(TRENTON) - Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-Mercer/Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon) released the following statement Thursday after the committee he chairs - the Assembly Science, Innovation, and Technology Committee - held its inaugural meeting:
"I want to thank everyone who testified today and offered invaluable insight into what New Jersey must do to foster innovation. Today was a great start on what I'm convinced will be exciting work by this new committee.
"Our science and innovation ecosystem is a vital source for jobs and economic development throughout New Jersey, but as we heard today, we must find ways to enable New Jersey to take advantage of its location and talent. We cannot rest on our legacy and allow other states and the rest of the world to outpace us when it comes to science, innovation and technology.
"We have to put science before politics, and make smart policy decisions to create jobs and economic development to help boost our middle-class.
"The informative testimony we heard today will help guide us toward those goals in the weeks and months ahead. I look forward to positioning New Jersey's science and technology industries for great success."