John F. Russo
Russo was born in Asbury Park and was a resident of Toms River. He was a 1955 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received a law degree from Columbia Law School in 1958. He served for nine years as an assistant prosecutor in Ocean County, and was first elected to the Senate in 1973.
In the Senate, Russo served on the Joint Committee on Appropriations and a Special Sub-Committee on Tax Reform and was the chair of the Committee on Energy, Agriculture and Environment and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Russo served as Senate President from 1986 to 1990.
Russo ran for the Democratic Party nomination for Governor of New Jersey in 1985, placing second behind nominee Peter Shapiro, who was in turn roundly defeated by Thomas Kean in the general election.
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