Former State Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Elizabeth) made the following statement on the death of former Governor Jim Florio:
“I served as Democratic State Chair during Governor Florio’s last two years in office. As Congressman, Florio was in the vanguard of environmental protection, sponsoring the Federal Superfund law which helped save New Jersey from being overrun by contaminated sites. As Governor, Florio sponsored a ban on assault weapons, again being ahead of his time.
“Governor Florio suffered re-election defeat because he had the courage to increase taxes to fulfill the New Jersey Supreme Court’s mandate to provide a thorough and efficient education for all students.
“Governor Florio was a once in a lifetime politician. May he rest in peace.”