Former Gov. Richard Codey today offered tremendous praise of Norbert Maluchnik, a respected and well-liked aide to six governors from both parties who passed away last week after a battle with brain cancer.
“I used to see Norbert with prior Governors and wonder what he did– I was told not to ask. Once I was Governor I understood,” said Codey, who served as governor from 2004 to 2016. “He knew how to get things done, no task was too large or small, and he did it without fanfare. He was a close friend to all of us and will be missed. May God be with his family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.”
A retired Marine and New Jersey State Trooper, Maluchnik joined the governor’s staff in 1996 and remained there until just before his surgery late last year.
Another former colleague, Jeannine Frisby LaRue, also paid tribute to Maluchnik.
“Norbert was a calming presence among our Front Office senior staff during the Corzine Administration. Initially, I felt we were an exclusive group that got to interact with Norbert in his role on the executive security staff,” said LaRue, who served as deputy chief of staff under Gov. Jon Corzine. “I soon discovered that Norbert was a staple in a string of Governors’ offices and a major part of the institutional memory of the State House.”
Maluchnik was 77.