Former New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox dies
Former New Jersey Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox has died.
Gov. Chris Christie released a statement Monday evening on Fox's death. "Jamie Fox was one of the most outstanding public servants I have had the honor to know. Regardless of party politics, he stepped forward time and again in service to our state... Mary Pat and I cannot fully express our gratitude for his friendship and his willingness to serve in my administration."
Fox served as the New Jersey commissioner of transportation under Gov. Jim McGreevey in 2002 and Gov. Christie in 2014. He also served as Gov. McGreevey's chief of staff from 2003 until McGreevey's resignation.
Former New Jersey Gov. Jim Florio says that Fox was well-liked among New Jersey's leaders.
"He was funny. He was irreverent. But anybody who ever worked with him admired him because he was diligent," Florio says.
New Jersey Assemblyman John Wisniewski says that he remembers how Fox used his amiable personality to get things done.
"Jamie Fox had an easygoing, infectious personality that was both very powerful and very disarming. And I think he used that personality to get a lot of good done for this state," the assemblyman says.
Prior to his death, Fox was under investigation by the Justice Department for his alleged involvement in helping to arrange a special flight for then-Port Authority Chairman David Samson through United Airlines. Fox had been a lobbyist and paid consultant for United. Samson pleaded guilty.
A private service is planned for Fox, who lived in Lambertville. Details about his death were not immediately made public. He was 62 years old.