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Senator Rice’s Statement On Signing Of Executive Order To Help Minority And Women Owned Businesses

Senator Ronald L. Rice (D-Essex)

TRENTON – Senator Ronald L. Rice, D-Essex, who chairs the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus, today released the following statement regarding Governor Corzine’s signing of an executive order aimed at ensuring that women and minorities benefit from State and federal stimulus dollars.

“The signing of this executive order sends a clear message that New Jersey is committed to expanding its efforts to ensure that minorities and women are given their fair share of State and federal funding. For far too long, these groups have been allowed to fall by the wayside when it comes to business development, economic and educational aid, because there were only a handful of legislators willing to take up the cause.

“This has long been an issue of importance to our urban and minority communities. I am pleased to see a firm stance and a promise from the Governor that State agencies, universities and commissions will work with our minority and women populations to help ensure that they receive the funding and training they need to flourish in this economy.

“This is indeed a step in the right direction, and the Legislative Black Caucus will continue to champion the rights of all underrepresented groups in New Jersey. Today is indeed a great day.”