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State Sen. Vin Gopal. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Rice Tribute: Vin Gopal

By David Wildstein, March 15 2023 4:38 pm

Senate Majority Conference Leader Vin Gopal released the following statement on the death of former State Sen. Ronald Rice:

“I am saddened by the news of my friend and former colleague, Senator Ronald Rice’s death and I wish to extend my condolences to his son Ronald C. Rice and all of the Rice family. New Jersey lost an iconic legislator and a powerhouse for social justice and racial equality today. Senator Ronald Rice was a fierce and unwavering legislator who never put politics ahead of the people in need.

“Senator Rice served in the state Senate for 36 years and was a mentor who taught me to never give up when you believe in something. He was someone I could always count on. The longest-serving Black member of the New Jersey Legislature, a former US Marine who served in Vietnam, a former police officer and former Newark City Councilman, Senator Rice generously shared his knowledge and wisdom. He was one of a kind and I admired his tenacity and principled determination. Ronald Rice will live on through his work as legislator and his love and dedication to the people whose lives he made better.”

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