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Kean Mourns Passing of Former Sen. Joe Palaia

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Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean released the following statement on the passing of former Senator Joe Palaia:

Former Senator Joseph Anthony Palaia Sr. passed away at the age of 89. (

“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.

“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.”

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