From the Star Ledger:
They all came from the same place — the transistors that powered radio to the digital cellular that powers our smartphones, fiber optics to LCD technology, groundbreaking computer programming language to the now ever-present barcoding.
Surely these historic technological breakthroughs came from Silicon Valley, right?
They were all born right here in New Jersey.
That legacy of innovation and invention should be resulting in an economy that is helping lead the nation in job creation and economic growth. But despite being the place where numerous advanced technologies were created, New Jersey has more work to do to meet the challenges and opportunities of the global marketplace.
If we’re to bolster and strengthen New Jersey’s middle class, we must foster the creation of high-quality jobs that can sustain a knowledge-based economy thriving on innovation and entrepreneurship. If we’re to build a stronger economy that benefits everyone, New Jersey must capitalize on its competitive advantage through initiatives that support the state’s world-class academic institutes and science and technology industries.
That’s why finding new and innovative ways to help working middle-class New Jerseyans and to grow our economy will be a top priority when I have the honor of becoming the next New Jersey General Assembly speaker in January.
I will establish a new standing committee — the Science, Innovation and Technology Committee — that will create and advance legislation designed to put New Jersey at the forefront of emerging industries. We will utilize our universities, high schools and business leaders to harness innovative thought. We will strengthen relationships between industrial and academic research. We will find ways to transfer academic research to the marketplace, all while encouraging entrepreneurship and new enterprises in science and new technology.