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Joseph Lazarow

Born: Dec 17, 1923

Death: Jan 3, 2008

Birthplace: Atlantic City

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Joseph Lazarow

Date of Birth : Dec 17, 1923
Date of Death : Jan 3, 2008
Birth Place : Atlantic City

Joseph Aaron Lazarow was an American politician from New Jersey, who served as the Mayor of Atlantic City, New Jersey from 1976 to 1982, during the period when casino gambling was introduced to the struggling Jersey Shore community. Lazarow was born in Atlantic City in 1923 to Eva and Morris Lazarow, and graduated from Atlantic City High School. His attendance at Rutgers University was cut short by his enlistment in the United States Army, where he served from 1942 to 1945 as a private. After his discharge, he returned to Rutgers and ultimately moved on to Temple University, where he completed both his undergraduate and law degrees. He had been elected to the City Commission in 1972, and was selected by his peers to serve as mayor in 1976. As mayor, Lazarow was named chairman of the Committee to Rebuild Atlantic City, a group developed to support the passage of the 1976 statewide referendum that approved gambling in New Jersey. He unsuccessfully opposed construction of casinos on the city's four-mile long Boardwalk, citing concerns that the area's residents, advocating that the hotels should be cited in unused wetlands on the city's outskirts.


  • Lawyer

Also known as

  • Mayor Joseph Lazarow
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