BIPARTISAN ASSEMBLY LEADERS INVITE PUBLIC TO FEB. 2 HEARING TO OFFER IDEAS ON IMPROVING N.J.

(TRENTON) — Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver and Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce on Tuesday announced the Assembly will host a special bipartisan public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 2 to hear first-hand from New Jerseyans their ideas on fixing and improving the state.

The Tuesday, Feb. 2 hearing is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. in Committee Room 11 at the State House Annex in Trenton.

Those wishing to testify are urged to make a reservation by calling the Legislative Budget and Finance Office at 609-292-8030 or by sending an e-mail to lbfo@njleg.org. Those sending an e-mail should be sure to include their name and a phone number.

Oliver first called for the special bipartisan hearings during her swearing-in as Assembly Speaker on Jan. 12. Oliver (D-Essex) said she wanted to find “ways for the public to experience transparency in how our government operates.”

“We’re going to be there that day for one reason and one reason only – to listen to New Jerseyans and their ideas,” Oliver said. “We want to hear what they have in mind when it comes to tackling the problems that face our state. We know the problems, but we know we also work for the public, so we want to hear first-hand their ideas for solutions.”

“This forum, which will allow the public to express their views on ways to improve government, is an excellent example of the democratic process at work,” said DeCroce (R-Morris). “As representatives of the people, it is our responsibility to listen to suggestions on how to make New Jersey a better and more affordable place to live. I am hopeful that our first hearing will generate many common sense solutions to the problems facing our state.”

“We want to hear directly from the public because we know no idea is a bad idea,” said Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan (D-Union). “We know the public has many ideas to help ensure New Jersey and its economy is best positioned to lead our nation and we want to hear from as many people as possible. We will be there to listen.”

“I am very pleased that we are able to convene a bipartisan public hearing that will permit people to share their thoughts with elected officials,” said Assembly Republican Conference Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Union). “This gathering is what I envisioned when I introduced legislation last year that would permit the public to attend designated sessions in the Senate and General Assembly, and provide them with an opportunity to comment. Over the last two years, I have chaired the Assembly Republican Policy Committee meetings that are open to the public, but I am now delighted to join with our colleagues across the aisle as we seek input on how to improve government.”

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