Lee S. Lichtenberger, a former Hudson County Republican chairman, standing, has a word with Gov. Thomas H. Kean in 1986 at a cafeteria on 43rd Street in Union City. Looking on are: Assemblyman Ronald A. Dario, R-Union City, left; and Alliance President Robert Menendez. (
Lee S. Lichtenberger, a former Hudson County Republican Chairman who served in the 1980′s, died on Friday. He was 66.
Lichtenberger was elected chairman in 1984, and presided over a brief resurgence of the county’s GOP party, according to the New Jersey Globe.
Jose Arango, the current chairman of Hudson County, called him the “most successful Republican chairman in the history of Hudson County.”
“I’m probably the longest serving chairman in the history of Hudson County, but I haven’t had the opportunity to have the success he had,” Arango said. “Thanks to Lee and his vision, we had tremendous success. He was a great chairman.”
Lichtenberger was first elected as the Secaucus Republican Chairman in 1978. He served as the county chairman until 1988, during which the party had elected assemblymen and freeholders, and worked closely with Gov. Tom Kean, according to the New Jersey Globe.
He was replaced as chairman in 1988 by Aaron Shulman.
He went on to serve as a Republican State Committeeman from Hudson County from 1989 until 2009.
“Lee was the brother that I never had,” Arango said. “He’ll be missed.”
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