MENDHAM, NJ – A former mayor of Mendham Borough received a special tribute Wednesday from Governor Phil Murphy during his daily COVID-19 press conference.
Murphy honored former Mendham Borough councilman and mayor Robert Mulcahy III, 85, as one of two New Jerseyans “who have played vital roles in our state.”
Along with the other person he remembered, Thomas Gallagher – the chief financial officer of the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance – Murphy described Mulcahy’s death as “the death of a giant”.
Mulcahy was best known as the athletic director of Rutgers University, Murphy said, who “paved the way for Rutgers to enter the Big 10 conference.” He also named Mulcahy’s other accolades, including his role as head of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, chairman of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, chief of staff to Governor Brendan Byrne, and New Jersey’s first commissioner of corrections. .
Murphy also mentioned Mulcahy’s role on Mendham Borough Council, saying, “You talk about a life of service, amazing.”
“A larger than life guy, he has done a lot throughout his career and accomplished so much more, we are grateful for his many years of public service,” Murphy added.
Mulcahy died Feb. 8, according to his obituary. He lived in Mendham with his family, including his wife Terry and their seven children, for 37 years, having served on council and then as mayor, before moving to Basking Ridge in 1999.
Mulcahy and his late wife were close friends of New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, Murphy said at the conference.
There was also a special post in memory of Mulcahy on Murphy’s Facebook page:
Watch the segment with Murphy’s tribute to Mulcahy below:
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