From Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr. <[email protected]>
Subject Chairman’s Update: New Jersey-India Commission, Affordable Connectivity Program, and More!
Date February 9, 2024 8:13 PM
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We are thrilled to kick off this week's newsletter with the announcement that has ignited the spirit of our great state! We are thrilled that New Jersey has been chosen as the prestigious location for the World Cup Finals in 2026! This decision not only marks a historic moment for our diverse and vibrant community but also underscores the global recognition of the Garden State's unmatched hospitality and passion for sports. As we look forward to hosting this global sports event on our home turn, we are celebrating the unity and pride that this endeavor will bring to our beloved New Jersey.

I also want to wish everyone celebrating the Lunar New Year a radiant and joyous celebration! May the Year of the Dragon be filled with prosperity, good health, and cherished moments with family and friends. I am looking forward to embracing the spirit of renewal and welcoming this new lunar cycle with positivity and hope.

Additionally, I wanted to plug that the Latino Caucus and Muslim Caucus have expanded their online presence with the addition of new social media platforms that we are eager to promote. Connect with the Latino Caucus on Instagram at @democratasnj [[link removed]] and the Muslim Caucus on Instagram at @njmuslimdems [[link removed]] . Make sure to follow these new accounts to stay informed, engaged, and contribute to the enriching discussions these caucuses bring to our political landscape!

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Governor Murphy this week signed an Executive Order establishing the New Jersey-India Commission. The commission will be charged with advancing bilateral trade and investment and encouraging economic development in both New Jersey and India. As India is the most populous country in the world with one of the fastest-growing economies, the commission aims to promote cultural and educational exchanges between New Jersey and India and to promote sustainable long-term economic growth.

“I am honored to establish the New Jersey-India Commission to strengthen the cultural and economic ties between New Jersey and India for generations to come,” said Governor Murphy [[link removed]] . “Following my visit to India in 2019, we have been committed to strengthening our relationship, building on the overlapping economic strengths that New Jersey and India have long shared. We take immense pride in the contributions of our vast Indian immigrant population and, through this commission, we can ensure that we seize a new century of opportunities to grow together and pioneer new possibilities.”

India is New Jersey’s second-largest foreign direct investor and the majority of New Jersey’s immigrant population hails from India. In September of 2019, Governor Murphy and Choose New Jersey led an economic mission trip to India, fostering economic relations and securing over 1,200 new jobs by expanding the presence of three Indian companies within New Jersey. Over the past two decades, India has invested $2 billion dollars into New Jersey, helping to create nearly 6,000 jobs in key sectors like life sciences and technology. I want to congratulate Raj Parikh, Esq., NJDSC’s General Counsel, for his appointment to this important Commission.

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February is Black History Month, and we are proud to dedicate this month to recognizing the outstanding contributions of Black Caucus members and leaders in our state. Throughout February, we will shine a spotlight on individuals who continue to make history, serving as exemplary community leaders and advocates for the rights and well-being of the Black community in New Jersey.

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This week we are proud to shine a spotlight on Black Caucus Member Leon Boone. Leon is a graduate of Rowan University and has been involved with politics since volunteering for Gov. Phil Murphy’s campaign in 2017. He is passionate about environmental justice, criminal justice reform, as well as climate change. He previously worked on Murphy’s reelection campaign as the regional political director for Camden County. Currently, Boone is the President of the South Jersey Young Democrats Black Caucus, and Sustainable South Jersey. We are so grateful to be working alongside him to move our state, and the communities that surround us, forward.

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We are also proud to highlight the leadership of Assemblywoman Verlina Reynolds-Jackson this week. Assemblywoman Reynolds-Jackson is a product of the Trenton public school system. Her career as a Social Worker coupled with a commitment to public service led her to the elected position of East Ward Councilwoman, where she became the 1st African American female to serve in that position, and Council Vice-President where she legislated laws for the City of Trenton. Ms. Reynolds-Jackson is currently serving her 3rd term in the New Jersey Assembly and has ascended to Senior Leadership where she serves as Constituent Outreach Chair and Vice-Chairwoman of the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee.

For the past 10+ years, Verlina Reynolds-Jackson has been committed to serving her constituents through public service. She has achieved great satisfaction working with various populations, including her neighbors, the homeless, elderly, children, and people with disabilities. Her work has focused on social justice, enforcing business and landlord responsibility, environmental protection and demanding accountability for students.

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The Affordable Connectivity Program, enacted under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law as the largest internet affordability program in our nation’s history, is now helping 23 million households – 1 in 6 households across America – save $30-$75 each on their monthly internet bills. And, because the Biden-Harris Administration worked with internet providers to offer high-speed internet plans that are fully covered by the Affordable Connectivity Program, most eligible households can now get high-speed internet for free.

However, without action from Congress, this program will end this spring and millions of Americans may no longer be able to afford high-speed internet service. The Biden-Harris Administration continues to call on Congress to pass legislation that would extend free and discounted high-speed internet for eligible households through 2024.

In New Jersey: [[link removed]]
• Enrollment to date: Today, 335,079 New Jersey households are enrolled in the Affordable Connectivity Program. That’s about 1 in 10 households in the state.

• Funding to date: New Jersey has received $151,319,375 in funding from the Affordable Connectivity Program. That means New Jersey families are saving about $8.3 million total each month.

To sign-up for the Affordable Connectivity Program, you can visit [[link removed]]

— Chairman LeRoy J. Jones, Jr.

P.S. If you’re interested in applying to be a delegate for the 2024 Democratic National Convention, your LAST chance to learn about the application process is next week. The Disability Caucus is hosting a Delegate Selection Plan Info Session on Tuesday 2/13. Sign up HERE [[link removed]] . See you in Chicago!

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