WASHINGTON - Hailey Seals of Cranford, NJ will join Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-7th) as his guest at the Feb. 4th State of the Union Presidential address to Congress.

She is the oldest child of Detective Joe Seals who lost his life in the line of duty on Dec. 10 to armed extremists who were  targeting law enforcement and people of Jewish faith.
“I admire Hailey’s bravery in coming to Washington to honor her father’s ultimate sacrifice,” Malinowski said. “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.”  

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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 graduate of Cranford High School and a freshman at Kean University.