It isn’t often that you’ll find six governors of New Jersey in the same room. But that’s exactly what happened on the grounds of Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University on the evening of April 29.
Governor Chris Christie joined five of his predecessors – Thomas H. Kean, James Florio, James McGreevey, Donald DiFrancesco, and Richard Codey -- in celebrating the home and the legacy of New Jersey’s first elected governor, William Livingston, whose home is now Liberty Hall Museum. The governors and some 300 other guests made the museum’s much-anticipated Governor’s Ball a smashing success, according to Kean University President Dr. Dawood Farahi.
“They came to pay tribute to a national treasure – Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University,” Dr. Farahi said. “It was amazing to see all the enthusiasm for Governor Livingston’s old home.”
Governor Christie thanked Kean University for loaning him a portrait of Governor Livingston for his office. “Governor Livingston means a lot to me,” the Governor said, “because I grew up in Livingston.” When the Governor decided that he wanted a portrait of his famous predecessor to hang in his office, he contacted the University, which agreed to loan him the portrait which usually hangs in the museum’s Great Hall. “It was our pleasure,” Dr. Farahi said.
John Kean, who grew up in Liberty Hall, spoke about the Museum’s importance in New Jersey history. He came to the podium wearing a large hat from the Revolutionary War era – one of the many historic artifacts housed in the museum.
All six governors joined Mr. Kean on the stage for a group picture.
Proceeds from the Governor’s Ball will go towards the continued preservation of the museum.
“It was a magical night,” Dr. Farahi said. “Governor Livingston would have been proud.” Click here to view a gallery of pictures from the memorable evening.