WHEREAS, United States Representative Joseph George Minish was a recognized leader in the organized labor movement, in more than two decades of public office, and in serving the constituents of New Jersey's 11th Congressional District; and
WHEREAS, Representative Minish was the son of a Pennsylvania coal miner who moved to New Jersey after serving in the United States Army from 1945 to 1946; and
WHEREAS, thereafter he spent his entire career serving working men and women through his participation in the labor movement; and
WHEREAS, he assumed leadership positions in the labor movement serving as Executive Secretary of Essex-West Hudson Council, Congress of Industrial Organizations, from 1954 to 1960 and Executive Director, Essex-West Industrial Union Council, AFL-CIO, from 1960-1962; and
WHEREAS, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1962 and was a member of Congress until 1984; and
WHEREAS, during his time in Congress, he addressed many difficult issues, including profiteering by defense contractors, price gouging by natural gas companies, and speculating by land developers; and
WHEREAS, Representative Minish fought for truth-in-lending laws and advocated for food safety reforms; and
WHEREAS, he was known by his constituents as "one of the good guys in politics," a "regular guy who became a congressman"; and
WHEREAS, it is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of Representative Minish 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 Representative Minish;
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 Wednesday, December 5, 2007, in recognition and mourning of the passing of U.S. Representative Joseph George Minish.
- This Order shall take effect immediately.
GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 3rd day
Two Thousand and Seven, and
of the Independence of the United States, the
Two Hundred and Thirty-Second.
/s/ Jon S. Corzine
/s/ Kenneth H. Zimmerman
Chief Counsel to the Governor