(TRENTON) – Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic) released the following statement Friday mourning the loss of a Newark police officer who was shot while off-duty ordering a slice of pizza:
“I was deeply saddened and troubled to hear of the tragic death of one of New Jersey’s finest in Newark.
“We mourn the passing of another one of our everyday heroes.
“On behalf of the New Jersey General Assembly, I send my deepest sympathies to the officer’s family and friends and to the city of Newark. Our thoughts prayers are with them.
“Our police officers put their lives on the line all hours of the day and night, whether on-duty or off-duty, and their devotion to ensuring our public safety must never be forgotten. We can never take their efforts for granted. We can never forget their dedication.
“This continued violence on our streets should be of deep concern for all New Jersey residents. It is tragic and unnecessary. We will not overcome it unless we all work together to demand its end. That should be our common goal.”