Ruiz Statement Mourning Death Of Newark Police Officer

Senator Teresa Ruiz, D-Essex and Union, listens to testimony at the Senate Budget Committee meeting on Governor Corzine's toll road plan.

TRENTON – State Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex/Union) released the following statement on the shooting death of a Newark police officer who has been identified as William Johnson, a 16-year veteran of the department:

“This is a sad day for the city of Newark, and a sobering reminder of the public safety challenges that all of our cities are facing. I know I speak for the entire community when I say that we are all deeply saddened by this senseless tragedy.

“I’d like to extend my personal condolences to the family and friends of Officer Johnson, and to the law enforcement community as it mourns the loss of one of its own. My thoughts and prayers are with them, and the other victims of this horrendous crime.”