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Former Assemblywoman Maureen Ogden, right, with former Gov. Thomas H. Kean, left. (Photo: Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society).

Flags will fly at half-staff in tribute to Ogden, Murphy orders

Essex Republican assemblywoman dies at 93

By David Wildstein, August 18 2022 8:12 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered New Jersey’s flags to be flown at half-staff on Frida in honor of former Assemblywoman Maureen Ogden (R-Millburn), who died this week at age 93.

Ogden represented parts of Essex and Union counties in the New Jersey State Assembly from 1982 until her retirement in 1996.

“Assemblywoman Ogden, who dedicated her life to public service as a seven-term assemblywoman in the New Jersey Legislature and the first woman to serve as Mayor of Millburn, was a passionate supporter of the arts and steadfast champion of the environment,” Murphy stated” As we honor her legacy as a leader and trailblazer, we commemorate her many achievements in State politics and conservationism.  Tammy and I send our sincere condolences to her family and loved ones.”

State Sen. Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield), whose legislative district includes municipalities once represented by Ogden, called the veteran lawmaker’s passing a loss for “our entire state.”

“She represented the best of the best.  She was a fighter for the environment, but always with class and dignity,” said Bramnick.  “I hope she will be a model for elected officials everywhere.”

Ogden, who became the first woman to serve as mayor of Millburn in 1979, also received a tribute to one of her onetime colleagues on the Democratic side, former Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck).

“Maureen Ogden was a role model for me,” Weinberg said on Twitter.  “She welcomed me into the Assembly and was a leader on environmental issues.”

Dennis Hart, the executive director of the Chemistry Council of New Jersey and a longtime statehouse observer, called Ogden “one of the most important environmental leaders in New Jersey and a really decent person.”

“If there was a New Jersey Environmental Hall of Fame, she would be on the top ten,” he said.

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin called Ogden a “dedicated public servant who played an important role in protecting New Jersey’s environment.”

“Maureen will be remembered for her many achievements and her unwavering commitment to the people she served,” Coughlin sad.  “Today, my thoughts and prayers are with the Ogden family.”

Click HERE to read Ogden’s obituary.

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