Five months before he was planning to retire, New Jersey State Senator Jim Whelan has died after suffering a heart attack at his Atlantic City home.
State officials are remembering him as a dedicated public servant.
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg says Whelan was a role model for lawmakers.
“He seemed to be able to be part of the team, be part of the unified effort, and yet signal out the things that were important to him even if it was going against the tide a bit. He was an eminently decent man, full of integrity.”