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Governor Phil Murphy

Statement from Governor Phil Murphy on the Passing of Former Essex County Executive Peter Shapiro


“Tammy and I are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Peter Shapiro. Peter was an esteemed public servant who, at just 23 years old, made history by becoming the youngest New Jerseyan ever elected to the General Assembly. Over the course of his storied career, and especially as the first-ever County Executive of his beloved Essex County, Peter dedicated every ounce of himself to ensuring our state’s political institutions served the needs of our families. His legacy of courage and compassion will inspire the people of New Jersey for generations to come.

“Our hearts and prayers are with Peter’s wife Bryna and their son Samuel. We will deeply miss the Wunderkind of Essex County.”