Gov. Chris Christie released a statement on the death of former U.S. Rep. Bob Franks.
“Bob Franks was an American Patriot,” said the governor. “Bob loved his country, he loved New Jersey, he loved public service and he loved his family.
“Not only was Bob a great Assemblyman and Congressman, but he was also an outstanding political leader for the Republican Party. He provided tireless leadership to our party and our state and, as a result, trained his successors—the next generation of New Jersey’s and America’s public servants. He saw that as part of his duty as a leader and it was truly one of the joys of his life.
“Mary Pat and I are truly saddened by the tragedy of his passing and the inconceivable void it leaves for Fran and their three beautiful children. We will be praying for them and we ask all New Jerseyans to pray for Bob and his family during this extraordinarily sad time.”