“Big” Joe Azzolina served Middletown and the Norhtern Monmouth bayshore regione in both the NJ State Senate and Assembly serving in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1992-2006 where he represented the 13th legislative district. He also served in the Assembly from 1986-1988 and from 1966-1972. Azzolina also served in the upper house of the New Jersey Legislature, the New Jersey Senate, from 1972-1973.
Mr. Azzolina served in the United States Naval Reserve from 1944-1986, Captain (Retired). As a reservist, he returned to active duty in 1983 for a tour of seven months – four of them off the coast of Lebanon – aboard the battleship USS New Jersey. He received three Meritorious Service Medals and two Navy Secretary Commendation Medals in addition to other combat awards and honors. As an Asemblyman, Azzolina led the effort to acquire the retired ship and have it docked in New Jersey waters where it has been transformed to a floating museum.
Joe Azzolina was also the founder and President of Food Circus Super Markets, which has many locations through out Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
Mr. Azzolina received a B.S. from Holy Cross College in (Naval Science) and attended the New York University Graduate School of Business where he earned his Masters Degree.
Joe will be missed greatly by all who know him.
I had the opportunity to meet him on several occasions and he was always a gentleman and was someone I grew to admire even though I really did not know him well. He always greeted me with a warm smile and a big hello whenever our paths crossed.
Joe Azzolina leaves behind his wife Lynn Azzolina and his six children sons Joe Jr.,Mark, Greg, John and daughters Mary Anne and Judith.
Mr. Azzolina was predeceased by another son Paul when the child was seven years old.