New Jersey State Senator and former Atlantic City Mayor Jim Whelan has died. His family made the announcement on his Facebook page Tuesday night. Whelan was 68. The cause of death was not revealed, although Whelan underwent surgery in July to remove a cancerous growth from his kidney. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie released a statement saying "During my nearly eight years in Trenton, I came to know Jim as a forthright and honest leader whose word was his bond," adding, "The current comeback of Atlantic City is due in no small parts to the efforts and passion of Jim Whelan." Whelan, a Democrat, recently announced he would not seek a fourth term of office.