Brendan Byrne Dies, Former Governor Approved Gambling in A.C.

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A former New Jersey governor who authorized gambling in Atlantic City has died.

On Thursday, January 4th, Brendan Byrne passed away in his home, at the age of 93.

According to his son, Byrne was suffering from an infection that went into his lungs and his body was too weak to fight it.

Byrne was known for his reputation as a crusading prosecutor and was said by mobsters to be too ethical to be bribed.

In 1973, he was elected to his first term as governor of New Jersey and authorized a referendum that led to the approval of legalized gambling in Atlantic City in 1976.

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