From Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Hudson/Bergen):
“I am deeply, deeply saddened to hear of the passing of one of our great governors, Brendan T. Byrne.
“Gov. Byrne was a man who always – always – put doing the right thing ahead of politics, no matter how the difficult the issue. His intelligence, honor, wit and courage combined with his dedication to his country and public service made him a model for all of us in elected office to emulate.
“But besides his political skills and successes as governor and in the many other roles that he served with integrity, Gov. Byrne was above all a good and decent man, with a wonderful sense of humor. If you measure a man by his character, then Gov. Byrne was immeasurable.
“On behalf of the New Jersey General Assembly, I offer my prayers and condolences to his wife Ruthie and his entire family at this difficult time.”