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Johnson Named Chair of Assembly Commerce & Economic Development Committee

(TRENTON) – Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Bergen) has been appointed chair of the New Jersey General Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee.

Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Bergen/Hudson) said he is confident in the leadership that Assemblyman Johnson, a long time public servant, will bring to this important committee.

“This committee has an important charge, and that is to examine ways to improve the state’s economic well-being,” said Prieto. “Many New Jerseyans are having a hard time making ends meet under an economy that remains sluggish. I trust that this committee, with Assemblyman Johnson at the helm, will work diligently so we can make some real, significant strides in our economic recovery.”

“I am honored for the opportunity to serve on the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee,” said Johnson. “Despite the assertions from the front office, our economy continues to struggle. We are only as strong as our economy and right now we are lagging behind.”

“We must make New Jersey more attractive to companies looking to do business in and looking to grow their business in the state, especially in areas of the state that have been stagnant for too long,” added Johnson. “I will work with the rest of the committee to create opportunities that will help spur development, create jobs, make a dent on our unemployment numbers and help boost our economy. This is a challenge that I believe all in this committee are ready and eager to tackle.”

The Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee is responsible for issues that affect urban enterprise zones, state and local redevelopment projects, corporate tax incentives, and business grant programs.