Prof Birkner's book reviewed by New Jersey's Star-Ledger

New Jersey's Star-Ledger ran a review of "The Governor's of New Jersey:Biographical Essays," which was edited by history professor Michael Birkner, amongst others.The article cites Birkner's contributions at one point to illustrate contemporary interpretations of various New Jersey governors.

From the Star-Ledger:

The governors since were ranked and even raked a bit, from the “outstanding” to the “disappointing.” Chris Christie was too new to judge.

For instance, Michael J. Birkner, a Gettysburg College history professor and book contributor, portrayed Gov. Jim Florio as an activist problem-solver, but a second-tier player, who at first successfully took on bite-sized problems; like auto insurance reform and environmental protections.

Then, Florio bit off more than he could swallow, or that the state’s taxpayers could stomach - $2.8 billion in new and higher taxes. After that, Florio needed a political Heimlich maneuver he never got.


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