Pasta and Politics with Nick Acocella
The Eagleton Center on the American Governor was saddened to hear of the death of Nick Acocella. Nick was a friend of the Center and an invaluable resource on New Jersey politics and history. He was also an accomplished chef and TV personality, hosting an NJTV series titled Pasta & Politics with Nick Acocella that brought two of his loves together: on each episode, he would cook an Italian dish with a guest from the New Jersey political world.
A number of times over the course of the show’s four seasons, that guest was a sitting or former governor:
- In the series premiere, Nick’s very first guest was then-Governor Chris Christie.
- Later in that first season, former Governor Tom Kean joined Nick.
- Nick had two more former governors as guests in the second season, starting with former Governor Christine Todd Whitman.
- Finally, former Governor Dick Codey joined Nick in the third episode of season 2.
Nick’s family has announced that two more unaired episodes of the program will run on NJTV on consecutive Wednesdays, July 1 and 8, at 8:00 p.m.
We send our condolences to Nick’s family and friends.