Former Assemblyman Peter Barnes, Jr., a former FBI agent who spent 12 years in the New Jersey Legislature, passed away today. Tomorrow would have been his 90th birthday.
The Edison Democrat was elected to the State Assembly in 1995, ousting two-term incumbent Republican Assemblyman Jeff Warsh (R-Edison) by 1,590 votes.
He was re-elected five times in the 18th district, running first with Barbara Buono (D-Metuchen), and then with Patrick Diegnan (D-South Plainfield). He served as the Assembly Majority Whip and as chairman of the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee.
Barnes resigned from the Assembly in 2007 when Gov. Jon Corzine appointed him to the New Jersey Parole Board. His seat was filled by his son, Peter Barnes III, then an Edison councilman.
Another son, Patrick Barnes, served as the Hunterdon County Prosecutor.
After he retired from the FBI, Barnes served as director of Public Safety for the New Jersey Devils and later for Edison.