(TRENTON) – Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) issued the following statement Friday regarding the death Brian Sicknick, a U.S. Capitol Police Officer and Middlesex County native:
“I am very saddened to learn of the death of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick who gave his life protecting the U.S. Capitol during Wednesday’s violent riots.
“Officer Sicknick is a hero who died in the line of duty while physically engaging with violent protesters.
“Officer Sicknick grew up in South River and was a graduate of Middlesex County Vocational Technical High School in East Brunswick. He bravely served six years in the New Jersey National Guard including two deployments in the Middle East.
“I mourn the loss of Brian Sicknick and strongly condemn the senseless violence orchestrated by a mob rioting in opposition to the results of a free and fair election.
“I offer my sincerest condolences to Officer Sicknick’s family and friends and thank him for his service to this great country.”