TRENTON– Senate President Steve Sweeney issued the following statement Thursday on the passing of Monmouth County Democratic Leader Joseph P. Caliendo:

"The passing of Joseph Caliendo is a terribly sad loss for his family, friends and everyone who knew him. He was admired and he will be remembered for devoting so much of his life in selfless service to others. He was an effective leader for the Democratic Party, a strong labor leader who stood up for the rights of all workers and a man who cared about the needs of others. I extend my sincere condolences to his wife, his family and loved ones."