PATERSON, N.J. -- Happy birthday to Paterson native Robert Torricelli.
The real estate developer and former U.S. Senator was born Aug. 27, 1951 and turns 65 on Saturday.
He was born in Paterson and grew up in Cornwall-on-Hudson, graduating from Storm King School.
Torricelli lived in Englewood and served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1983 until 1997 representing New Jersey's 9th congressional district.
He recruited Hillary Clinton while head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2000.
He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996 and was forced to resign from office during his 2002 reelection campaign under a veil of ethics allegations.
He has a law degree and a master's in public administration, and he studied at Rutgers University, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Rutgers Law School.
His career started as an assistant to New Jersey Gov. Brendan Byrne, from 1975 to 1977. In 1978, he served as an associate to Vice President Walter Mondale
He is a partner in the real estate firm Woodrose Properties and founder of the Rosemont Foundation, which advocates for abused animals and other causes.
Torricelli is an outspoken an animal rights advocate and is using his social media pages for that purpose, and to engage people in political conversation about New Jersey.
He lives in Lambertville.
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