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                                                                                                                                                            Roberts’ business leadership
                                                                                                                                                            Assembly speaker announces planned end to 22 years in Legislature
                                                                                                                                                            The PResidenT of the chamber of com-            and close personal friend” after knowing him
                                                                                                                                                            merce of southern new Jersey praised outgo-     for more than 25 years.
                                                                                                                                                            ing Assembly speaker Joseph J. Roberts Jr.            in an afternoon news conference last
                                                                                                                                                            (d-Brooklawn) for trying to build a consensus   week, the speaker told south Jersey democrat-
                                                                                                                                                            on issues.                                      ic legislators that he is stepping down after 22
                                                                                                                                                                 chamber President Debra DiLorenzo          years in the legislature and nearly four years
Outgoing Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts Jr., left, with Senate President Richard J. Codey (D-West Orange).                                              said she considered Roberts both a “colleague   leading the lower chamber.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “i just want to decompress a bit, and give
                                                                                                                                                                                                            others the same incredible opportunity i have
                                                                                                                                                                                                            enjoyed,” he said. “i know this is the right time
                                                                                                                                                                                                            to do this.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Roberts plans to serve the remainder of
                                                                                                                                                                                                            his term, which expires in January, but said he
                                                                                                                                                                                                            will take his name off the ballot, and will ask
                                                                                                                                                                                                            the 5th legislative district democratic Party
                                                                                                                                                                                                            committees to select a replacement for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            november election.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The speaker’s work was praised by Assem-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            blyman John Burzichelli (d-West deptford),
                                                                                                                                                                                                            who said the announcement wasn’t a surprise
                                                                                                                                                                                                            to the close-knit south Jersey delegation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “it’s a personal decision, which i respect,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Burzichelli said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Burzichelli said Roberts combined a sound
                                                                                                                                                                                                            intellectual approach to legislation while recog-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            nizing that the best politics is the “best policy.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  during his tenure, Roberts sponsored
                                                                                                                                                                                                            laws curbing medical malpractice costs and
                                                                                                                                                                                                            addressing access to health care, according to


                                                                                                                                                                                                               “I just want to decompress a
                                                                                                                                                                                                              bit, and give others the same
                                                                                                                                                                                                              incredible opportunity I have
                     Is your life bigger than your bank?                                                                                                                                                     enjoyed. I know this is the right
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       time to do this.”
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