U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8) issued a formal statement on the death of Essex County Chairman Phil Thigpen.
“I am deeply saddened to hear about the death of my good friend Essex County Democratic Chairman Phil Thigpen,” Sires said. “The residents of Essex County have lost a great leader and the Thigpen family has lost a beloved patriarch. My sympathies go out to his wife Ernestine and the entire Thigpen family. His dedication to his community truly epitomizes the dignity and determination of what it means to be a public servant. I salute Chairman Thigpen on a life well lived.”