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FORMER SENATE PRESIDENT JOHN RUSSO, 84

Former New Jersey Senate President John Russo has died at the age of 84. Russo lost a battle with cancer on Saturday night. He wrote the law that reinstated the death penalty in New Jersey in 1982.

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  1. Good riddance. John Russo is the poster child for everything that is wrong with New Jersey politics.

    John Russo could teach a class on how to feed at the public trough. He loved to abuse his office. Here is one of my favorite John Russo memories … As President of the New Jersey Senate, John Russo became the Acting Governor of NJ whenever the duly-elected Governor of NJ (e.g., Tom Kean) was out of the state on official business. The personification of the adage that “The mouse will play while the cat is away,” John Russo LOVED it whenever he became Acting Governor, even for just a few hours.

    Whenever Governor Tom Kean was 3 feet over the state line, you could always count on John Russo to call the New Jersey State Police (NJSP) and demand that they treat him as the Governor. If Tom Kean was in Manhattan for a few hours on a Sunday, John Russo, a devout NY Giants fan, would call the NJSP and “order” them to pick him up in his hometown of Toms River and transport him AND his entourage to Giants Stadium via the NJSP helicopter. A Giants season ticket holder myself, I can remember seeing Russo, this self-serving slob, inconvenience thousands of others while the NJSP helicopter landed in the middle of a crowded parking lot of the old Giants Stadium. Russo and his family and friends would then be escorted by his NJSP security detail up to the Governor’s “Sweet Suite” (the Governor’s luxury box) to watch the game. When the game was over, Russo & friends would be transported back to Toms River. All of this, of course, was paid for by the overburdened taxpayers of New Jersey.

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