State Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen) has been hospitalized at Hackensack University Medical Center since early this morning, according to Wood-Ridge Police Chief Joseph Rutigliano.
Sarlo, 40, chair of the senate Labor Committe and vice chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, complained last night of difficulty breathing and was transported to the hospital at approximately 2 a.m.
"He did have a medical emergency and we did transport him to the hospital," said Rutigliano. "The speculation is it might be a cardiac problem, but they just honestly don't know. They're running tests on him."
Sarlo chief-of-staff Chris Eilert said the Senator is currently in stable condition, conscious and breathing on his own.
"Senator Paul Sarlo experienced a medical emergency in his home early this morning," Eilert said. "Though testing has been inconclusive, the incident appears to be cardiac related. He is in Hackensack University Medical Center where he is undergoing further testing. The Senator's family is appreciative of the kind wishes that have already been extended to them."
The news shocked the senator's colleagues from Bergen County, including Sarlo's 36th District ally, Assemblyman Fred Scalera (D-Nutley), who received a phone call this morning notifying him of Sarlo's condition.
Scalerasaid he hassince received a nonstop stream of calls from well wishers at all levels of government.
"A nice number of people have reached out to talk to me," said the assemblyman. "All I can say is God bless. He's young, which is a great thing. We'll know more in 24 hours, after tests."
Others received information about Sarlo throughout themorning.
"I don’t know what it was, but I’ve been told that he’s seriously ill," said state Sen. Robert Gordon (D-Bergen). "My prayers are with him and his family.”
Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen) said she received the news while working in Trenton, and also wished Sarlo a speedy recovery.
"I understand that he's in intensive care and has been pretty sick," said Weinberg.
Assemblyman Gary Schear (D-Passaic) also serves with Sarlo in the 36th Legislative District.
"My prayers are with him and his family for a speedy recovery," Schaer said.