U.S. Senator Cory Booker released the following statement on the death of former State Sen. Ronald Rice:
“Newark and New Jersey have lost a true champion, someone who fought for the people. Whatever titles he held, Senator Rice was a man who prided himself on his Newark roots and lived life in accordance with his values of fairness, equality, justice, and redemption.
“I will always treasure the many lessons I learned from him. So many of us are better leaders and citizens because of his service and his example. Few Newark leaders leave a legacy in public service as profound as his.
“My heart is heavy for his family and the countless people whom he touched. May we honor his life by rededicating ourselves to the fight for compassion, equality, and the ideals Senator Rice lived by.”