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Statements in Memory of George H.W. Bush

By David Wildstein, December 01 2018 11:29 am

Several New Jersey political leaders released statements today on the passing of George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States:

Governor Phil Murphy
“A true American leader both at war and in peace, President Bush was kind, heroic, thoughtful, and of the highest professional and personal character. He lived a life in service to his fellow Americans and taught those he touched with his unwavering integrity. Having known him personally, Tammy and I were honored to claim him — as well as Barbara and other family members — as a friend. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 2009, we had the singular opportunity to host the President and Barbara on what would be his final overseas trip. Highlighting his place as an honorary citizen of Berlin, I am proud to have had his portrait hung in the German Senate. Tammy and I send our condolences and prayers to the President’s family — his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren — as well as the many friends sharing in his loss. We take comfort in knowing that, while we have lost him here on Earth, he has been reunited with Barbara and Robin in heaven. He leaves behind a legacy to which we should all aspire.”

Congressman Bill Pascrell
“President George H.W. Bush was a patriot and a statesman. His record of service is nearly unparalleled: as an aviator in the Pacific Theater during World War II, a U.S. Representative, a UN Ambassador, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, the vice presidency, and finally the presidency. In each post, he was an embodiment of the straight-forth values that make America great. While a child of privilege, President Bush’s entire life was defined by the honesty and duty to county forged in the lives of some many in the Greatest Generation. Today, we lose another member of that generation. I mourn his life, reflect on his service, and offer my condolences to his family.”

Senate President Steve Sweeney
“We all mourn the passing of President Bush and honor his legacy of public service. He was a man who embraced the selfless ideal of serving our country. He truly was one of the Greatest Generation of Americans who served and sacrificed with dignity and humility. He lived a life of meaning that was an inspiration to his family and an example to us all.”

Republican State Chairman Doug Steinhardt
“My condolences to the Bush family, who yesterday saw the passing of George H. W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States. He leaves an indelible mark on the nation’s fabric and a legacy that lives on through generations.”

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin
”President George H.W. Bush was a devoted public servant who will be remembered for his service and leadership. We mourn his passing throughout the nation today, but also honor his life and legacy. May he rest in peace.”

Congressman Christopher Smith
“President Bush was not only a hero of World War II—brave, tenacious, fearless and awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism under fire—but he was also an extraordinary family man who deeply loved his wife Barbara and family, and spent his entire public life pursuing peace and an end to the Cold War.  He inspired selfless public service—a thousand points of light—and generosity and compassion for others, especially those in need.   As both President and Vice President, he visited my district and the biggest takeaway from those experiences, as well as working with him in Washington, was how gracious and kind and humble he was.  Despite being the most powerful political leader on earth, he regarded the issues and solutions to problems as far more important than himself—truly amazing. At this time of sorrow and loss, my wife Marie and I offer our deepest condolences to the Bush family and join the nation is expressing our gratitude and respect for an exceptional man who served our country with great honor and distinction.”

Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean

”President George H.W. Bush lived an extraordinary life. From his service in WWII, to his time as Commander-in-Chief, his life was dedicated to serving the nation he loved. Rest in peace, Mr. President.”

U.S. Senator Cory Booker

“President George H.W. Bush leaves behind an extraordinary legacy of service and lifelong dedication to our country that he loved. I’m saddened to hear of his passing. My thoughts are with his loved ones.”

U.S. Senator Bob Menendez

”President George H.W. Bush was not just a President – he was a statesman who led the free world with a passion for democracy, and a wonderful father and family man. Saying prayers for his family today.”

Congressman Albio Sires

“President George H.W. Bush was a true patriot who worked earnestly for the American people. Regardless of politics, he will be remembered as a model for leadership, compassion, and public service. While the country mourns his passing, his legacy will live on far into the future.”

Congressman Josh Gottheimer

“I was saddened to learn of the passing of former President George H.W. Bush. My thoughts are with entire Bush family as we remember the legacy of one of our country’s finest public servants.”

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