New Jersey political power broker Steve Adobato Sr. dies at age 87

One of the major political power brokers in North Jersey over the past 40 years, Steve Adubato Sr., has died. He was 87.
Adubato Sr. founded a powerful political machine in the North Ward Center in the 1960s, influencing races and candidates at the city, county and state levels.
Adubato Sr. also founded Newark's North Ward Center 50 years ago, providing services to thousands of residents.
Adubato is survived by his wife Fran and three children, including News 12 Plus colleague Steve Adubato Jr.
Tributes to Adubato are pouring in from policy makers across the state. Senate President Steve Sweeney said today Adubato was "an extraordinary man.” Gov. Phil Murphy said Newark's rising is "a testament to his dedication."
Former Gov. Chris Christie tweeted, “He was a tireless fighter for quality education through his Robert Treat Academy charter school & no one cared more about Newark, NJ or its people. God bless Steve and his family."
Essex County Executive Joe Divincenzo said on Facebook, “I have known Steve for well over 40 years. He was a mentor for me when I worked at The North Ward Center and when I entered government. Today is a sad day because we have lost a visionary, a father, a leader and, most of all, a very dear friend."