NJEA remembers Governor Jim Florio


NJEA sends its condolences to the family of Governor Jim Florio. He served as Governor of New Jersey from 1990 to 1994 after seven terms representing New Jersey in the United States House of Representatives and two terms in the New Jersey General Assembly.

NJEA leaders, President Sean M. Spiller, Vice President Steve Beatty, and Secretary-Treasurer Petal Robertson offered this remembrance:

“We offer our deepest condolences to Governor Florio’s family and loved ones. Our schools are safer and our environment is cleaner thanks to the governor’s leadership. Enacting the then-strictest ban on military assault weapons in 1990, Governor Florio kept these dangerous firearms out of reach of those who should never have them. As a member of Congress, he sponsored the Superfund Act leading to the cleanup of toxic sites throughout New Jersey and the country. His protection of the state’s Pinelands through legislation creating the Pinelands National Preserve is a lasting legacy for his leadership and an enduring treasure for generations to come. Governor Florio’s willingness to stand up for what he believed to be right rather than what was politically expedient remains a model for all who seek to lead and is a testament to his character.

Governor Jim Florio signs PL 1992, c. 126, a bill that provided state-paid retirement health benefits for educational support professionals and higher education employees. Left to right: Dr. James Reilly, then NJEA Director of Research and Economic Services, James Schroeder, then NJEA Associate Director of Government Relations, Dolores Corona, then NJEA Director of Government Relations, Governor Florio, Betty Kraemer, then NJEA President, and Robert Bonazzi, then NJEA Executive Director.

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