CRANFORD – Hailey Seals, daughter of fallen Jersey City Det. Joe Seals, will join Congressman Tom Malinowski as his guest at this year’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, February 4.

Detective Seals was a 15-year veteran of the Jersey City Police force serving in the Street Crimes Unit, and was a leading officer in removing guns from the street. He was promoted to detective in 2017. Hailey is a Cranford resident and graduate of Cranford High School. She is currently a freshman at Kean University

“I admire Hailey’s bravery in coming to Washington to honor her father’s ultimate sacrifice,” said Congressman Malinowski in a press release last week. “The cowards who murdered her father and three other innocents in a kosher deli were driven to violence by hate. Heroes like Hailey’s father are on the front lines in what is becoming a national fight against violent extremism. As lawmakers, we owe it to them to give law enforcement the resources they need to respond to and prevent future acts of terror.”