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Kean University to Host Issues 10 Lecture on N.J. Gov. Richard J. Hughes

UNION, NJ - John B. Wefing, author and professor of law at Seton Hall University, will be the featured speaker for the second installment of Kean University’s Issues ’10 Lecture Series on Thursday, October 14, at 12:30 p.m. at the Liberty Hall Carriage House, located at 1003 Morris Ave. in Union, N.J. Wefing will explore the influential public service of two-time New Jersey Gov. Richard J. Hughes. Hughes was the only person in New Jersey history to serve as both governor and chief justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

The event is free and open to the public.

In his book, The Life and Times of Richard J. Hughes: the Politics of Civility, Wefing discusses the governor's accomplishments, including the creation of the Hackensack Meadowlands Commission, formation of the county college system, establishment of stringent antipollution laws, design of the public defender system, and the adoption of a New Jersey sales tax, as well as his pivotal role during the Newark riots. Wefing's research includes interviews with prominent politicians and leaders who worked with Hughes at various points in his career.

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