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

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-06-25
  • Publisher: Rutgers Univ Pr
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"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 unique look at American politics during the last four decades of the twentieth century."--BOOK JACKET.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xv
Prologue 1(195)
1. The Early Years
2. Kean Comes of Age
3. In the Service of His Father
4. Kean Finds His Calling
5. The Precocious Freshman
6. The Institutional Reformer
7. In the Minority But Not in the Wilderness
8. The Making of the Governor, 1981
9. A Truncated Transition
10. In Kean Settles In 196(23)
11. Building New Jersey Pride 219(13)
12. The Education Governor 232(26)
13. Kean and the Arts 258(22)
14. Kean the Environmentalist 280(14)
15. The Politics of Inclusion 294(18)
16. The Administrator 312(18)
17. The Reelection of the Governor, 1985 330(17)
18. The Storm over the Wilentz Case 347(12)
19. Kean Reforms Welfare 359(9)
20. The Man with the Message 368(18)
21. Citizen Kean 386(19)
22. Chairing the 9-11 Commission 405(38)
Epilogue 443(8)
Interviews 451(4)
Notes 455(70)
Index 525

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