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Rep. Bob Franks, RIP


Oh, no. Rep. Bob Franks (R., N.J.) has passed away.

Robert Franks, a longtime New Jersey political leader who served four terms in Congress and led a resurgence of the state Republican party in the early 1990s, has died. He was 58.

Former aide Mike DuHaime says Franks died late Friday night at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Franks had recently been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, but further details were not disclosed.

A statement from Governor Christie:

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.

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