Michael Yun, who since 2013 represented Ward D in the Jersey City Council, died from coronavirus complications, state officials announced April 6.
“The guy loved Jersey City. He was a dedicated public servant. The kind of guy that you wanted on your side, you didn’t want to be in opposition to because he’s relentless. It’s a big hole in Jersey City, to say the least,” Mayor Steve Fulop told NJTV News.
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, during his April 6 coronavirus update, honored Yun as a “respected leader, good man, great professional, terrific husband, father and grandfather.”
City Councilman Richard Boggiano, who knew Yun for about 40 years, said he was “heartbroken” about the death of his friend and colleague. Boggiano said he spoke to him while he was in the hospital, up until he was put on a ventilator.
“I’m disgusted. It’s sad the people that are dying. All I know is I lost a good friend,” Boggiano said. “You know what’s sad? You can’t have a funeral, you can’t pay your respects.”
Boggiano said he found a common bond with Yun over their devotion and love for the city they served.
“He shared the same concerns I share about the people of Jersey City – Jersey City first,” Boggiano said. “We cared about people and we cared about taking care of the neighborhoods.”
Jersey City Chief Prosecutor Jake Hudnut said in a tweet that his “heart is broken” by the news.
Yun came to the U.S. in 1981 to attend school, according to the Jersey City website. The following year, he and his wife Jennifer Yun opened Garden State News in Jersey City. He was elected to the council in 2013.
It’s w/a heavy heart that we share that Councilman Yun has passed away. He was a great co worker and a tireless advocate for the people of #JerseyCity – More than that he was a great father, husband, and grandfather. I can speak for the entire JC community that we are devastated
— Steven Fulop (@StevenFulop) April 6, 2020