Celebrating the Legacy of Governor Jim Florio Article: A Conversation Between Friends - South Jersey Magazine

A message from Lester E. Taylor III, Esq.


Please join me in celebrating the legacy of one of our State’s most distinguished public servants and founding FPSF Partner, Hon. James J. Florio, by reading the following article published in the October 2017 issue of South Jersey Magazine, entitled "A Conversation Between Friends: After 30 Years Away, Gov. Jim Florio Comes Home to South Jersey" written by Sal Paolantonio.  Click the following link or see article below: https://sjmagazine.net/october-2017/a-conversation-between-friends


I have the distinct honor of referring to him not just as Governor, mentor and law partner – but most humbly, Friend.  Since joining Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader, LLC over a decade ago, I have witnessed first hand his mastery of legal, business and public policy issues affecting our State and Nation.  Gov. Florio’s intellectual capabilities are matched only by his empathy for people of all stations in life and the environment.   

As our State’s 49th Governor, he was a trailblazer by enacting laws such as:

  • Quality Education Act which provided greater equity in public school finance;
  • Health care cost reduction;
  • Implementing our nation’s toughest assault weapons ban; and
  • Expanding the scope of mass transit. 

Legislations signed into law by Gov. Florio in the early 90’s not only made our State a better and safer place to live, work and play, but in many instances, are still being debated across our State and Nation. 

Gov. Florio provided me with an opportunity to excel in the legal field;  Gov. Florio inspired me to become the 13th Mayor of the City of East Orange, NJ; Gov. Florio serves as an example for millions of people of all that is possible when one leads with a defined sense of integrity and purpose.

Thank you Governor and Congratulations!

Lester E. Taylor III, Esq. 
Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Fader, LLC 

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