Essex County Democratic Chairman Phil Thigpen

Phil Thigpen, chairman of the Essex County Democratic Party, has died. A veteran leader of the party who had the respect of different factions in an often divided Essex, and in all corners of an extremely diverse county, Mr. Thigpen was 87. 

Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill said Mr. Thigpen was sometimes undervalued among volatile personalities because he refused to lose his cool. "He was a dear, dear friend," Gill said. "He gave me my start in public life. I would not have the opportunity to serve without his support. It is a huge, huge loss. He was not only a gentleman but he was a true leader."



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