Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered flags to fly at half-staff in New Jersey on Wednesday in tribute to Dr. Anthony M. Villane, Jr., a former Republican assemblyman and community affairs commissioner who died on June 29.
“Dr. Anthony M. Villane, Jr., was a career public servant whose history of leadership, his many achievements, and his exemplary legacy, should be honored and recognized throughout the state,” Murphy said. “My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and all who loved him. He was truly a great man.”
Villane was 92.
A former Long Branch school board member and GOP municipal chairman, Villane served in the State Assembly from 1976 to 1988, including stints as deputy assistant minority leader and chairman of the Joint Appropriations Committee. He served in Gov. Thomas Kean’s cabinet from 1988 to 1990 and in President George H.W. Bush’s administration as the regional administrator of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.