November 27, 2023

Former NJ Congressman Dies at 93

Herbert C. Klein is a very successful attorney from New Jersey.

At one point, he also served in Congress, serving just one term from 1993-95.

During that time, he became an ally of some of the most powerful Democrats we know, including the Clintons and Bidens.

He’s Gone

Klein actually started his political career in 1971, running for a seat in the New Jersey State Assembly.

Democrats made a big move in that election, with Klein ousting a Republican incumbent as well as picking up 20 seats, effectively turning then-Governor Cahill into a lame duck.

Klein defended his seat in 1973, but he ended up losing in 1975, as Republicans took back most of the seats that were won by Democrats during the Watergate scandal.

Among his many other accomplishments, Klein served as counsel to the Passaic County Parks Commission, the vice chairman of the Passaic County Democratic organization when Betty McNamara Kordja was county chair, and was a delegate to the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

State Rep. Pascrell (D-Paterson) stated, “Herb Klein was one of a kind. A dedicated public servant, a brilliant lawyer, and my close friend. I will miss his wisdom and I will miss his counsel.

“Herb was a pillar in our community who helped lay the groundwork for the Passaic County Democratic Party to grow and thrive. His experience as a congressman was invaluable to me when I ran for his House seat and set up my federal office.”

Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy also offered their condolences.

The couple stated, “Herb was a dedicated public servant who always put his constituents first. Among his achievements, he wrote legislation that established the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and co-authored major banking legislation in Congress.

“He will be remembered for his devotion to his alma mater, Rutgers University, as well as his contributions to the New Jersey State Association of Jewish Federations and the New Jersey-Israel Commission.

“Our hearts go out to his family, his wide circle of friends, and all who knew him. He will be sorely missed.”

Biden was away, again, over Thanksgiving Day weekend, so we would expect a statement from him as well as the Clintons in the near future on Klein’s death.

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