The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce honored Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande as Legislator of the year last night at its biannual legislative awards reception at the New Jersey Center of Excellence in Bridgewater.
Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, an attorney and the assistant Republican Leader in the Assembly, is an outspoken advocate for government efficiency and for identifying waste, fraud, and abuse in government agencies. She has introduced legislation that would establish job creation among small businesses and a bill that would establish tax-free business incubators at institutions of higher education. Further, Assemblywoman Casagrande has a bill that will codify the New Jersey Business Action Center into law, guaranteeing its permanence.
Casagrande represents New Jersey’s 11th Legislative District which includes Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Colts Neck, Deal, Eatontown, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Interlaken, Loch Arbour, Long Branch, Neptune City, Neptune Township, Ocean Township, Red Bank, Shrewsbury Borough, Shrewsbury Township, Tinton Falls, and West Long Branch.
“Making New Jersey a better place to live and work is one of my priorities as a legislator,” said Casagrande, who sponsors a bill (A-3573) establishing a small business job creation account program to increase employment opportunities. “Our economy depends on thriving small businesses and successful companies. We cannot discount any industry or business that provides career opportunities. The chamber is an important part of this effort and represents the interests of all businesses to make sure government is efficient, smarter, and responsive.”
Casagrande currently serves on the Assembly Appropriations Committee, Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee and the Assembly Women and Children Committee. She has also introduced a package of bills, A-3642 and A-3643, to encourage the development of business incubators, and A-1639 which provides businesses a tax credit for child care expenses.