Murphy administration: Former NJ first lady Lucinda Florio dies
Former New Jersey first lady Lucinda Florio has died, according to a statement from the Murphy administration.
The death comes less than two months after the death of her husband, former Gov. Jim Florio. He died on Sept. 25.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former First Lady Lucinda Florio,” Gov. Phil Murphy wrote in a statement. “As First Lady, she broke from convention by choosing to be an active partner in governing, creating the Office of the First Lady, and earning praise in one news report for her ‘enthusiasm, curiosity, and quiet tenacity.’”
Murphy said that Lucinda Florio “used her platform to focus on children’s literacy and health and was a steadfast champion for women's rights and remained an advocate for numerous organizations and causes.”
Flags will be flown at half-staff in her honor.