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James Florio, Ex-New Jersey Governor Known for Tax Hike, Dies at 85

James Florio

James Florio

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Trenton, N.J. (AP) -- Former New Jersey Gov. James Florio, who championed a plan that substantially raised the state’s sales and income taxes leading to his reelection defeat in 1993, died Sunday. He was 85.

His law partner Doug Steinhardt and current New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy confirmed Florio died in statements on Monday.