TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman John Currie has released the following statement on the passing of Shirley Rice, who was the wife of State Senator Ronald Rice:

“On behalf of the NJDSC, I want to extend my deepest condolences to Senator Rice on the sudden passing of his beloved wife Shirley. In addition to being a wonderful wife to the Senator and mother to her children, Shirley Rice was an accomplished school administrator who made a positive impact on thousands of young men and women during her career. She will be greatly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with the Rice family during this tragic time.”