NEW JERSEY (WTXF/AP) - Jim Whelan, a Democratic New Jersey state senator and former mayor of Atlantic City who worked to help revitalize the struggling seaside resort, has died. He was 68.
Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement on the passing of state Senator Jim Whelan:
"I am shocked and deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Senator Jim Whelan. Jim was a true friend, a confidant and champion for the people of South Jersey and the entire state. He gave so much of his life to public service, serving as a teacher, a councilman, as mayor, and for more than a decade in the Legislature fighting for policies to help improve the lives of the residents of the state. He was a man of integrity and honor, and he was a friend to all of us.
"I offer my sincere condolences to his wife, Kathy, their son Richard, and his entire family during this incredibly difficult time."