TRENTON – In his capacity as Senate President, Acting Governor Richard J. Codey today named Senator Nia H. Gill, D-Essex and Passaic, to be the new Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee.
“New Jersey is extremely fortunate to have a public official with the integrity, the intelligence and the eloquence of Nia Gill,” Governor Codey said. “Senator Gill will make an outstanding Chair of this important committee because, as always, she will put the people first – just like her predecessor.”
Senator Gill, who was the Vice Chair of the panel, will succeed Senator Byron M. Baer, D-Bergen, who resigned earlier this month for health reasons.
“I am grateful to Governor Codey for this honor, which I consider to be a serious responsibility,” Senator Gill said. “I had the utmost respect for Senator Baer whose term as chairman was marked, at all times, by fairness and diligence in serving the public.”
Senator Gill is in her second Senate term after being elected to four terms in the Assembly. She is a graduate of Upsala College and Rutgers University School of Law.
Senator Gill also is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.