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Bill Baroni : biography

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William E. "Bill" Baroni, Jr. (born December 10, 1971) is an American Republican Party politician and law professor who was named by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in February 2010 to serve as the Deputy Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the nation’s busiest airport systems, as well as the PATH rail transit system, six interstate tunnels and bridges, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, marine terminals and ports, and the World Trade Center. The Port Authority has a $6.3 billion annual budget and has over 7,000 employees.via Associated Press. , The Trentonian, February 19, 2010. Accessed February 23, 2010. Before being appointed to the position, he represented the 14th legislative district in the New Jersey Senate and General Assembly.

Legal career

Baroni was an associate at DeCotiis, Fitzpatrick & Cole, and then at Blank Rome. He was Of Counsel at Fornaro Francioso, a Hamilton firm. He served as chief counsel to Congressman Bob Franks in his 2000 U.S. Senate race. In 2002, when U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli withdrew his candidacy for re-election five weeks before Election Day after the Senate admonished him on ethics charges, Baroni argued for the Republicans in the New Jersey Supreme Court against a last minute switch of candidates to Frank Lautenberg., CNN.com, October 8, 2002

Since 2002, Baroni has been an Adjunct Professor at the Seton Hall University School of Law, where he teaches classes on Professional Responsibility, voting rights, legislation, and campaign finance reform. Baroni served on the Foundation Board of both The College of New Jersey and Mercer County Community College. Baroni is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra and on the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and on the Board of Trustees for Visitation Home, which builds homes for New Jersey residents with disabilities. Baroni is also a special advisor to the New Jersey Boys' State Foundation, and is a former delegate at Jersey Boys' State. New Jersey Boys' State Foundation Board of Trustees http://www.njbsf.org/php/who/trustees.php

"Fat Kid Got Fit"

Along with a childhood friend, Baroni co-authored "Fat Kid Got Fit, and So Can You,” a 2012 book chronicling Baroni's early struggles with obesity and his successful efforts to overcome the problem. Baroni wrote the book because he wants others to know that his successful weight loss came from “being healthy and working out” and that other people could share similar success.

Early life

Baroni was born in Jacksonville, Florida to an unwed Irish woman who came to the United States to have her baby. Catholic Charities arranged for him to be adopted by William Sr. and Geraldine Baroni of Hamilton Township, Mercer County, New Jersey a few days later. The circumstances of Baroni's birth became an issue in 2003, during his first campaign for the Legislature, when the incumbent, Gary Guear, charged that he had lied in his campaign biography by saying he was a lifelong resident of Hamilton Township. When Baroni responded that he had lived in Hamilton since he was a few days old and told the story of his adoption, Guear dropped the issue.Sullivan, John. , The New York Times, November 23, 2003. Accessed February 21, 2008.

He received a B.A. from George Washington University in history and was awarded a J.D. from the University of Virginia., New Jersey Legislature. Accessed April 24, 2008.

Political career

Baroni became interested in politics as a teenager, working on the campaign of his hometown congressman, Christopher H. Smith, who was seeking re-election to his fourth term. He was a driver for Assembly Speaker Chuck Haytaian in his campaign for U.S. Senator against Frank Lautenberg in 1994 and worked on the advance staff for the 1996 presidential campaign of Steve Forbes.

He served on the Mercer County Community College Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2003. He was a member of the Hamilton Township Planning Board from 1998 to 2000.

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