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Assembly commerce panel to hear testimony Thursday on state of economic development

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The Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee will listen to a testimony Thursday from invited members of the business community and public that will assess the future of development in New Jersey.

The committee's meeting will be the first to be chaired by Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Teaneck), who was appointed to the role last week by new Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Secaucus).

The panel had been without a designated chairman since September, when former Assemblyman Al Coutinho resigned before later pleading guilty to stealing funds from his family's charitable foundation and filing false financial disclosure forms with the Legislature.

Michael Egenton, senior vice president of government relations for the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and one of Thursday's invited speakers, said the meeting will serve as somewhat of a "state of the state" in terms of economic development.

Among other points, Egenton plans to focus on some of the Economic Opportunity Act's recent successes as well as potential strategies for becoming more competitive with nearby states like New York.

"We want to keep an eye on our neighbors and what they're doing," Egenton said

The panel will meet at 2 p.m. in Committee Room 16 in the Statehouse Annex in Trenton.

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Andrew George

Andrew George

Andrew George covers the Statehouse from NJBIZ's Trenton bureau. Born and raised in N.J., Andrew has also spent time as a reporter in D.C., Texas and Pa. His email is andrewg@njbiz.com.

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