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A History of New Jersey Governors

New Jersey Governors from 1970 to the present.

William T. Cahill William T. Cahill
1970-1974
Enhanced state services, combated crime, improved housing and education. Richard Stockton, Thomas Edison, and Ramapo Colleges opened during his administration.
   
Brendan Byrne Brendan Byrne
1974-1982
Passed the Pinelands Protection Act to limit development in this area, and oversaw the creation of NJ’s first statewide guide for development.
   
Thomas Kean Thomas Kean
1982-1990
Helped create the State Development and Redevelopment Plan, and created the Office of State Planning. Promoted tourism and education. Now President of Drew University.
   
James Florio James Florio
1990-1994
Signed the nation’s strongest clean water enforcement law, a comprehensive welfare reform package, and the nation’s toughest assault weapons ban.
   
Christine T. Whitman Christine T. Whitman
1994-2001
Became first female governor of New Jersey. Appointed by President George W. Bush as Administrator of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2001.
   
Donald DiFrancesco Donald DiFrancesco
2001-2002
NJ Senate President became Acting Governor on Jan 31, 2001, replacing Gov. Christie Whitman. Established a Domestic Security Task Force in response to Sept. 11 attacks.
   
Jim McGreevey Jim McGreevey
2002-2004
NJ State Senator and Assemblyman represented the 19th Legislative District - Middlesex County. Served as Mayor as Woodbridge.
   
Richard Codey Richard Codey
2004-2006
A strong advocate for stem cell research and mental health care. In 2005, when New Jersey adopted a constitutional amendment creating the office of Lieutenant Governor, Codey became the last person to serve simultaneously as Governor and Senate President.
   
Jon S. Corzine Jon S. Corzine
2006 - 2010
Represented New Jersey in the U.S. Senate. Governor Corzine brought his business acumen to state government focusing on reducing the state’s debt, property tax relief and improving education and health care.
   
Chris Christie Chris Christie
2010 -
A lifelong New Jerseyan, He was U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey in 2002 where he earned praise from both parties and drew national attention for battling political corruption, corporate crime, human trafficking, gangs, terrorism and polluters.