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NJ Senate President to Receive 1997 Governance Award
The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce has announced that State Senate President Donald T. DiFrancesco will be one of four recipients of its 1997 Outstanding Governance Award.
Senator DiFrancesco represents the 22nd Legislative District which includes Westfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood and Mountainside.
Senator Wayne Bryant and Assemblymen Alex DeCroce and Anthony Impreveduto also were selected.
The awards will be given out today, Thursday, September 18, at the State Chambers annual legislative dinner at the Atlantic City Convention Center.
"Throughout my political career, Ive always worked with the business community to create and protect jobs in the state and to improve the economic opportunities of the people of New Jersey," said Senator DiFrancesco. "I will continue to work to make New Jersey a better place to live and do business," he added.
Inaugurated in 1995, the Outstanding Governance Award is presented annually to four lawmakers a Republican and a Democrat in both the Senate and the Assembly who have distinguished themselves as business advocates.
The award winners were selected by the State Chamber with input from several Trenton-based organizations.
In selecting Senator DiFrancesco, Chamber Vice President of Government Relations Jim Leonard cited the Senate Presidents work on the dredging problem that threatens Port Newark.
"The dredging of our ports is perhaps the most critical challenge facing the Garden States economic prosperity," said Mr. Leonard. "By creating the bonding mechanism which will provide the resources to ensure the ongoing viability of our ports, he has done the state an incredible service."
The Senator also received high marks for his leadership in shepherding energy deregulation through the Senate and into law.
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September 23, 1997
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