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Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver has appointed Assemblywoman Annette Quijano as the new Chair of the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee.

“I have no doubt that Assemblywoman Quijano, with her extensive legal background, will serve the General Assembly well as the new Homeland Security Chair,” said Oliver (D-Essex/Passaic). “As a representative of one of our largest port cities, with proximity to one of the nation’s busiest airports, she fully understands the importance of homeland security to the safety and well-being of our residents.”

Quijano joined the Assembly in 2008 and represents the 20th legislative district, which includes Elizabeth, one of the state’s largest urban cities and a major hub of transportation and commercial activity.

“This is a great honor and I thank the Speaker for having confidence in my ability to oversee such an important committee,” said Quijano (D-Union). “New Jersey is no stranger to homeland security threats. This requires a constant awareness of the changing world around us and an understanding of how we can better improve our systems to protect the people of our state. I am fully committed to this challenge and welcome this opportunity.”

Quijano will fill the vacancy left by the departure of retired Assemblyman Frederick Scalera.