Senator Whelan Named New Chair Of Senate Wagering, Tourism, And Historic Preservation Committee

TRENTON – Today, Senate President Richard J. Codey announced that Senator Jim Whelan will be the new Chair of the Senate Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee.

“I thank Senate President Codey for giving me the opportunity to lead this Committee in the coming term,” said Senator Whelan, D-Atlantic. “The Senate Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee is of particular importance to the 2nd District as the continued growth of Atlantic City and its gaming, shopping and entertainment industries is vital to the region. Given that tourism is New Jersey’s second largest industry, we must also make sure to continue the Committee’s work in promoting heritage tourism and the Jersey Shore so that all areas can benefit from this major economic engine.”

Senator Robert Gordon will become the Committee’s new Vice Chair. Joining Senators Whelan and Gordon on the Committee for the 2008-2009 term will be Senator John Girgenti.

Senator Whelan also announced that he will serve on three other committees this term – the Senate Education Committee, the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee and the Senate State Government Committee.