Saying New Jersey is getting lapped by other states in job creation, Gov. Phil Murphy has signed an executive order creating a new task force to help stimulate the state’s economy.
The order establishes the Jobs and Economic Opportunity Council in the governor’s office.
“I’m directing the council to analyze state and national economic trends and data to design the policies needed to attract, expand, and retain good jobs,” the governor said.
Murphy wants the task force to identify potential sources of funding for infrastructure improvements, workforce development, and post-secondary educational initiatives.
“I know there are outside sources of funds for programs that we have left on the table for too long,” he said. “One of the elements of getting us back into that fight is to have a strong muscular Washington presence, something we haven’t had in a while. We’re about to announce shortly a new head of that effort.”
Murphy said the council will also oversee the development of new software to improve services for job seekers.
“Turning this economy around and making it stronger will take some time,” he said. “But every step forward is a positive. Every new job shows strength. Every new business shows strength. Every student we can keep in New Jersey for their education will add to our strength.”
Members of the council will include Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, the State Treasurer, Commissioner of Education, Commissioner of Labor, Secretary of Higher Education, CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, Commissioner of Banking and Insurance, and the Director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. The governor’s Chief of Staff, Chief Counsel, Chief Policy Advisor, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Economic Growth will also be on the council.