W. Cary Edwards

W. Cary Edwards ( born 1944 in Paterson, New Jersey, † October 20, 2010 in Bergen County, New Jersey) was an American lawyer and politician of the Republican Party.


Edwards, who grew up in Fair Lawn, studied post-school law at the Law School Seton Hall University and was after graduation worked as a lawyer.

In addition, he began a career in politics for Republicans in local politics and was first a member of the Municipal Council ( Borough Council ) of Oakland. In 1977 he was first elected as a Member in the General Assembly of New Jersey (New Jersey General Assembly) and was one of these after two re- elections until 1982.

In 1982 he resigned as deputy back after him, the newly elected New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean appointed him his chief legal advisor. After Kean's reelection 1986 he was Attorney General ( Attorney General ) in the state.

In 1989, he resigned himself to run for the office of governor as Attorney General. However, he was defeated already in the Republican primary (Primary) the long-term Congressman Jim Courter, in turn, the 1989 Democratic candidate James Florio 37.2 percent to 61.2 percent clearly defeated in the gubernatorial elections in the United States.

Edwards competed again in 1993 for the nomination of his party for the office of governor, however, was in the primaries only after Christine Todd Whitman Second, which was eventually elected governor.

In 1995 he resumed his work as a lawyer again, founded the law firm of Edwards and Caldwell LLC and worked there until 2008.

In addition to that, he was a member of the 1997 Commission of Inquiry of the State of New Jersey (State Commission of Investigation ), which dealt with as independent control waste, abuse and corruption in all public authorities of the State. 2004 he was appointed Chairman of the Commission by Governor Richard Codey. During his tenure there, the Commission manipulation and mismanagement demonstrated at the state EZ Pass Electronic Toll Contract, which meant that the law was revised on the conclusion of public contracts by the government.