Remembering Jim Florio, former New Jersey governor and friend to the casino industry

Remembering Jim Florio, former New Jersey governor and friend to the casino industry

Article brief provided by NJ Online Gambling
  • John Brennan, NJ Online Gambling
September 26, 2022 10:02 PM
  • John Brennan, NJ Online Gambling
  • New Jersey
  • Commercial Casinos

Jim Florio, a Democrat who served as governor of New Jersey from 1990-1994, died on Sunday night at age 85.

As the third governor of the state since casino gambling came to Atlantic City in 1978, Florio was seen as more of a friend to the industry than Republican predecessor Thomas Kean. The industry was so eager for Florio to be of assistance that it published a “wish list” of measures just days after the November 1989 election.

Trump Plaza Casino Hotel President Jack O’Donnell said at the time, “Certainly [Florio] getting involved in the redevelopment of the infrastructure in this area is critical.”