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The Life and Times of Richard J. Hughes explores the influential public service of this two-term New Jersey governor. He was the only person in New Jersey history to serve as both governor and chief justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
This biography illuminates the governor's accomplishments between 1962 and 1970, including the creation of the Hackensack Meadowlands Commission, formation of the county college system, establishment of stringent antipollution laws, design of the public defender system, and the adoption of a New Jersey sales tax, as well as his pivotal role during the Newark riots. As chief justice, Hughes faced difficult issues—school funding, low and moderate income housing needs, freedom of speech, and his decision in the rightto-die case involving Karen Ann Quinlan. With a career characterized by liberal activism, Hughes also contributed nationally and internationally, from serving as host of the 1964 Democratic National Convention to monitoring elections in South Vietnam.
John B. Wefing's research includes interviews with prominent politicians and leaders who worked with Hughes at various points in his career. The result is a rich story of a public servant who possessed a true ability to work with members of both political parties and played a significant role in shaping modern New Jersey.
Introduction Chapter 1 The Early Days Chapter 2 The Young Politician Chapter 3 The Bench Chapter 4 Private Practitioner Chapter 5 Governor Hughes: The Campaign Chapter 6 The Early Days as Governor Chapter 7 The Assassination of President Kennedy and the 1964 Democratic National Convention Chapter 8 Civil Rights Chapter 9 Making a Difference: Hughes Confronts New Jersey's Challenges Chapter 10 The Second Campaign Chapter 11 The Second Term Chapter 12 A Flood of Legislation Chapter 13 Working for Peace: At Home and Abroad Chapter 14 Events leading up to the 1968 Democratic National Convention Chapter 15 The 1968 Democratic National Convention Chapter 16 An Education Governor Chapter 17 Betty Hughes and the Governor as they leave Morven and Return to Private Life Chapter 18 Chief Justice Chapter 19 The Later Years Notes Index
Posted January 6, 2010
Professor Wefing has disproven Mark Twain's dictum "that biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man." Wefing also gives us the heart and head in this remarkable portrayal of Richard Hughes, one of the great governors of our State -- and our nation. In so doing, he provides us with a bonus -- his history of New Jersey in those turbulent times is must reading for any student of the Garden State.
James R. Zazzali
Posted December 27, 2009
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