So why are we discussing Governor Byrne on a boxing website you ask? Well, we'll tell you!
On June 29th, 1979, world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali faced Governor Brendan Byrne and Jersey City Mayor Thomas Smith in exhibition bouts at the Jersey City Armory. The real winner of these exhibition bouts was the Jersey City Medical Center which received the proceeds from ticket sales at the gates. In 2010, Byrne was punched in the face by a mentally ill man near the Waterloo Tube Station in London, England. After the man was arrested, Byrne joked: "At least I didn't fall down at Waterloo, as when I fought Ali."