Former Congressman Bob Franks died yesterday evening at age 58 after a brief battle with an aggressive form of cancer, according to a report in the Star Ledger.
Governor Chris Christie issued the following statement on Franks' passing:
“Bob Franks was an American Patriot. Bob loved his country, he loved New Jersey, he loved public service and he loved his family.
“Not only was Bob a great Assemblyman and Congressman, but he was also an outstanding political leader for the Republican Party. He provided tireless leadership to our party and our state and, as a result, trained his successors—the next generation of New Jersey’s and America’s public servants. He saw that as part of his duty as a leader and it was truly one of the joys of his life.
“Mary Pat and I are truly saddened by the tragedy of his passing and the inconceivable void it leaves for Fran and their three beautiful children. We will be praying for them and we ask all New Jerseyans to pray for Bob and his family during this extraordinarily sad time.”
Assemblyman Dave Rible remembers Franks for his leadership, compassion and bi-partisanship. "From the time I first met him while he was running for Congress in 1992 to just last year when he came to Long Branch with his daughter to read to sick children, Bob Franks was a gentleman and a genuine leader. Throughout his career Bob an example for other public servants to follow. He will be sorely missed. My thought and prayers are with him and his family."