Headnote:Assembly speaker announces planned end to 22 years in LegislatureTHE PRESIDENT OF the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey praised outgoing Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts Jr, (D-Brooklawn) for trying to build a consensus on issues.Chamber President Debra DiLorenzo said she considered Roberts both a "colleague and close personal friend" after knowing him for more than 25 years.
Chamber president applauds NJBIZ File Photo 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. new jersey new delhi “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.” HSBC Group is fluent in banking worldwide. And
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