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Statement by Governor Murphy on the Passing of Candy Straight


"Tammy and I are saddened to learn of the death of Candy Straight who, while never holding public office, was a tremendous influence on numerous women who have. She served multiple administrations in formal roles and was an informal advisor to a who's who in our state's politics. She leaves a strong legacy of advocacy and leadership not just in New Jersey, but nationwide.

“When we moved to New Jersey more than two decades ago, Candy was among the first to welcome us to our new home.

"Candy and I enjoyed a shared love of Broadway and musical theater. Her favorite show was 'A Chorus Line.' In so many ways, Candy was one singular sensation. She helped raise the curtain on many careers, and the lights of our politics will be a littler dimmer without her."