Former 26th District Assemblywoman, BPU Commissioner and Morris County Freeholder Carol Murphy died this morning following an illness.
Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce (R-26) issued a statement on the death of his 78-year-old former colleague, with whom he served from 1993 to 2002.
“I am truly saddened to learn of Carol’s passing. She was more than just my colleague and running mate in the Assembly – she was my friend,” said the minority leader. “Her public service at the local and county levels was invaluable when she took her seat in the General Assembly. Carol’s experience was a great asset in serving her constituents in the 26th District, her colleagues in the Republican caucus and the members of the Legislature.”
A resident of Morris Plains, Assemblywoman Murphy served on the local township committee and as deputy mayor from 1980 to 1984. When she left the assembly in 2002, Joe Pennacchio assumed her Assembly seat.
“As running mates, Carol and I worked closely on many important public policy issues and I always admired her dedication and commitment,” said DeCroce. “She earned the respect of her peers and was someone who could always be counted on. Our state has lost someone who served the public in many ways, and always did so with dignity and class. I wish to extend my condolences to Carol’s three children and their families over their loss. She will truly be missed.”