TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senators Fred H. Madden and Jeff Van Drew which would require United States and State of New Jersey flags purchased with State funds to have been manufactured in the United States was unanimously approved today by the full Senate.
“These flags represent our State and our Nation, and it is only fitting that they are manufactured with U.S. manpower and purchased with U.S. dollars,” said Senator Madden, D-Camden and Gloucester. “It is no secret that these are difficult economic times, and bills like this allow us to do our part to help keep Americans and U.S. businesses afloat. This is a win-win situation for all of us.”
“The final passage of this bill has been a long time coming after a bit of a long journey” said Senator Van Drew, D-Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic. “I first sponsored this bill when I was in the Assembly, after noticing an American flag that had been manufactured in China. These flags add a sense of state and national pride to local municipal and county buildings, and even our State House. This legislation would help to keep American dollars at home.”
The Senators’ measure, S-997, now heads to the Governor’s desk, where his signature would make it State law.