Preview-Budget Committee To Take Testimony On Progress Of Camden Revitalization

TRENTON – On Wednesday, April 27, the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee will take testimony from Camden Mayor Gwendolyn A. Faison and Camden’s Chief Operating Officer, Melvin R. Primas, on the status of the ongoing economic revitalization of Camden.

“So far, we’ve heard great things about Camden’s ongoing transformation from the poorest city in the State to the jewel of South Jersey,” said Senator Wayne R. Bryant, D-Camden and Gloucester, the chair of the Senate Budget Committee and the author of legislation enabling Camden’s revitalization. “This is an opportunity for the key players in Camden’s economic recovery to give the Legislature a status report of how they’re moving forward.”

Along with Mayor Faison and COO Primas, the Budget Committee will also hear from executives from educational and health facilities in Camden, as well as representatives from the major developers that are taking part in Camden’s recovery. Immediately following the Budget Committee meeting, the presenters will be available to the news media in Committee Room 3.

Under the legislation authorizing Camden’s economic recovery, the Chief Operating Officer is required to submit a bi-annual report to the Legislature on the ongoing progress in Camden. Tomorrow’s hearing, along with the report which will be available to the news media during the availability in Committee Room 3, fulfills the requirements under the legislation.

In addition to the testimony regarding Camden’s economic revitalization, the Budget Committee will also consider bills regarding underground storage tank cleanup grants, transportation safety funding, and a bill to change the calculation for temporary disability insurance (TDI) benefits.

The Committee will meet at 9:30 AM in Committee Room 4, Statehouse Annex.