A Rutgers Leader Falls: Edward Romano Dies at 21


New Jersey lost a vigorous leader today.

Edward Romano of Iselin, president of the Rutgers University Democrats and an intern with the Middlesex County Democratic Committee, died suddenly this morning.

The 21-year old’s heart stopped, cause unknown.

An undergraduate senior history student on track to graduate in 2016, Romano universally had a reputation as an exceedingly bright and enthusiastic student-mentor.

“He was the most amazing leader I ever met,” said Dani Pocock, treasurer of the Rutgers Democrats. “He knew how to corral people and motivate them. He was so charismatic and so smart. He was easily the most amazing person I ever met.”

From New Jersey, Mr. Romano was elected president of the Rutgers Democrats last year and vociferously reelected again this year. He was preparing to go to law school or graduate school.

“I have no words,” said Pocock. “I don’t know what to do without him.”

Benjamin Feldman, executive director of the Middlesex County Democratic Organization, issued a statement.

“Ed Romano was a warm, compassionate and bright young man,” Feldman said. “As head of the Rutgers University Democrats, he had begin to distinguish himself as a leader of a new generation of New Jersey progressives. Here in Middlesex County, we came to know Ed as an inquisitive student of politics who was eager to understand how our democratic process could improve the lives of those throughout the community. His passing is a tremendous loss to those of us who were fortunate to have had the opportunity to know him.”

Traci Leah Hauber this afternoon wrote on Mr. Romano’s Facebook page, “I’m still trying to process this…I remember when you were put into my gym class and how you made every day great. I’ve always enjoyed our conversations. I hope you rest in peace.”

The largest political organization at Rutgers University, the Rutgers University Democrats seek to promote political awareness and involvement in Democratic politics both within and beyond the University community. According to their mission statement, “We also assist students with getting involved in the larger political community, by providing opportunities to intern and volunteer throughout the state. During the campaign season, our efforts are aimed at helping to get Democrats elected in New Jersey.”

For an editorial on the subject, please go here.

Edward Romano, front right, with U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rutgers Democrats.
Edward Romano, front right, with U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rutgers Democrats.


A Rutgers Leader Falls: Edward Romano Dies at 21