Edward Brown Snyder, the father of New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy, passed away on Friday.
“We consider ourselves lucky and blessed to have been able to speak with him one last time, only twelve hours before his passing, Gov. Phil Murphy and the First Lady said in a statement. “He taught our family so much through his example and we will cherish his every lesson on a life well-lived. Though we already miss him, we know that his spirit will always be with us.”
The Murphy’s are in Israel on a trade mission and will remain there.
“As a proud member of the Jewish faith, his final ask of us was to continue our trip to Israel. Ever the mensch, he left specific instructions for services to wait until our return. With heavy hearts and tears in our eyes, we will dedicate our presence in this holy land to his memory.”
Snyder founded Checkered Flag Motor Car Company in 1965, The company has 538 employees and represents Toyota, Scion, Honda, Volkswagen, Hyundai, BMW, MINI, Jaguar, Porsche and Audi.
“My wife Tish and I are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of the First Lady Tammy Murphy’s father,” said Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin. “May God bless the First Lady and her entire family.”
Senate President Steve Sweeney also offered his support to the Murphy family.
“I want to express my sincere condolences to First Lady Tammy Murphy and her entire family on the passing of the First Lady’s father. My prayers are with them during this difficult time. May they find comfort in the memories they shared together as a family,” Sweeney said in a statement on Saturday afternoon.
Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe extended the condolences of the entire Middlesex family.
“The legacy of Air Force Staff Sergeant Edward Brown Snyder will live on through his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren,” said McCabe. “We send our thoughts and prayers to the family, and hope they find comfort in celebrating Mr. Snyder’s remarkable life.”
Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. said that the Murphy family are in his thoughts today.
“I hope that their time in the holy land, as they honor Edward’s Jewish faith, will also provide them with comfort and peace during this difficult time,” Kean said.