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Jersey City Free Books: Governor Tom Kean: From the New Jersey Statehouse to the 9-11 Commission

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Governor Tom Kean: From the New Jersey Statehouse to the 9-11 Commission

"Tom's demonstrated commitment to bipartisanship and fact-finding uniquely qualified him to chair the 9/11 Commission, a task he carried out with his customary fairness and effectiveness.... He is a wonderful man and a genuine patriot, and I am grateful Al Felzenberg's fine biography does justice to Governor Kean's outstanding legacy." - Bill Clinton "In retracing Kean's steps from the New Jersey Statehouse to the 9/11 Commission, Felzenberg shows how Kean, in his understated way, was so often able to persuade presidents, Congresses, and his fellow governors to move in the direction he envisioned for New Jersey and our whole nation. It is a fascinating story and a delightful read."
- Jack Kemp, former member of Congress (R-NY), former secretary of HUD, and Republican vice presidential candidate in 1996"

Over a long and successful career in politics, Tom Kean has shown himself a highly successful political leader. Through his ability to work with the opposition party while retaining the loyalty of his own, Kean was able to achieve extraordinary results in multiple roles. From his election to the New Jersey state assembly in 1967 through his guidance of the 9–11 Commission more than three decades later, Kean has displayed political dexterity as well as an uncanny knack for bipartisan leadership at times of deep partisan divisions.

In this first political biography of one of the nation’s most popular and successful governors, Alvin S. Felzenberg tells the story of a remarkable career that culminated in an unexpected and crucial contribution to the country—chairmanship of the 9–11 Commission. Felzenberg describes how, early in his political career, Kean worked to transform New Jersey’s legislature in the aftermath of court rulings that mandated redistricting in accordance with the "one man, one vote" principle. He relates how Kean was able to use the New Jersey governorship—purportedly the strongest in the country—to transform a so-called "rust belt" state into a leader in education, environmental responsibility, and economic growth. Kean’s story serves as an uncommon case of how a Republican loyal to the historic roots and principles of his party can not only win election in a "blue state" but also effectively govern it.

Drawing on interviews with Kean as well as with state and national leaders, including former presidents Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton and former New York City mayor Ed Koch, Felzenberg provides a marvelous biography and a unique look at American politics during the last four decades of the twentieth century.

* Hardcover: 558 pages
* Publisher: Rutgers University Press (June 7, 2006)
* ISBN-10: 0813537991
* ISBN-13: 978-0813537993

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