Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange) has appointed Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Elizabeth) as the new Chair of the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee.
“I have no doubt that Assemblywoman Quijano, with her extensive legal background, will serve the General Assembly well as the new Homeland Security Chair,” Oliver said in a statement. “As a representative of one of our largest port cities, with proximity to one of the nation’s busiest airports, she fully understands the importance of homeland security to the safety and well-being of our residents.”
Quijano will fill the vacancy left by the departure of retired Assemblyman Frederick Scalera (D-Nutley).
Former assistant counsel to governors Jim McGreevey, Richard Codey and Jon Corzine and former chief of staff to state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Elizabeth), Quijano served as a compliance manager for Prudential/Aetna U.S. Healthcare and as an attorney in civil practice. She is a veteran of the United Way Hispanic Advisory Council of Union County, the Governor’s Working Group for Hispanic Affairs and a former congressional redistricting commissioner.