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Governor Brendan T. Byrne Forums and Interviews

The Center on the American Governor holds extensive materials documenting the administrations of former New Jersey governors. Each section contains video recordings and transcripts of interviews conducted with key administration members and others whose first-hand accounts and observations can contribute to public understanding of an individual governor’s record as well as, more generally, the office of chief executive within the state.

Videos are available in these categories:

Individuals who played more than one role during Governor Byrne’s eight years in the State House are listed under each applicable category. Also noted are other relevant positions the interviewee held before the administration or in later years. Similarly, individuals with significant experience during more than one administration are cross-listed on the Interview page within the archive for each relevant governor.

 

Forums:
Opening Colloquium on the Byrne Administration
New Jersey Meadowlands the Sports Complex
NJ Governors and the Supreme Court
Atlantic City History and Politics
NJ Elections and Politics Roundtable  
Governor Brendan T. Byrne Biography Celebration

 

Governor:
Brendan T. Byrne

 

 

Executive Staff:
Charles Carella Executive Secretary to the Governor

See also Cabinet & Sub-Cabinet
See also Family, Friends & Business Associates
Robert Comstock Communications Director

See also Journalists & Academic Observers
John Degnan Executive Secretary; Counsel and Assistant Counsel to the Governor

See also Cabinet & Sub-Cabinet
Jerry F. English Legislative Counsel

See also Cabinet & Sub-Cabinet
Fariborz S. Fatemi Assistant to Governor Brendan Byrne
Michael Fedorko Chief, Governor’s Security Unit; Acting Superintendent, NJ State Police; Commissioner, NJ Casino Control Commission
Alan Handler Counsel to the Governor

See also Judiciary
Harold Hodes Chief of Staff
Lewis Kaden*
Counsel to the Governor
Henry Luther* Executive Secretary to the Governor; Executive Director, NJ Lottery Commission; Manager for 1977 campaign
Robert E. Mulcahy III
Chief of Staff

See also Cabinet & Sub-Cabinet
Daniel J. O’Hern*
Counsel to the Governor

See also Cabinet & Sub-Cabinet
Clinton Pagano Superintendent, State Police; Executive Director, NJ Motor Vehicle Division
Stewart Pollock Chief Counsel to the Governor

See also Judiciary

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Cabinet & Sub-Cabinet:
Timothy Carden Commissioner, Department of Human Services; Cabinet Secretary
Charles Carella Executive Director, NJ Lottery Commission

See also Executive Staff. See also Family
Linda Cooper NJ Department of Labor & Industry; State Energy Office

See also Political Advisors & Party Officials
John Degnan Attorney General

See also Executive Staff
Robert J. Del Tufo Attorney General; U.S. Attorney for NJ
Jerry F. English Commissioner, NJ Department of Environmental Protection

See also Executive Staff
Louis Gambaccini Commissioner, NJ Department of Transportation
Clifford Goldman State Treasurer
Edward T. Hollander Chancellor, NJ Department of Higher Education
Orin Kramer Special Assistant to Treasurer; Chair, NJ Investment Council

See also Executive Staff
Richard C. Leone State Treasurer

See also Political Advisors & Party Officials
Richad McGlynn Public Utilities Commissioner
Daniel J. O’Hern* 
Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection

See also Executive Staff
Glenn Paulson Assistant Commissioner, NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection
Alan Sagner Commissioner, NJ Department of Transportation; Chairman, Port Authority of NY and NJ

See also Political Advisors & Party Officials
Patricia Sheehan Commissioner, NJ Department of Community Affairs; Executive Director, Hackensack Meadowlands Commission
Stanley C. Van Ness Public Advocate
Betty Wilson Assistant Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection; Chair, NJ Pinelands Commission

See also Legislators & Legislative Staff
James Zazzali Attorney General

See also Judiciary
Carl Zeitz Commissioner, NJ Casino Control Commission

See also Journalists & Academics

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Legislators & Legislative Staff:
Raymond Bateman NJ State Senator and Senate President

See also Other Political Figures
Albert Burstein NJ State Assembly Member and Majority Leader
Richard J. Codey NJ Governor, 11/2004 – 1/2006; NJ State Senator and Senate President; NJ State Assemblyman
Richard Coffee NJ State Senator
Executive Director, NJ Assembly Democrats

See also Political Advisors & Party Officials
James P. Dugan NJ State Senator

See also Political Advisors & Party Officials
James J. Florio NJ State Assemblyman, 1970-1974;
US Representative, 1975-1990;
NJ Governor, 1990-1994
Martin L. Greenberg 
NJ State Senator

See also Political Advisors & Party Officials
William Hamilton NJ State Assembly Member and Speaker; NJ State Senator
Jeffrey Laurenti Executive Director, NJ Senate Democrats
Gordon MacInnes 
Assemblyman; NJ State Senator; Assistant Commissioner, NJ Department of Education
Harold Martin NJ State Assembly Member; Bergen County Freeholder
Frank McDermott NJ State Senator and Senate President

See also Other Political Figures
Steven Perskie Assemblyman; State Senator
Betty Wilson Assemblywoman

See also Cabinet & Sub-Cabinet

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Judiciary:
Martin L. Greenberg 
Superior Court Judge

See also Legislators
Alan Handler Associate Justice, NJ Supreme Court

See also Executive Staff
Daniel J. O’Hern*
Associate Justice, NJ Supreme Court

Counsel to the Governor

See also Executive Staff
Stewart Pollock Associate Justice, NJ Supreme Court

See also Executive Staff
James Zazzali Chief Justice and Associate Justice, NJ Supreme Court

See also Cabinet & Sub-cabinet

 

Political Advisors & Party Officials:
Michael J. Breslin, Jr. Former Democratic party chairman
Thomas Cochran Special Assistant for healthcare and education on finance issues
Richard Coffee Chair, NJ Democratic State Committee

See also Legislators & Legislative Staff
Linda Cooper Campaign Staff

See Cabinet & Sub-Cabinet
James P. Dugan NJ State Democratic Chairman

See also Legislators & Legislative Staff
Martin L. Greenberg 
Political Director, 1973 Campaign

See also Family, Friends & Business Associates
Orin Kramer Issues Director, 1973 Campaign; Chair, NJ Investment Council

See also Cabinet & Sub-Cabinet
Richard C. Leone Campaign manager, 1973 and 1977 Campaigns

See also Cabinet & Sub-Cabinet
Kenneth McPherson Political Adviser; Commissioner, Port Authority of NY & NJ; Chair, Hudson Waterfront Study Commission
Alan Sagner Finance Chairman, 1973 Campaign

See also Cabinet & Sub-Cabinet

 

Other Political Figures:
Raymond Bateman Republican gubernational nominee against Byrne in 1977

See also Legislators & Legislative Staff
Barry Evenchick Deputy attorney general; Chief, appellate section of the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice; Chairman of the Motor Vehicle Study Commission for the State of New Jersey; Adjunct faculty, Rutgers Law School – Newark.
Frank McDermott Chair, Sandman gubernatorial campaign against Byrne in 1973

See also Legislators & Legislative Staff
Richard McGlynn Republican gubernatorial primary candidate in 1982; Assistant Essex County Prosecutor under Prosecutor Byrne; Commissioner, NJ Board of Public Utilities
Lewis B. Thurston III Executive Director, NJ Senate Republicans; Executive Director, NJ Election Law Enforcement Commission; Chief of Staff for Governor Thomas H. Kean; Vice President, NJ Sports & Exposition Authority

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Lobbyists & Trade Group Representatives:
William Faherty                 Executive Vice President, Government Relations, Fidelity Union Bank; President, NJ Chamber of Commerce
Daniel Gaby Media Adviser; Vice Chair and Member, NJ State Board of Education
Joseph Katz Media Adviser and Lobbyist; Cabinet Secretary for Governor Hughes
Edward F. Meara, III Executive Director, Mercer County Chamber of Commerce

 

Journalists & Academic Observers:
Robert Comstock Executive Editor, Bergen Record

See also Executive Staff
Alan Rosenthal Professor, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University
Carl Zeitz State House Bureau Chief, Associated Press Editorial Page Editor, Bergen Record

See also Cabinet & Sub-Cabinet

 

Family, Friends & Business Associates:
Tom Byrne Chair, NJ Democratic State Party
Charles Carella Assistant Essex County Prosecutor under Prosecutor Byrne; Byrne law firm partner

See also Cabinet & Sub-Cabinet
Martin L. Greenberg 
Assistant Essex County Prosecutor under Prosecutor Byrne; President, Golden Nugget Casino-Hotel; Superior Court Judge; Byrne law partner
Sanford M. Jaffe Assistant Prosecutor; Chief, Appellate Section under Essex County Prosecutor Byrne

*The interviews marked with an asterisk were filmed in a format that can no longer be displayed for technological reasons. The Center on the American Governor is in the process of transferring these interviews to a new format. As they become available, they will be added to the site and the links on this page will become active. Transcripts are available in some cases.

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