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Standing on principle : lessons learned in public life / James J. Florio ; foreword by Senator Bill Bradley.

Author/Creator:
Florio, James J., 1937- author.
Publication:
New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
xiii, 296 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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Subjects:
Florio, James J., 1937-.
Governors -- New Jersey -- Biography.
Governors.
New Jersey.
Form/Genre:
Autobiographies.
Autobiographies.
Biography.
Summary:
"James J. Florio is best known as governor of New Jersey from 1990 to 1994. But his career in local, state, and national government is far more varied, and his achievements as a progressive reformer are more substantial than most realize. This political memoir tells the remarkable story of how Florio, a high school dropout who left to join the Navy as a teenager, went on to become an attorney, a state assemblyman, a congressman, and a governor. A passionate defender of the environment, Florio played a crucial role in the enactment of 1980s-era Superfund laws, which helped to clean up toxic waste sites in New Jersey and around the country. As governor, he fought for the groundbreaking Clean Water Enforcement Act. But his reforms quite literally came at a cost, as he raised New Jersey sales taxes and income taxes to balance the state budget. Florio reflects upon the challenges of meeting the state’s budgetary needs while keeping his tax-averse constituents happy. Standing on Principle reveals a politician who has never been afraid to take a progressive stand—including a firm stance against semiautomatic weapons that led gun lobbyists to bankroll his opponent. His story is sure to inspire readers from New Jersey and across the nation."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
The assault weapons ban
From Red Hook to Camden
Bitten by the political bug
The congressional years
If at first you don't succeed...
Lucinda
The third time is a charm
Meeting the challenges in Trenton
Bridging the partisan divide
From public life to private citizen
The issues I still care about.
Notes:
"Published in cooperation with the Center on the American Governor, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University"--Title page verso
Includes index.
Contributor:
Bradley, Bill, 1943- writer of foreword.
ISBN:
9780813594293
0813594294
9780813594309
0813594308
9780813594330
0813594332
9780813594316
0813594316
9780813594323
0813594324
OCLC:
1005199233