TRENTON, NJ - “Women and people of color deserve a seat at the table,” Paterson Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly said on Tuesday following a meeting of the Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Employment Opportunity.

The joint committee of the New Jersey Legislature was revived in March 2018, following the approval of legislation Wimberly, who now serves as the Committee’s co-chair, sponsored. It’s charge, a statement said at the time, is to conduct a continuing study of issued concerning economic justice and equal opportunity employment through meetings and hearings held around the state.

Saying that the hearing was a critical step in ensuring that they have a chance to grow and thrive across New Jersey, Wimberly lamented that “far too often, women and minority-owned enterprises are overlooked for state business opportunities."

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“By engaging with our local chambers of commerce, improving existing data resources and finding ways to encourage minority applicants, we can get closer to eliminating certain obstacles for these businesses.”

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