State of New Jersey
Executive Order #34

Governor James E. McGreevey

WHEREAS, Assemblyman Tom Smith, a devoted family man, served honorably with the United States Army during World War II, and dedicated many years in public service to the people of the State of New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, Assemblyman Smith held several important public offices in the City of Asbury Park, including Police Chief for 11 of his 38 years on the City's police force, Councilmember for four years and Mayor of Asbury Park for four years; and

WHEREAS, Assemblyman Smith was elected to the General Assembly in 1992 as the first African American from Monmouth County to win a State legislative seat; and

WHEREAS, Assemblyman Smith held numerous leadership positions including service as Deputy Speaker from 1998 to 2001 and was the senior member of the State Legislature; and

WHEREAS, it is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of Assemblyman Smith and extend our sincerest sympathy to his family and friends; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and appropriate to honor the memory and the passing of Assemblyman Smith;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES E. McGREEVEY, 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 the State of New Jersey shall be flown at half-staff at all State departments, offices, agencies and instrumentalities during appropriate hours on Thursday, October 17, 2002 in recognition and mourning of the passing of Assemblyman Smith.

  2. This Order shall take effect immediately.


GIVEN, under my hand and seal this 16th day of October in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Two, and of the Independence of the United States, the Two Hundred and Twenty-Seventh.

/s/ James E. McGreevey




/s/ Paul A. Levinsohn

Chief Counsel to the Governor