James ‘Jim’ Florio Death, Former New Jersey Governor died at 85, Death, Exited

Jim Florio Death, Obituary – James ‘Jim’ Joseph Florio, an American Democratic politician and 49th governor of New Jersey died from heart failure at a hospital in Voorhees, New Jersey. According to report, James Florio passed away at the age of 85, on September 25, 2022.

Jim Florio served as the governor of New Jersey from 1990 to 1994, the first American of Italian descent to hold the position. He served as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1970 to 1975 and in the United States House of Representatives between 1975 and 1990.

Florio was one of three children, all sons, born to Lillian Ellen (née Hazell) Florio (June 18, 1917 – May 2, 2000) and Vincenzo [later Vincent Joseph] Florio (May 12, 1914 – April 7, 1994), who wed in 1936.

James and his brothers were raised in the Kensington subsection of Flatbush in Brooklyn, New York. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Scottish, Irish, and German descent. He attended Erasmus Hall High School in Flatbush.

Florio received a Bachelor of Arts in social studies from Trenton State College in 1962, started graduate studies in public law and government at Columbia University under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and earned a Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law–Camden in 1967.

After graduating from law school, he volunteered to work for the Democratic Party and was mentored by past Camden Mayor Angelo Errichetti. Florio was an amateur boxer. He served as an enlisted man in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1958, and afterwards was a reservist until 1975 eventually achieving the rank of lieutenant commander.

After being admitted to the bar, he became the assistant city attorney for the City of Camden, a position he would hold until 1971. He was the borough solicitor for the New Jersey towns of Runnemede, Woodlynne, and Somerdale from 1969 to 1974.

In both 1969 and 1971, Florio was elected to represent the 3rd Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly, covering portions of Camden County, each time with Democratic running mate John J. Horn, whom Florio had served as a legislative aide while he was still in law school.

He was elected in 1973, together with Ernest F. Schuck, to represent the 5th Legislative District in the General Assembly, which covered portions of Camden County and Gloucester County; Florio resigned in 1975 to take a seat in the U.S House of Representatives.

In November 1974, Florio was elected to the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey’s 1st congressional district, defeating incumbent John E. Hunt. He served from January 3, 1975, until January 16, 1990, when he resigned to take the oath of office to serve as governor.

Florio was married twice: first to Maryanne Spaeth until their divorce, and then to Lucinda Coleman from 1988 until his death. He had three children

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