(Trenton)–Sen. Paul Sarlo wants to turn NJ into the digital media epicenter of the nation. At a noontime press conference in Trenton today, Sarlo (D-36) announced an ambitious legislative initiative to draw high tech, high-growth digital media platforms to the Garden State.
New Jersey is committed to taking a leadership roll in the "new economy" and we are serious about supporting the growth of digital media in our state.
Presumbaly the idea is to woo high-tech and new media businesses with tempting tax packages.
Maybe you guys remember a few years back when the motion picture industry was given incentives which boosted that industry here in the state? This new idea is akin to that. And according to Republican Sen. Kyrillos, (a co-sponsor) since the restrictions on filmmaking were lifted here, the industry is thriving. Nowadays, New Jersey ranks fifth in the nation for movie making which I would have never guessed. Who knew?
In addition to the Senators — both of whom were positively effusive when describing the virtues of this legislation — some heavy hitters from business and academia showed up including Vans Stevenson, senior VP of the motion pictures association of America who mused that this legislation "puts NJ on the forefront of the fast growing and dynamic digital media industry."
Dr. Donald Sebastian (Sr. VP of R&D at NJIT) reminded everyone that NJ is the birthplace of landline and broadcast technology and urged an "unfair competitive advantage in the global competition to capture jobs in the knowledge economy."
No sooner did I sit down to post this when i get a press release from Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula who gave the Sarlo bill a fullthroated endorsement: “Growing New Jersey’s economy with new jobs in the high-technology sector is just what we need to help ensure our state’s economic future,” said Chivukula (D-Somerset) who chairs the Assembly Telecom and Utilities Committee.
Chivukula translated the technical into layman's terms after the flip…