TRENTON, NJ – With the announcement of Senator Bob Gordon’s retirement from the legislature’s upper house to become a Commissioner on NJ's Board of Public Utilities, the question of his successor was decided. Assemblyman Joseph A. Lagana, an attorney from Paramus and one of the two assemblymen representing the 38th Legislative District, will be assuming Gordon’s role on the latter’s departure. LD38 includes Hawthorne as its sole Passaic County municipality. Fellow 38th Assemblyman Timothy Eustace, a chiropractor and former mayor of Maywood, sought Gordon’s seat as well, but has withdrawn his bid and endorsed Lagana.
“I have seen firsthand the tenaciousness with which Joe Lagana has fought for the people he serves, both in the New Jersey Assembly and previously as a councilman in Paramus,” Eustace said in a statement. “It is his unwavering commitment to our communities that has made him a great legislative partner and I am proud to give him my full support to be our next State Senator in the 38th Legislative District. I look forward to continuing to work alongside him just as we’ve done for the past four years. From fighting for education resources to protect our children’s future, to strengthening our local economy, and securing funding for essential local projects, Joe Lagana has stood up for the values and ideals we hold dear. I have no doubt that he will make an outstanding State Senator and continue to be a strong, tireless advocate for District 38 families.”
Joseph Lagana, a 39 year old Democrat, presently sits as Vice-Chairman of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, and also sits on the Environment and Solid Waste Committee and Telecommunications and Utilities Committee.
Senate President Steve Sweeney offered his praise for Senator Gordon in a statement. “As a senator representing the 38th Legislative District, Bob Gordon has been a tireless advocate for his district, for improving the state’s infrastructure and for expanding job opportunities and economic growth.”
Senator Gordon, former mayor of Fair Lawn, was the Chairman of the Transportation Committee and serves on the Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee; Intergovernmental Relations Commission; and Legislative Services Commission.
“Whether advocating for reforms within the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, fighting for Jersey commuters as a new midtown bus terminal is planned, or holding NJ Transit’s feet to the fire, Bob was at the forefront. He will be sorely missed in the Senate,” Sweeney said.
“I first want to thank Bob Gordon for his service to the people of New Jersey. He has been a dedicated advocate for all our state’s residents, not just those living in the 38th Legislative District,” said Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen). “On a personal level, I will miss his leadership on the Transportation Committee, his steadfast commitment to bring reforms to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and to NJ Transit. Bob never lost focus on what had to be done to improve our state’s infrastructure. He has been a valued colleague and a good friend. I wish him well.”
“Senator Gordon has served with distinction and accomplishment, providing smart leadership on a range of issues of importance to the residents of the 38th District, Bergen County and the State of New Jersey,” said Senate Budget Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen). “He was thoughtful and determined in his pursuit of the best policies and legislation. He will be missed in the Senate.”
Lagana will be sworn-in to the Senate at their legislative session Thursday, April 12.
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