Washington Review, July 29, 2013
Over the weekend, I was joined by members of the “Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation” for a two day delegation to New Jersey and New York. In addition to touring the Port of New York and New Jersey, including Port Newark-Elizabeth and Greenville Yard, the Panel conducted a field hearing focusing on the ways in which urban freight challenges impact the nation. According to the New Jersey Department of Labor, transportation, logistics, and distribution industries contribute more than 355,000 jobs—about 11% of New Jersey’s workforce—and move about $2 trillion in merchandise throughout the region each year, the importance of goods movement to New Jersey’s 8th District cannot be understated.
Last week, in D.C., I had the pleasure of meeting with several groups from the District including New Jersey high school students from Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). The students spoke about the importance of promoting driving laws that create a safer environment for youth on the roads. As a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I am committed to supporting safe driving policies that will continue to make New Jersey one of the leading states in teen traffic safety. After meeting with these students, I sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, to encourage him to focus on measures that reduce teen automobile deaths.
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