State Senator Jeff Van Drew and Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak have announced the creation of a bipartisan task force of residents from Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic Counties to study and recommend ways to improve economic conditions in the three-county 1st Legislative District.
Meeting with the press in front of their office in Cape May Court House, Van Drew noted that this region has "some of the highest unemployment rates, the lowest per capital income rates and extremely high rates of poverty. It is vital that we develop initiatives that will provide good-paying jobs and opportunity for our residents over the long-term. We will be looking for out-of-the-box ideas, including studying what other parts of the country are doing to address similar problems. We will meet in every county in the district to hear from residents, business owners, elected officials and community groups" — and he promised they would "be diligent, thorough and inclusive."
A district-wide listening tour to hear from residents about issues that are important to them and their families, scheduled to begin this month, will be rescheduled for a later date. The earlier schedule involved "Supermarket Town Meetings" in Rio Grande, Millville, Marmora and Vineland.