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(3rd LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT) – Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli has been named chairman of the key Assembly Appropriations Committee for the 2012-13 legislative session.
Burzichelli, of Paulsboro, was named to the post by Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic), Majority Leader Lou Greenwald (D-Camden) and the Assembly Democratic leadership team.
As chairman of the panel, Burzichelli will be responsible for reviewing the fiscal impact of legislation on the state. The committee reviews legislation dealing with revenues, taxation, state budget and finance and weigh in on the process of authorizing expenditure of public funds for a specific governmental purpose.
“I’ve served with Assemblyman Burzichelli for many years on the budget panel and I know full well that he knows the finances of this state and the challenges we must meet better than anyone,” Greenwald said. “He always knows his facts and his questions have put many people on the spot, yet he always approaches his job as gentleman. WIth Assemblyman Burzichelli taking the helm of this committee, we know we will be in good hands.”
“I am honored by the confidence shown in me by the Assembly leadership team and appreciate their support,” said Burzichelli (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “Everything we do revolves around protecting our taxpayers, controlling spending and ensuring the money we do spend is spent properly and efficiently . I’ve learned a lot over the years serving on the budget committee, and am ready to put that knowledge to use for the benefit of our taxpayers as chairman of this panel. I can assure everyone that every dollar will be scrutinized and every spending plan examined closely to ensure its what’s best for our state and taxpayers.”
Burzichelli will also serve on the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee and on the Assembly Budget Committee. Burzichelli served as chairman of the gaming panel during the last legislative session, spearheading numerous regulatory and gaming reforms.
Burzichelli, of Paulsboro, was first elected to the New Jersey General Assembly on November 6, 2001. He is managing partner of the Hill Studio, which services the motion picture, commercial and still photography industries.
Burzichelli represents the 3rd Legislative District, which includes the Cumberland County municipalities of Bridgeton, Deerfield and Upper Deerfield; the Gloucester County municipalities of Clayton, East Greenwich, Elk, Franklin, Glassboro, Greenwich, Logan, National Park, Newfield, Paulsboro, South Harrison, Swedesboro, West Deptford, Woodbury Heights and Woolwich; and all of Salem County.