Monday marked the last day in office for one of the most outspoken Republicans in the New Jersey Assembly.
After 39 years in public office, Assemblyman Joe Malone said he has no regrets about his decision to retire. For nearly 20 years, he has served as a state lawmaker.
“I’ve leaving here, I think, psychologically and emotionally fulfilled,” Malone said.
Malone was often critical of government spending during his tenure as the Assembly Republican budget officer. He said he’s pleased actions taken in the past year have slowed the growth of property tax increases.
“That has sent such an unbelievable message to the residents of the state of New Jersey that it is possible to get costs under control,” Malone said. “It is possible to rein in government.”
Malone said he’s looking forward to the future after holding public office for nearly four decades.
“Look. I’m young enough to be able to look at new horizons and new adventures,” he said. “I will be involved in some aspect of public life probably for as long as I live.”