Another Jerry Ford trivia item

The last time a New Jerseyan was within three heartbeats of the Presidency was from August 9 to December 19, 1974, when William E. Simon was the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. When Richard Nixon resigned and Gerald Ford became President, next in line were Carl Albert, the Speaker of the House, and Senate President Pro-Tempore James Eastland. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was not in the line of succession since he was a naturalized citizen. That put the Paterson-born Simon, who ran a Wall Street investment banking firm before joining the Nixon administration, third in the line for the Presidency.

Another Jerry Ford trivia item