State of New Jersey
Executive Order #29

Acting Governor Richard J. Codey

WHEREAS, His Holiness Pope John Paul II was one of the greatest leaders of our time, or of any other time in history; and

WHEREAS, the death of Pope John Paul II is a loss not just for the Catholic Church, but for all people of the world; and

WHEREAS, for a quarter century, Pope John Paul II was the rock of the Catholic Church, and his influence extended beyond the Church into international affairs; and

WHEREAS, Pope John Paul II was concerned with the greater good for all people and was a leading champion of human rights and an ardent advocate for peace; and

WHEREAS, this State, this nation and the world are better for having been blessed with the leadership of Pope John Paul II; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper for the State of New Jersey to mourn the passing and honor the memory of Pope John Paul II;

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:

  1. The flag of the United States of America and the flag of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies and instrumentalities during appropriate hours beginning Monday, April 4, 2005, and through and including Friday, April 8, 2005, in recognition and mourning of the passing of Pope John Paul II.

  2. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 4th day
of April in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand
and Five, and of the Independence of the United
States, the Two Hundred and Twenty-Ninth.

/s/ Richard J. Codey

Acting Governor



/s/ Mark J. Fleming

Deputy Chief Counsel to the Governor