WHEREAS, Senator Joseph Suliga, Jr. spent his entire adult life committed to public service and New Jersey is a better place today because of that commitment; and
WHEREAS, Senator Suliga started his career in elected office at age 19 as the youngest person ever elected to the Linden Board of Education; and
WHEREAS, Senator Suliga graduated from Kean University and subsequently earned Master's degrees from Kean and Rutgers universities; and
WHEREAS, Senator Suliga subsequently served as a Councilman in Linden, as a Union County Freeholder, as a member of the General Assembly and as a State Senator; and
WHEREAS, Senator Suliga was a thoughtful and respected legislator, sponsoring legislation compelling insurance coverage for mammograms for women over 35, co-chairing the Senate Environmental Committee and serving as the second ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee; and
WHEREAS, Senator Suliga most recently was serving as chief financial officer for the City of Linden, and was known as a man who valued his faith, his family and friendship; and
WHEREAS, it is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of Senator Suliga and extend our sincere sympathy to his family and friends; and
WHEREAS, it is fitting and appropriate to honor the memory and the passing of Senator Suliga;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICHARD J. CODEY, Acting Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
- The flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of
New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices,
agencies and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Wednesday, February
23, 2005, in recognition and mourning of the passing of Senator Suliga.
- This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this
of February in the Year of Our Lord, Two
and Five, and of the Independence of the United States,
Two Hundred and Twenty-Ninth.
/s/ Richard J. Codey
/s/ Mark J. Fleming
Deputy Chief Counsel to the Governor