The former New Jersey Gov. Brendan Byrne died in January at the age of 93. A ceremony at Healy in the tavern in Jersey City on Friday was held in his honor.
Admirers of the late New Jersey Gov. Brendan Byrne recently gathered in Jersey City to honor one of his last wishes: to have his ashes in the Hudson County so he could remain active in politics.
Byrne, a Democrat, died Jan. 4 at the age of 93, joked about the County, long known for its history of political machinations — such as recruiting “voters” of the local cemeteries.
“He had always said a lot of affection for Hudson County,” son of Tom Byrne. “This is a great way to celebrate his life and his sense of humor.”
Also a Republican rival — former New Jersey Gov. Christie Whitman, remembered in part for the removal of Byrne in the name of a state sports arena-is the Democrat, remembered lovingly after he died.
While he say, perhaps, best remembered for his sense of humor and the ability to be a good story, he had a sharp intellect, and never stopped, the problems of the. RIP, #Brenda Byrne
— Gov Christie Whitman (@GovCTW) 5. January 2018
“While he will say, perhaps, best remembered for his sense of humor and the ability to be a good story, he had a sharp intellect, and never ceased to be the topics of the day,” Whitman tweeted.
The late New Jersey Governor ash, hidden in the Irish ☘ Levi’s bar in Hudson County “, so that he could remain active in politics.” @RebeIbarraC @Steronious @WNYC : https://t.co/HqhHcxKLdl
— Matt Katz (@mattkatz00) March 17, 2018
The ceremony, at Healy in the tavern was also attended by other former New Jersey Governor, Democrat Jim McGreevy, plus Byrne ‘ s widow, Ruthi, among others.
Byrne ‘s ashes were to stay Healy’ s said by the St. Patrick’s Day, McGreevey and others. Your last resting-place was still undecided.
Tom Byrne said the family was considering locations including a state-of-the woods, the bears Byrne’s name or Liberty State Park in Jersey City is located in the vicinity of the Statue of Liberty.
The park was among the Hudson County waterfront improvements, Byrne — a Democrat who served two terms that continued after the elections in 1973 — in the 1970s. He also oversaw the introduction of casino gambling in Atlantic City, and initiated the state of the first income tax.
The income tax has made him unpopular with many residents, but he still managed to win a second term.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.