Ernest Reock Jr., an expert in N.J. government, dies at 93

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 04:29:32 AM. Ernest C. Reock Jr., a former Rutgers University professor known for his extensive knowledge in state government, died Sunday morning. He was 93.
NEW BRUNSWICK -- Ernest C. Reock Jr., a former Rutgers University professor known for his extensive knowledge of state government, died Sunday morning. He was 93. Reock, of the Kendall Park neighborhood of South Brunswick, died of complications from pneumonia at University Medical Center of Princeton in Plainsboro, his family said. Reock served as director of Rutgers University's Center for Government Services from 1960 until his retirement in 1992. He was known throughout the Garden State for his research in property taxes, legislative redistricting and other state government issues. In 1976, Reock created the New Jersey Legislative District Data Book, an informational resource on New Jersey's 565 municipalities, and continued to edit it annually. In its 230 pages are hundreds of thousands of facts and a million or so numbers. It offers contact information for legislators and includes tax rates, credit and bond ratings, school test scores, property values, budgets and revenues, among other facts. "I just like the numbers," Reock told The Star-Ledger in 2012. The informational book can now be searched online for data sets about population, poverty, crime, election results and other issues. Richard Novak, the university's vice president for continuing studies and distance education, called Reock an "indefatigable source of inspiration and insight." "For more than 65 years, Ernie helped both voters and government officials make more informed decisions about their communities,"...Read more
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