Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement on the passing of former Senator Joe Palaia:
“I am saddened by the loss of Joe Palaia. He was one of the kindest and most decent legislators to ever serve in Trenton.
“As a son of the Jersey Shore, Joe was beloved by Monmouth County residents. A dedicated public servant, he served for more than four decades as a council member, mayor, freeholder and legislator.
Saddened by the loss of Joe Palaia. He was one of the kindest and most decent legislators to ever serve in Trenton. https://t.co/ZCNz4zdi6G
— Senator Tom Kean (@tomkean) August 21, 2016
“As a former teacher and principal, Joe brought his passion for education to Trenton as one of the strongest advocates for academic programs to support children with special needs.
“Joe was one of a kind, and he will be sorely missed.”