Cape May County is probably not the first place most New Jerseyans think of when they hear the word “urban,” but its state senator, Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis) today held his first meeting as chairman of the Community and Urban Affairs Committee.
“I have some very urban areas in my district as well,” said Van Drew, pointing out that Cumberland County’s cities of Millville and Vineland – both of which are Urban Enterprise Zones and former Abbott Districts – are part of his legislative district.
“I truly have a very, very mixed district,” he said. “Some of the wealthiest communities in the country all the way to some of the poorest communities in the State of New Jersey.”
Van Drew also mentioned that he grew up in Paterson, the state’s third largest city.
The committee chairmanship was previously held by state Sen. Ronald Rice (D-Newark), who was demoted to vice-chair for backing former Senate President Richard Codey (D-Roseland) over the new Senate President, Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford).