The New Jersey Congressional delegation last night honored former U.S. Rep. John Adler on the floor of the House of Representatives tonight.
Members of both parties spoke about Adler, who died Monday of complications from heart surgery, and his years in public service.
“This is a real loss for many of us as well as for the people of New Jersey I ask that the members of the house join me in sending condolences to his family and friends and his many admirers,” said U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12).
U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, (D-6) spoke about the tough election battles Adler fought and his ability to win in even a hostile political climate. Pallone said facing challenges was Adler’s forte.
“The energy and the willingness to take on the fight very much characterized John,” Pallone said.
Pallone recalled Adler’s love for his family and his desire during his term in Congress to commute between Washington D.C. and New Jersey as often as possible to avoid missing family events.
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell told his colleagues about Adler’s humility and sincerity, saying he “didn’t act like a Harvard man.”
“He had so much to give and he gave it and he really loved the public he served,” Pascrell said. “He will be greatly missed by Democrats and Republicans on this floor.”
Adler was honored by friends and family Wednesday at a service in Cherry Hill.