"Tammy and I are shocked to learn of the sudden and unexpected passing of Tony Persichilli, former mayor of Pennington Borough and husband of Health Commissioner-nominee Judy Persichilli. As Pennington's longest-serving mayor, he was more than a fixture in his community, he was recognized and respected by all for his steady leadership and focus on preserving one of the state's true small downtown gems. I was honored to have Tony with us when we announced our intention to nominate Judy as our next Commissioner of the Department of Health, and I know he took as much pride in Judy's career of service as she did in his. Tony was not one to sit on the sidelines, even coming out of professional retirement to take on new challenges. He had a tremendous gift for service, and Pennington, Mercer County, and our state have all benefitted from his example. Tammy and I send our deepest heartfelt condolences to Judy and their entire extended family, as well as all who called Tony a friend -- which are many."