RIP: David Rebovich, professor of political science at Rider University

David RebovichMy alma mater, Rider University, and the New Jersey political scene lost a true giant today when David Rebovich, professor of political science and managing director of Rider’s Institute for New Jersey Politics, died after suffering a heart attack while teaching a class. He was 58.

Rebovich, called “The Answer Man” by the New York Times, was a media favorite for his knowlege of the New Jersey political scene. It seemed I heard his voice in a sound bite two or three times a week on radio station NJ 101.5 FM, discussing a wide array of topics dealing with politics in the Garden State. He also generated a ton of media hits for Rider.

Last year, Dave was listed as the 16th most powerful figure in state politics by (for which he also served as a columnist).

I had the pleasure of creating the first version of the Institute for New Jersey Politics’ Web site back when I was the content coordinator for Rider’s Web site. He was just a cool guy and he really enjoyed talking about the wacky world of Jersey politics.

Dave was also dean of Rider’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences back when I was a student, and he helped me out with some paperwork a few times.

I would like to offer my condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues at Rider University.

Here are some links:

Rider University: In Memoriam – David Rebovich (The Times of Trenton): Rider professor and political analyst Rebovich dies David Rebovich dies and More kind words for David Rebovich

N.J. Campaigns & Elections: New Jersey political icon Rebovich dead

The Associated Press (via Respected political analyst Rebovich dies

And here is a Google News search full of related stories.


Photo courtesy of Rider University.