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Activism by Former New Jersey Governors

Posted at 2:38 pm February 18, 2016, in NJ Governors

BlogLogoI don’t know whether former governors in other states get together to issue joint policy statements from time to time, but they certainly do in New Jersey. Usually focused on environmental and land use issues, Governors Brendan Byrne, Tom Kean, Jim Florio and Christine Whitman – two Democrats and two Republicans who led the state from 1974 to 2001 – have publicly stated their view on a number of pending proposals and decisions over the years, usually gaining significant attention and often influencing the outcome.

This week, we see that type of long-term civic activism on two fronts. First, Governors Kean, Florio and Whitman are among 200 friends of John and Joyce Sheridan to call for reopening the investigation into their deaths. Then, today, three other former governors – Byrne along with Richard Codey and Jon Corzine (who served from 2004 to 2010) – have sent an open letter to Governor Christie urging him to critically examine the OMNIA Health Alliance initiated by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield “and take swift and strong executive action.” The letter appears as an op ed in today’s Star-Ledger.

– John Weingart