New Jersey Future Honors Brendan Byrne
CONTACT: Dan Fatton, (%20dfattonnjfutureorg) Director of Outreach and Development
(609) 393-0008 ext. 105
PRINCETON — Brendan T. Byrne — whose governorship was marked by landmark measures that protected the Pinelands, enhanced mass transit and promoted urban revitalization — was honored by New Jersey Future at a reception at the Morven Museum & Gardens on Nov. 20.
More than 125 guests, including many cabinet members and legislators who served during Byrne’s two terms in office (1974-1982), joined in celebrating the former governor’s accomplishments, including adoption of the Pinelands Protection Act; establishment of NJ Transit, the first statewide public transit agency in the nation; and restoration of the Hudson waterfront, highlighted by the opening of Liberty State Park.
The Byrne administration also ushered in a new era in New Jersey governance, with the state assuming a larger share of financing public education, and taking on increased responsibility for economic development and environmental protection.
Governor Byrne regaled attendees with stories from his days governing the state, and living in Morven with his family. New Jersey Future Executive Director Peter Kasabach recognized Governor Byrne’s legacy, citing his “integrity, foresight and leadership.”
New Jersey Future is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that brings together concerned citizens and leaders to promote responsible land-use policies. The organization employs original research, analysis and advocacy to build coalitions and drive land-use policies that help revitalize cities and towns, protect natural lands and farms, provide more transportation choices beyond cars, expand access to safe and affordable neighborhoods and fuel a prosperous economy.