(TRENTON) – Assemblyman Paul Moriarty is the new chairman of the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee.

Moriarty (D-Gloucester/Camden) was named to the post by Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver.

“Consumer protection and fairness has always been a priority for me, so it’s an honor to be named to lead this committee that’s so important to the daily lives of our residents,” Moriarty said. “Protecting consumer rights is especially important amid this difficult economy, and I look forward to getting the job done.”

The Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee is charged with protecting consumer rights in New Jersey, particularly issues such as safeguarding against identity theft, restricting telemarketing, and protecting cell phone and calling card consumers against fraud.

Moriarty has sponsored numerous bills aimed at increasing consumer awareness and protections, including laws regulating clothing donations bins to combat fraud, banning the use of cell phones while driving and increasing patient awareness of hospital medical errors.

Moriarty also worked as an investigative reporter for KYW-CBS 3 in Philadelphia from 1982 to 2004, often focusing on consumer issues.

“Consumer protections can help boost consumer confidence and build a stronger economy, and as chairman of this committee we will strike the right balance between protecting consumers and boosting businesses,” Moriarty said. “Those goals will not be mutually exclusive of each other.”

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