Norbert Maluchnik, a respected and popular former New Jersey State Police sergeant before becoming a statehouse fixture working as an aide to six New Jersey governors, passed away on October 9 after a battle with brain cancer. He was 77.
After serving in the Marines Corps, he worked for the state Division of Motor Vehicles and then in the New Jersey State Police before retiring in 1996.
He became an aide to the governor in 1996 and held that post until late last year, working until just a few days before his surgery. He was remembered by Trenton insiders are a trusted confidential aide with considerable institutional knowledge a pleasing personality, and no political agenda. He was described as the kind of guy you might see with a briefcase handcuffed to his wrist, although those who knew Maluchnik understood that he didn’t need any extra security measures beyond his own personality and wits.
“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 Jeannine Frisby 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 is survived by his wife, Joan, his two sons, a step-daughter, and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held last Saturday. The Maluchnik family has asked that donations be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.