July 2, 1990 |
Thousands of residents gathered at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J., to protest a new package of higher taxes, taunting Gov. James J. Florio and President Bush with chants of "Florio, Bush read our lips: No new taxes!" The villain for most of the estimated 4,500 protesters was Florio, the Democratic governor who proposed a higher and expanded sales tax, a higher income tax, and increased taxes on items such as cigarettes and liquor. All but the income tax took effect Sunday.
October 20, 1993 |
Incumbent Gov. James J. Florio's lead over GOP challenger Christine Todd Whitman is slipping, but he's still 15 points ahead in their bitter battle for governor, according to a New York Times-WCBS-TV poll. The poll shows Florio favored by 49% of registered voters surveyed, compared to 34% for Whitman. The last Times-WCBS poll, taken three weeks earlier, showed Florio ahead, 51% to 30%.
November 22, 1993 |
The woman who served as liaison to the black community during Christine Todd Whitman's run for governor on Sunday rebutted claims by campaign manager Edward J. Rollins that she was told to tell black ministers not to preach against Whitman. The state's Democratic Party chairman said Sunday that they would seek to question Lonna Hooks as part of their lawsuit to overturn Whitman's narrow victory.
November 15, 1993 |
Gov.-elect Christine Todd Whitman visited two black churches on a fence-mending mission Sunday and heard sermons praising the way she handled allegations that her campaign paid black ministers to suppress black votes. "Our pulpits and our churches are not for sale," the Rev. DeForest B. Soaries Jr. told about 350 worshipers at First Baptist Church in Somerset. Whitman "was willing to affirm her belief in the integrity of the black church," Soaries said.
November 14, 1993 |
Republican officials released campaign finance documents Saturday to contradict claims that they spent $500,000 to hold down black turnout in the New Jersey governor's race. The documents from Gov.-elect Christine Todd Whitman's campaign, the Republican State Committee and the Republican Governor's Club cover spending from Oct. 1 to Nov. 11. Although they do not indicate that money was spent to suppress voting, they fail to provide all of the specifics. Whitman's campaign manager, Edward J.
June 29, 1988 |
Rep. James J. Florio (D-N.J.) said Tuesday that the role of former Assistant Navy Secretary Melvyn R. Paisley in the controversial award of a multibillion-dollar Aegis ship-defense system contract to Unisys is "deserving of intense scrutiny." The congressman, who had opposed the award when it was made in 1986, said subsequent disclosures in The Times and Defense News suggest that the contract was awarded for reasons "other than national security."