Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce (R-Parsippany) called Joseph Azzolina “a patriot who embodied the American dream.”
Azzolina, who served eleven terms in the State Assembly and one in the State Senate, died Thursday night after a long illness. He was 84.
“My friend and colleague Joe Azzolina was a selfless person, who served his country with honor, loved his family and community and never stopped giving. Joe’s life was characterized by his total commitment to whatever he did, whether he was serving in the Legislature, captaining a ship at sea, or blazing the trail in New Jersey’s supermarket industry,” DeCroce said. “He was a man who possessed many talents and was not afraid to share his gifts with everyone he knew.”
DeCroce says that Azzolina’s dedication was something to emulate.
“His dedication to whatever challenge he undertook is an example for everyone to emulate. He was tireless in the effort to have the battleship USS New Jersey located in our state’s waters when it was retired. Joe was an accomplished legislator and served his constituents with pride,” said DeCroce. “While we mourn his loss, we also celebrate the life he led and thank his family for sharing Joe with us. Whether you knew him as ‘assemblyman,’ ‘captain,’ ‘Mr. Azzolina’ or just ‘Joe,’ you knew he was one of the most generous down-to-earth people you ever had the pleasure to meet. My heartfelt condolences to the Azzolina and Scaduto families.”