TRENTON – Senator Nia H. Gill (D-Essex) issued the following statement today on the passing of former Congressman and State Senator John Adler:
“John Adler was an exceptional public servant and a true statesman. During our years serving together on the Judiciary Committee, I came to develop a deep respect for him and a genuine admiration of his principle-driven service.
“John was amazingly intelligent, witty and fantastically sharp.
“He had a strong commitment to constitutional principles, and took on very difficult issues – even when it was not popular. In doing so, he brought to bear his skill, his knowledge and his extraordinary tenacity. He was a student of history, and always had such a command of the subject matter.
“John was a powerful Judiciary chairman in the New Jersey State Senate. But he was always unfailingly gracious to the people with whom he agreed and disagreed – a true testament to his character.
“We will miss his voice in the public debate. But more than that, we will miss his friendship. I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family, his wife and his four wonderful sons.”