“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.“
–NJ Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver
Union County Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Elizabeth) will be the new Chairwoman of the Assembly Homeland Security Committee.
The panel’s responsibilities include oversight of issues pertaining to counter-terrorosim, port security, emergency responders, and (as the name suggests) general homeland security. It’s a powerful position with a lot on the line.
Quijano takes the gavel from Fred Scalera who left office after a half-term to go spend time with a better paying job. Rounding out the panel are Democrats Gordon Johnson (co-chair), John Burzichelli and Vince Prieto and Republicans David Russo and Robert Schroeder.