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Philip Liloia, longtime legislative staffer, died in April

Tax expert worked for the Office of Legislative Services from 1988 to 2018

By David Wildstein, August 09 2020 3:52 pm

Philip Liloia, a hugely respected statehouse staffer who spent 30 years with the non-partisan New Jersey Office of Legislative Services, died on April 28 after a long illness.  He was 66.

His tenure in Trenton spanned eleven Governors, six Senate Presidents and nine Assembly Speakers.

Liloia worked in the Revenue, Finance and Appropriations section and was considered the in-house tax law expert for OLS.  He was the committee aide to the Assembly Budget Committee.

He played a key role in practically every piece of tax-related legislation to move through Trenton between 1988 to 2018.

After working as a therapist at a substance abuse treatment center and as a chef at two restaurants in Philadelphia, he graduated from Temple University Law School at age 33.

According to his family, Liloia was diagnosed with cancer ten years ago and withstood grueling treatment and related health issues that left him bedridden for the last two years.

“He never complained, and he never lost interest in life, his children, and the world around him,” his family said.

Liloia grew up in New Brunswick, attended the University of Pennsylvania, and was residing in Haddonfield at the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife, Deenie, his son, Ari, and daughter, Nina.

The New Jersey Globe apologies for the delayed report of Liloia’s passing.

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