Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
FLORIO, James Joseph (1937-)

FLORIO, JAMES JOSEPH, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Brooklyn, N.Y., August 29, 1937; attended the public elementary schools in Brooklyn; received high school equivalency diploma from State of New Jersey; B.A., Trenton (N.J.) State College, 1962; graduate work, Columbia University, New York, 1962-1963; J.D., Rutgers University Law School, 1967; admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1967 and commenced practice in Camden; served in United States Navy, 1955-1958, ensign; lieutenant commander, United States Navy Reserve, 1958-1975; assistant city attorney for Camden City Legal Department, 1967-1971; solicitor for the New Jersey towns of Runnemede, Wood-Lynne, and Somerdale, 1969-1974; assemblyman, New Jersey State Legislature, 1970-1974; unsuccessful candidate for the nomination for Governor of New Jersey in 1977 and unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1981; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fourth and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1975, until his resignation January 16, 1990; elected Governor of New Jersey in 1989 and served from January 16, 1990, to January 18, 1994; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1993; is a resident of Gloucester Township, N.J.

Rutgers University
Special Collections and University Archives
New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: 1974-1980, 86 cubic feet.
The collection of James Joseph Florio contains congressional and personal papers, including photographs and memorabilia. A container list is available in the repository. The collection is partially restricted.


New Jersey State Archives
Trenton, NJ
Papers: In the New Jersey Legislative Counsel's Office Bill Files, 1992-1993, 91 boxes.
The bill files are part of Governor James J. Florio's papers. A finding aid is available in the repository.


Rutgers University
Center on the American Governor, Eagleton Institute of Politics
New Brunswick, NJ
Oral History: 2008, 25 pages.
An oral history interview of James J. Florio by Michael Aron conducted on October 8, 2008. A transcript of the interview is available in the repository and online.


University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication
Norman, OK
Videocassettes and Audiotape Reel: 1981-1989, 40 commercials on 13 videocassettes and 8 commercials on 1 audiotape reel.
The commercials were used during James Florio's campaigns for the 1981 and the 1989 gubernatorial elections in New Jersey, Democratic Party.

  • Aron, Michael. Governor's Race: A TV Reporter's Chronicle of the 1993 Florio/Whitman Campaign. N. p., 1994.