HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Monday, Congressman Gottheimer (NJ-5) hosted Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Dr. Scott Gottlieb for a roundtable in Hackensack with local healthcare leaders.

At Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, the group discussed cutting red-tape for pharmaceutical and medical device companies, fighting the opioid crisis, and enhancing patient care at New Jersey hospitals.

“New Jersey’s hospitals, biopharmaceuticals, life sciences, and medical device companies are of the utmost importance to our community, state, and even the country; they are among North Jersey’s largest employers.” said Congressman Gottheimer. “I am proud to have the FDA Commissioner here in North Jersey, to listen to our needs and to fight for our doctors, patients, researchers, and companies. New Jersey’s seat at the table will keep jobs here, and to stop them from being sent overseas or to Moocher States.”

Life science companies and hospitals are among North Jersey’s largest employers.The Hackensack Meridian Health system employs 28,000 New Jerseyans.