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N.J. builders group names acting CEO

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Carol Ann Short, a former counsel to the New Jersey General Assembly Republican Office, has been named acting CEO of the New Jersey Builders Association, the trade association for the state’s construction industry.

Short, who has worked the majority of her career in the building industry, has been instrumental in successfully lobbying for the passage of numerous pro-housing legislative initiatives. She has served as chief operating officer of the NJBA for the past four years, working closely with CEO Timothy J. Touhey, who resigned from the NJBA to take a position as senior vice president with Investors Bank.

“I enjoy working with this association because of the passion the members have for housing New Jerseyans,” Short said in prepared remarks. “I have a daunting challenge before me, but I will meet it head on, and do everything I can to support the members and keep the industry going on the right path.”

After graduating from the Beasley School of Law at Temple University, Short became deputy assistant counsel in then-Gov. Thomas H. Kean’s administration before moving to the assembly’s Republican office. It was there that she worked on the housing committee and met a lot of people in the building industry. She hopes to use her knowledge and new position to help homeowners and business rebuild from damage from Hurricane Sandy.

According to a statement from the association, Short has been with NJBA for more than 25 years.

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