South Jersey Officials React to Death of Former New Jersey Governor Jim Florio

By Cherry Hill Courier Post, Carol Comegno and Jim Walsh, September 26, 2022

South Jersey officials paid tribute Monday to the life and public service legacy of James J. “Jim” Florio, beloved by Democrats in South Jersey as a politician and environmentalist who rose politically to become New Jersey governor.

The accolades followed reports Monday that Florio had died at the age of 85.

Florio, a high school drop out who made better than just good, rose from a job as assistant attorney for the city of Camden to become a state legislator and then a congressman before being elected as the 49th governor of the state in 1990 and the first Italian-American to hold that position.

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