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Former First Lady of New Jersey Lucinda Florio and her husband, Jim, after voting in 1989. (David Wildstein Collection).

Lucinda Florio Tributes

By David Wildstein, November 16 2022 4:29 pm

GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY AND FIRST LADY TAMMY MURPHY

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former First Lady Lucinda Florio, not even two months after the passing of her husband, the late Governor Jim Florio. As First Lady, she broke from convention by choosing to be an active partner in governing, creating the Office of the First Lady, and earning praise in one news report for her ‘enthusiasm, curiosity, and quiet tenacity.’

“An educator, she used her platform to focus on children’s literacy and health and was a steadfast champion for women’s rights and remained an advocate for numerous organizations and causes for the rest of her life.  It was also under her watchful eye that Drumthwacket evolved from being a stately mansion to a home that truly welcomed all New Jerseyans.

“We have lost a friend and our state has lost an exemplary leader. We send our condolences to her son, Mark, his immediate family, the extended Florio family, and to all who knew and loved Lucinda. Flags will be directed to fly at half-staff in her honor and memory.”

ASSEMBLY MAJORITY LEADER LOUIS GREENWALD

“It’s with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of former First Lady Lucinda Florio, just 52 days after the loss of her husband James. I send my condolences to her family. We know that her impact on the education community will live on for generations to come.”

FORMER SENATE PRESIDENT STEVE SWEENEY

“Lucinda Florio brought warmth and grace to her role as First Lady of New Jersey. She redefined what it meant to be First Lady by being a leading advocate for childhood education and literacy programs that ensured New Jersey’s children would receive a first-class education.  Her death so soon after Jim’s is a tragedy for the Florio family, friends, and all who knew her and admired her.”

CONGRESSMAN DONALD NORCROSS

“I’m saddened by the news of the passing of former First Lady Lucinda Florio. She was a tireless advocate for quality education for all of New Jersey’s children. My deepest condolences to her family, her loved ones, and everyone who knew her.”

FORMER BOARD OF PUBLIC UTILITIES PRESIDENT JEANNE FOX

“Lucinda was a wonderful partner with Jim Florio – they were well matched in so many ways. Lucinda was very active in the community when living in Metuchen. God bless her and Jim.”

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