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Gov. Jim Florio, left, debates Republican Christine Todd Whitman on October 4, 1993. Photo courtesy of C-SPAN.

Stockton to honor Florio, Whitman

By David Wildstein, August 21 2019 2:43 pm

Former Governors Jim Florio and Christine Todd Whitman – opponents in the 1993 gubernatorial election – will receive Distinguished Achievement Awards from the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy a Stockton University.

“These two outstanding New Jersey leaders embody the values of public service and civility in public affairs,” said former Assemblyman Edward H. Salmon (D-Millville), chairman of the Hughes Center Steering Committee.

The Hughes Center is named for William J. Hughes (D-Ocean City), who represented New Jersey’s 2nd district in Congress from 1975 to 1995 and later served as President Bill Clinton’s U.S. Ambassador to Panama.

Hughes and Florio both defeated four-term Republican congressmen in the 1974 Watergate landslide.

In 1993, Whitman ousted Florio by 26,093 votes, 49%-48%.

“It’s an honor for Stockton to host these two leaders, who have played crucial roles in shaping New Jersey public policy throughout their careers,” said Stockton University President Harvey Kesselman. “They remain role models for the values of civic involvement and civil discourse, which are hallmarks of Stockton’s mission.”

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