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Assemblywoman L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex) on Thursday pledged to support a pro-conservation agenda for the most densely populated state in the country after being appointed by Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver to chair the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee for the new 215th Legislature.

“Grace is fiercely bright with an unparalleled work ethic and will be an excellent fit as Environment Chair,” said Oliver (D-Essex). “I know that she has what it takes to balance the nuanced issues that come before this committee.”

Spencer, an avid naturist and cyclist, hails from Newark and understands the impact that overdevelopment has had on New Jersey.

“I’d like to thank Speaker Oliver and our Democratic leadership for having the confidence in me to helm this integral committee. I know that one of the biggest challenges we’ve faced in recent decades is finding a delicate balance between smart growth and economic development. I’ve traveled the state from High Point to Cape May and I’ve seen how overdevelopment has impacted our state.

“For the sake of our environment and future generations, we must also renew our commitment to pursuing renewable energy alternatives if we intend to remain a leader in this area.

“There are many, many challenges we face and I look forward to working with stakeholders from across the board to tackle them,” said Spencer.