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W. Cary Edwards
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  W. Cary Edwards was born in Paterson, New Jersey on July 20, 1944. He graduated from St. Luke’s High School and studied business administration at Seton Hall University, where he received his degree in 1967. He attended Seton Hall School of Law and received his degree in 1970, the year he was admitted to the New Jersey Bar.
  Edwards was sworn in as Attorney General on January 21, 1986, the day of Governor Thomas Kean’s second Inauguration, after serving as Chief Counsel to the Governor since the beginning of the Kean administration in 1982. Edwards had been elected to his third consecutive term in the General Assembly and had been chosen by his Republican colleagues as assistant minority leader when Governor Kean recruited him as Counsel.
  While serving as Attorney General, Edwards immediately sought to more than triple the size of the Department of Law and Public Safety and initiated a new anti-drug program. He instituted a task force to combat organized crime, planned a virtual overhaul of the Division of Motor Vehicles, and confronted problems such as insurance fraud and state land use planning.
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