DENVILLE, N.J. (August 9, 2014) Joan Bramhall, who was a member of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's transition team, has died in what police say was a murder-suicide.
Bramhall was shot to death by her husband John, who then shot himself, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said.
A family member found the bodies on Thursday.
Joan Bramhall, 74, was a former Morris County clerk who was well-known in Republican political circles.
She retired in December.
In a statement, Christie hailed Bramhall as an "outstanding public servant but an even better person."
"She was an extraordinarily selfless and generous person to friends and family alike. She honored me and Mary Pat with her friendship for the last 20 years,” Christie said.
Bramhall’s daughter, Lorraine "Lori" Bramhall, said John Bramhall believed his wife of 54 years was suffering from dementia.
She said her parents had experienced "enormous stress" in recent weeks.
She says her estranged father obtained domestic violence restraining orders against her and three of her adult children Wednesday, the day before her parents died.
Those orders were dismissed Friday.