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Rice Resolution Would Urge Hiring Of Port Newark Employees For Toyota Recall Repairs

Senator Ronald L. Rice, D-Essex, speaks on the Senate floor in honor of retiring Senator Nicholas Asselta, R-Cumberland and Cape May.

TRENTON – A measure sponsored by Senator Ronald L. Rice which would urge Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. to increase jobs for Port Newark workers was approved today by the full Senate.

“This legislation would bring about a solution to the large number of necessary Toyota repairs brought about by the company’s recalls, while also helping to provide jobs for unemployed, but well-trained Port Newark workers. It’s a win-win situation,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex.

Senator Rice’s resolution, SR-44, was the subject of a letter dated February 10, 2010, addressed to Governor Christie. In the letter, Senator Rice asked the Governor for his support on a matter of importance to all who use New Jersey’s roadways.

Under the resolution, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. would be encouraged to utilize the existing relationship with its auto import and repair activities at Port Newark by hiring unemployed Port workers to assist Toyota dealerships in servicing cars affected by the recalls.

Senator Rice noted that because if the large number of Toyotas on the road, it would take months to repair all of the recalled vehicles.

“In a perfect world, owners of the recalled vehicles would just park them, and not drive them until after the necessary repairs have been made,” said Senator Rice in his letter to the Governor. “Unfortunately, for many, that is simply unfeasible, as they rely on the vehicles to get them to and from work.”

This measure was unanimously approved by the Senate Transportation Committee on May 10, 2010. #

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