James Florio, the former Democratic governor of New Jersey, has died at the age of 85.
Florio, who formerly served in the United States House of Representatives, was lauded by his legal partner Doug Steinhardt and the current Democratic governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy.
“Governor Florio was a fighter who never backed down. He was a leader who cared more about the future of New Jersey than his own political fortunes,” stated Murphy in a statement.
In 1989, he defeated Republican Jim Courter and became the first Italian-American to serve as the state’s chief executive, according to MSN. “A Democrat, he made three unsuccessful bids for governor before ultimately prevailing in 1989,” the news source claimed.
“In 1990, when Florio pushed a $2.8 billion tax hike through the state legislature that extended the sales tax to, among other things, toilet paper, he faced severe criticism. It sparked huge voter dissatisfaction and led to the founding of Hands Across New Jersey, a grass-roots anti-tax organization whose symbol was a roll of toilet paper, the study stated.
Christie Whitman, a Republican, defeated Florio after one term.
Before becoming governor, Florio spent four years in the state Assembly and fifteen years in the House. In 2000, he ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic candidacy for the United States Senate, losing to investment banker Jon Corzine in one of the most costly Senate races ever. In that same year, Corzine was elected to the Senate, a position he maintained until 2005, when he was elected governor.
Former NJ governor and U.S. representative James Florio dies at 85 https://t.co/VrF6buOYz1
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Many social media users responded to the news of Florio’s death.
“We’re saddened to learn of the passing of former N.J. Gov. & Congressman James Florio. The UCI presented its 2018 Champion of the Ocean Award to Florio for his dedication to the environment and ocean during a life of public service that extended well after his time in office,” the Urban Coast Institute tweeted.
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“Among his achievements, Florio authored the Superfund Program and was instrumental in the passage of the Medical Waste Tracking Act as a congressman. As gov. he strengthened penalties for industrial water polluters & permanently ended the practice of ocean dumping of sewage sludge,” the group added.
Former Gov. Jim McGreevey tweeted blessings toward Florio.
“Governor Florio was such a good man, mentor, and friend,” McGreevey said. “May he rest in peace.” CONTINUE READING…