Former Govs. Jim Florio and Christie Whitman were presented with a distinguished lifetime achievement award.
Florio’s award, administered by Stockton University’s Hughes Center for Public Policy, was presented by Senate President Steve Sweeney.
“Jim Florio is one of New Jersey’s most distinguished public figures whose stature has continued to grow over the years,” Sweeney. “Governor Florio’s commitment to public service did not end when he left office and that is one of the many reasons he deserves this Lifetime Achievement award. It’s not an action but a spirit that defines him. He was born a fighter, and I am glad he chose to make the people of New Jersey his fight.”
Both former governors made strides on environmental issues.
The two join former Govs. Thomas Kean and Brendan Byrne, who were previously presented with the same award.
“It’s an honor for Stockton to host all of these distinguished state leaders in one room, at one time,” said Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman. “Governor Florio, Governor Whitman and the Senate President, represent the past and present shapers of New Jersey public policy and all are role models for the values of civic involvement and civil discourse, a hallmark of the Hughes Center’s mission.”