STATE — Former Assemblyman Stephen A. Mikulak, a resident of Colonia section of Woodbridge Township died Monday, June 16 at the JFK Medical Center in Edison.
Mikulak was a Republican who served two terms in the New Jersey General Assembly, from 1992 to 1996, where he represented Middlesex County’s 19th Legislative District, which had been a traditionally Democratic stronghold.
Mikulak won in the Republican landslide that followed Gov. Jim Florio’s $2.8 billion tax increase package, together with running mate Ernest L. Oros and Randy Corman in the Senate, defeating incumbent Democrat Thomas J. Deverin and his running mate Jay Ziznewski.
Oros was re-elected to the Assembly in 1993, together with Oros, though Corman lost his seat in the Senate to Democrat Jim McGreevey.
Mikulak sponsored legislation in the Assembly that would increase the speed limit on 400 miles (640 km) of state highways to 65 miles per hour (105 km/h) from the previous 55 miles per hour (89 km/h) limit, arguing that drivers were not respecting the lower speed limit and the fact that the highways had been constructed to accommodate the faster traffic.
On July 28, 1993, Florio signed a bill to impose the death penalty on terrorists convicted of killing anyone in New Jersey that was sponsored by Mikulak and passed with bipartisan support after visiting a room where four people had been killed in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
In the 1995 elections, Oros and Mikulak were unseated by Arline Friscia and John S. Wisniewski, two of the five seats that the Democrats picked up in that cycle.
Mikulak ran for the New Jersey Senate in 1997, losing to Democrat Joseph Vitale by a 60.2%-39.8% margin for the open seat vacated by Jim McGreevey.
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