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Late governor’s ashes to spend time in a bar, per his wishes

March 13, 2018

FILE – In this April 22, 2014, file photo, former New Jersey Gov. Brendan Byrne waves as the audience sings him "Happy Birthday" and his wife Ruthi Zinn Byrne applauds, to mark his 90th birthday during the annual "Congressional Dinner" of the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. A ceremony at Healy’s Tavern in Jersey City on Friday, March 16, 2018, will honor Byrne, who died in January at age 93. Byrne used to joke he wanted his ashes placed in Hudson County, known for its history of political shenanigans, so he could stay active in politics. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — One of New Jersey’s late governors is getting his wish: His ashes will spend some time in a saloon.

A ceremony at Healy’s Tavern in Jersey City on Friday will honor former Democratic Gov. Brendan Byrne, who died in January at age 93.

Byrne used to joke he wanted his ashes placed in Hudson County, known for its history of political shenanigans, so he could stay active in politics.

Democratic former Gov. Jim McGreevey is hosting the event at the bar, which is owned by a former mayor.

Byrne’s son says the event will be fun but adds the ashes will have a permanent home elsewhere.

Byrne served two terms as governor in the 1970s. An event honoring his legacy is planned for April 13 at Princeton University.

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