The Camden County Board of Freeholders officially dedicated the current Waterfront Technology Center to former New Jersey Governor James Florio on Tuesday, August 8. The building will now be known as the Governor James J. Florio Center for Public Service.
“It is the honor of the Board of Freeholders to announce the renaming of the Waterfront Technology Center after Camden County’s own, former Governor James Florio,” said Freeholder Bill Moen, liaison to the Camden County Department of Buildings and Operations. “Based on his body of work that has benefited the region and our citizens we believe this is a fitting tribute to an iconic public servant.”
After being raised in Brooklyn, serving in the U.S. Navy, attending college at Trenton State College and completing graduate coursework at Columbia University, Gov. Florio chose to make Camden County his home while attending Rutgers Law School in Camden.
He represented New Jersey’s First Congressional District from 1975 to 1990, and served as Governor from 1990 to 1994. As a resident of the county, Gov. Florio embraced the residents and causes of Southern New Jersey, making sure our region received its fair share from Trenton in a variety of different areas.
“Governor Florio’s legacy reflects a lifetime of working to improve the lives of others and he has made an enormously positive impact on the lives of countless individuals throughout New Jersey and across the United States,” Moen said. “Whether it was superfund legislation or gun regulation the governor always strived to improve the quality of life for the people of New Jersey.”
This commemoration was the first act by the Freeholder Board in a series of dedications of prominent county buildings to New Jersey governors who have called Camden County home. Dedications in honor of Governors Alfred E. Driscoll and William T. Cahill are planned for the near future.