WHEREAS, Edward M. “Teddy” Kennedy, “the Lion of the Senate,” served as a United States Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for nearly half a century, making him the third longest-serving member of the United States Senate in American history; and
WHEREAS, Senator Kennedy all too soon became the patriarch of one of the most storied political families in the history of this country; and
WHEREAS, Senator Kennedy’s remarkable career as a public servant was highlighted by his passion, idealism, optimism, faith, and compassion; and
WHEREAS, over the course of Senator Kennedy’s nearly five decades in the Senate, he was a true champion for those who often had no voice in the public arena and a leader on a wide range of issues impacting American families; and
WHEREAS, Senator Kennedy, who will be remembered as one of the most effective lawmakers in the history of the United States Senate, sponsored or shepherded through historic legislation that included reforming health care, advancing civil rights, improving education, and transforming immigration laws; and
WHEREAS, through Senator Kennedy’s legislative triumphs he has made this nation a better place; and
WHEREAS, in addition to Senator Kennedy’s political accomplishments, he performed many quiet deeds of humanity that have made him beloved to so many New Jerseyans: rich, poor, old, and young;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JON S. CORZINE, 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 Tuesday, September 1, 2009, in recognition and mourning of the passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
- This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 28th day of August
Two Thousand and Nine, and of the Independence of
the United States, the Two Hundred and Thirty-Fourth.
/s/ Jon S. Corzine
/s/ Kay Walcott-Henderson
First Assistant Chief Counsel