Gov. Chris Christie issued a statement this morning following the news of the death of Alan Rosenthal, a Rutgers professor.
“Alan was a true New Jerseyan,” Christie said in his statement. “He loved our state and committed much of his life to the study of its political institutions.
“He also leaves a legacy of thousands of students who studied under him at Rutgers and consider him a mentor and friend. New Jersey has lost a great advocate and, on behalf of the people of our state, I offer condolences to the Rosenthal family.”
Rosenthal, among other things, is noteworthy for casting the tie-breaking vote in favor of the Democrats’ map during legislative redistricting battles in 2011.
And Senate President Steve Sweeney issued a statement:
"Alan Rosenthal was a dedicated public servant and unabashed promoter of public policy and all of the good and important roles that government provides. New Jersey lost a good one today. Alan will be missed."
U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) echoed Sweeney's remarks.
"Professor Rosenthal will be remembered for his lifelong devotion to students and the government of New Jersey,” said Menendez. “Alan taught others to respect government service throughout the years and always valued democracy. In addition, he didn’t sit on the sidelines, but got involved in the political institutions he studied and was a true advocate. As we reflect on his contribution to our great state, our thoughts and prayers are with the Rosenthal family.”
Former student Bob Sommer, now president of the Rock Entertainment Group, said Rosenthal was the best professor he ever had at Rutgers, a man who helped make his career.
"I was fortunate to have many wonderful professors at the Eagleton Institute. Alan always stood out for his insight, his humor and his passion for teaching. His life lessons are an important part of who I am,” said Sommer.
Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean Jr. said that “Alan will be missed and not forgotten as a devoted New Jersey citizen who mentored and educated leaders and future leaders of this state. I offer condolences to his family and friends.”
Speaker Sheila Oliver said that “My heartfelt prayers and sympathy go out to the family and friends of Professor Rosenthal.
“He dedicated his professional life to bettering government and improving public policy, making every institution he touched a little more virtuous in the process.
“We are all better off thanks to his contributions. He will be missed personally and professionally.”
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