn.