WASHINGTON, D.C.U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) released the following statement today in reaction to news of the death of longtime former Mercer County Freeholder Paul Sollami, Jr.:

"It is with great sadness that I learned today of the passing of Freeholder Paul Sollami, Jr.  He was a tremendous public servant who dedicated his life to helping others and improving the lives of Trenton area residents as an elected member of Mercer County government, an attorney, and an Administrative Law Judge.  Seven times, the residents of Mercer County elected him to serve on the Board of Chosen Freeholders where he was instrumental in expanding the county park system, Mercer County Community College, and Mercer County Airport.  Paul was an All-State football player in high school, served in the U.S. Army, and fostered a passion for public service in his own children and everyone else he impacted.  I send my heartfelt condolences to his wife Roseann, his daughters Mercer County Clerk Paula Sollami Covello and Maryann Montenegro, and their entire family.  Paul Sollami, Jr. may have left us, but his legacy will live on for generations.”