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Former New Jersey Commissioner of Personnel Andrew Weber. (Photo: Mount Laurel Home for Funerals).

Andrew Weber, Florio’s chief counsel, dies at 74

Former Gloucester county counsel served in Florio’s cabinet as Commissioner of Personnel

By David Wildstein, November 22 2022 4:46 pm

Andrew Weber, who served as chief counsel to Gov. Jim Florio from 1990 to 1992, died on October 22.  He was 74.

Weber’s passing came 27 days after Florio’s death.

He served as Gloucester County Counsel from 1980 until joining the Florio administration in January 1990.  He also served as a municipal prosecutor in Washington Township and Glassboro and as chairman of the Lindenwold Rental Control Board in the 1970s and became the solicitor to the Lindenwold Zoning Board in 1978.

After Florio’s election in 1989, Weber’s name appeared on a short list of potential candidates for attorney general, but the job went to former U.S. Attorney Robert Del Tufo.  Weber was instead named to another cabinet post: Commissioner of Personnel.  The State Senate unanimously confirmed his nomination.

Nine months into his administration, Florio shuffled his senior staff and named his chief counsel, John Sweeney, a former assemblyman from Burlington County, to head the state Division of Gaming Enforcement.  Florio named the 42-year-old Weber as his new chief counsel.

Weber resigned in 1992 to join a private law firm and was replaced by Robert DeCotiis.   Florio then named him to the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and designated him as chairman.

Later, Weber served as counsel to the New Jersey Conference of Mayors, as interim executive director of the Willingboro Municipal Utilities Authority, as a trustee of Cooper Hospital, and as the Mount Laurel Democratic Municipal Chairman.

He is survived by his wife, Rita, and two children.

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