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The New Jersey Governor:
From The Age of The Town Crier to Twitter

On Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 9:00 – 4:30 the New Jersey Historical Commission and Eagleton Institute's Center on the American Governor will celebrate the publication of an updated edition of The Governors of New Jersey, 1664-2010 with a conference titled The New Jersey Governor: From The Age of The Town Crier to Twitter. Moderated by Steve Kornacki, MSNBC host of Up, the conference will feature a panel with Governors Whitman, Florio, and Bryne where they will discuss the impact of the media on their respective administrations.

Dr. Michael Birkner, Franklin Professor of Liberal Arts and Professor of History at Gettysburg College, will offer the keynote address on the constitutional powers of New Jersey's executive office and the governors who personally shaped the state's history.

The conference will also include a panel discussion of the policies of the office of the state's chief executive and how they changed over the past 350 years. Featured speakers include Barbara Salmore, Marc Mappen, and John Wefing. Salmore is a leading political analyst and co-author of New Jersey Politics and Government: The Suburbs Come of Age, which examines the policies of various administrations with regard to providing quality education, protecting the environment, improving the quality of life, and accommodating a multicultural society. Wefing is the Distinguished Professor of New Jersey Law & History at Seton Hall University. His recent volume, The Life and Times of Richard J. Hughes, explores the influential public service of the two-term New Jersey governor. Marc Mappen has been described by the New York Times as "the eminent New Jersey historian" and is the author of There's More to New Jersey Than The Soprano's and a new publication titled Prohibition Gangsters: The Rise and Fall of a Bad Generation. He is also the coeditor and author of the award-winning Encyclopedia of New Jersey.

First published in 1982, the updated edition of The Governors of New Jersey, 1664-2010, was edited by Michael Birkner, Donald Linky, and Peter Mickulas and includes essays on New Jersey governors serving the Garden State from the latter part of the 20th Century through the first decade of the 21st. Published by Rutgers University Press with funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission, the updated edition will be available in the winter of 2014.

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