Source http://www.nj.com by Star-Ledger Staff
Friday October 12, 2007, 4:20 PM
Photo Courtesy of Rider
A Rider University professor who was well-known as a
commentator on New Jersey politics died this morning of a heart attack.
David Rebovich, the managing director of the Rider
University Institute for New Jersey Politics and frequent media commentator, was
"David suffered a massive heart attack this morning
while teaching his Political Science 102 Class in the Fine Arts Building on the
Lawrenceville campus," Rider President Mordechai Rozanski said in a
statement released by the university. "The Lawrence Township ambulance was
called and administered CPR before taking him to Helene Fuld Hospital in
Trenton, where he died a short time later."
Rebovich, who grew up in Perth Amboy and was a resident of
Hamilton, earned a BA from Johns Hopkins Univeristy and an MA and PhD from
Rutgers University in political science.
"David Rebovich was a widely respected presence in New
Jersey's political scene, offering insight that was universally acknowledged as
nonpartisan, fair and vital to the public discourse," Gov. Jon Corzine
said in a statement. "During a lifetime in politics, David Rebovich's
enthusiasm and idealism never waned."
Rebovich wrote a blog on politicsnj.com and was often quoted
on TV, radio and newspapers, including The Star-Ledger.
"David Rebovich's passing leaves a major void in New
Jersey politics," state Republican Chairman Tom Wilson said in a
statement. "He was an honest, perceptive and passionate observer of
politics here and his opinion was deservedly sought after. David was the rare
academic whose insights reflected the complex realities of politics. His level
of understanding, insight and knowledge made him the undisputed Dean of
political observers in New Jersey."
"David Rebovich was one of a kind," said Joe
Cryan, chairman of the Democratic State Committee. "He was an academic who
understood the real world of New Jersey politics and he was a political
scientist who knew that politics is much more than science.