State of New Jersey
Executive Order #65

Acting Governor Richard J. Codey
WHEREAS, the tragedy at Virginia Polytechnic and State University, in Blacksburg, Virginia, has shaken the nation and, in particular, has affected the citizens of the State of New Jersey because of the deaths of students with close ties to New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, at this time of shock, sorrow and grieving, it is important for the State to come together to mourn the students who were killed and to remember their parents, families, and friends at a time of supreme loss; and

WHEREAS, it is appropriate and fitting for the State of New Jersey, a State with so many connections to so many of these students, to mark their passing, remember their families as they mourn their losses and honor their memories;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, RICHARD J. CODEY, Acting Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

  1. The flag of the United States of America and the flag of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies and instrumentalities during the appropriate hours on Friday, April 20, 2007, in recognition of the lives and in mourning of the passing of the students and faculty killed at Virginia Polytechnic and State University.

  2. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 18th day
of April, Two Thousand and Seven, and of the
Independence of the United States, the Two
Hundred and Thirty-First.

/s/ Richard J. Codey

Acting Governor



/s/ Kenneth H. Zimmerman

Chief Counsel to the Governor