TRENTON, NJ– Paterson Senator Nellie Pou was among four legislators to receive a Legislator of the Year award from the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce at an event held Thursday in Pennington. The annual award is given to lawmakers based on their voting records, bill sponsorships and committee votes. 

According to a press release, Pou, who also serves on the Bipartisan New Jersey Manufacturing Caucus, and the other honorees were selected by the Chamber for “their overall history of supporting the business and for their work advancing New Jersey as a more business friendly state, and as a great place to live and work.”

I am beyond thrilled to have received this award,” said Senator Pou. “We recognize that businesses are our job creators and we need to ensure that our state is making it easier for businesses to succeed. It is so important that we not only have a skilled workforce, but also a transportation system in place that allows businesses to move people and products. That is why replenishing the Transportation Trust Fund was critical and I am proud of the work we did to see this effort through.” 

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“The State Chamber applauds and congratulates the strong advocacy of Senator Pou during the 217th Legislative Session in helping us with our priorities in improving the economy, retaining and creating jobs and enhancing the overall business climate of New Jersey,” said Tom Bracken, president of the NJ State Chamber of Commerce. “We especially recognize and appreciate Senator Pou’s support for the replenishment of the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund and the passage of the comprehensive tax reform package that will go a long way in achieving those priorities.”

In addition to Senator Pou’s support for the replenishment of the Transportation Trust Fund and the tax reform package, the Chamber cited legislation she sponsored, S-1761, which directs the Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development to promote basic skills training through organizations dedicated to the economic empowerment of specific segments of society, such as the African American Chamber of Commerce and the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“A skilled workforce is essential for further economic growth and is a priceless asset to business owners,” added Senator Pou.  “I was proud to sponsor legislation to require additional organizations to be included in the effort to promote workforce training. This is essential to making sure we are reaching all of our communities to ensure that residents have the skills and training they need to not only meet expectations but exceed them as well.”