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Brendan T. Byrne, 93, Governor of New Jersey (1974-1982); arena namesake
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That Derek
2018-01-05 02:18:54 UTC
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Former NJ Gov. Brendan Byrne, 'the man the mob couldn't buy,' dead at 93

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Former two-term Gov. Brendan Byrne, who mobsters said was too ethical to be bribed and who authorized the law permitting gambling in Atlantic City, has died at age 93.

Byrne, a Democrat, died Thursday at a home in Livingston, his son Tom Byrne said. He suffered an infection that went into his lungs and "was too weak to fight," he son said.

Byrne built his reputation as a crusading prosecutor and held numerous governmental positions during more than 30 years of public service. He also signed New Jersey's first income tax into law and authorized the law permitting gambling in Atlantic City during his two terms as the state's chief executive.

He won his first term as governor in 1973, beating Republican state Rep. Charles W. Sandman Jr. by more than 700,000 votes. His campaign was helped by an FBI surveillance tape that showed mobsters discussing how Byrne, the Essex County prosecutor in the 1960s, was too ethical to be bribed.

In a New York Post headline, Byrne was proclaimed "The Man the Mob Couldn't Buy." That slogan ended up on bumper stickers that reminded voters in the Watergate era that not all politicians were unscrupulous.

After taking office, Byrne began to tackle the contentious issue of how to finance the state's public education system after a 1973 state Supreme Court decision declaring that the state's method of funding public education through local property taxes, along with state and federal aid, violated a clause in the state Constitution guaranteeing a "thorough and efficient" education.

Byrne proposed the income tax to satisfy the court's order, but the idea was unpopular with residents and lawmakers and was not approved by the Legislature until July 1976, after the court ordered all public schools closed until a new funding source was in place.

Despite the controversy over the income tax, Byrne easily won re-election in 1977, beating GOP state Sen. Raymond H. Bateman by nearly 300,000 votes.
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2018-01-05 02:32:52 UTC
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The term “thorough and efficient” always quoted, as if it were part of the state Constitution. It wasn’t. The NJ Supreme Court legislated from the bench. It should’ve been reversed when Tom Kean became governor, but both he and Christie Whitman endorsed activist liberal judges in their two terms. Every state where the Republicans echoed the Democrats legislative agenda, is today a solid blue state.
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Hank M
2018-01-06 13:31:02 UTC
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The term “thorough and efficient” always quoted, as if it were part of the state Constitution. It wasn’t. The NJ Supreme Court legislated from the bench. It should’ve been reversed when Tom Kean became governor, but both he and Christie Whitman endorsed activist liberal judges in their two terms. Every state where the Republicans echoed the Democrats legislative agenda, is today a solid blue state.
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You're wrong. It is part of the State Constitution. Article VIII, Section IV, Paragraph 1 states as follows: "The Legislature shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of free public schools for the instruction of all children in the State between the ages of five and eighteen years."

You and your fellow conservatives are free to criticize "activist liberal judges" for how they interpreted this mandate, but you're not free to invent facts.
Kenny McCormack
2018-01-06 13:44:17 UTC
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The term “thorough and efficient” always quoted, as if it were
part of the state Constitution. It wasn’t. The NJ Supreme Court
legislated from the bench. It should’ve been reversed when Tom Kean
became governor, but both he and Christie Whitman endorsed activist
liberal judges in their two terms. Every state where the Republicans
echoed the Democrats legislative agenda, is today a solid blue state.
You're wrong. It is part of the State Constitution. Article VIII,
Section IV, Paragraph 1 states as follows: "The Legislature shall
provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient
system of free public schools for the instruction of all children in
the State between the ages of five and eighteen years."
You and your fellow conservatives are free to criticize "activist
liberal judges" for how they interpreted this mandate, but you're not
free to invent facts.
Conservatives invent facts all the time.

They'd be completely lost if they didn't (i.e., couldn't) do so.
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