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Executive Order #87

Governor James J. Florio

WHEREAS, the respective branches of the military have proposed to the federal Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission certain base closings and realignments throughout the Nation; and

WHEREAS, three major defense facilities in New Jersey have been proposed for closure or realignment: Fort Monmouth, Monmouth County; McGuire Air Force Base, Burlington County; and the Naval Air Warfare Center, Mercer County; and

WHEREAS, these base closings and realignments, and the general reduction in federal spending for national defense purposes, will have a significant impact upon defense firms, communities and workers, thus affecting the economy of the State and the prosperity, safety, health and general welfare of our citizens and their standard of living; and

WHEREAS, there is a need for the State to take immediate action to prepare for and address the economic repercussions that may befall the State as a result of the Commission's recommendations; and

WHEREAS, an assessment must be made as to the potential impact of declining defense expenditures on the State's economy; and

WHEREAS, there is a need to identify and evaluate all federal and State programs that may be of assistance to defense firms, communities and other businesses interested in conversion or joint use; and

WHEREAS, new State initiatives must be developed and the activities of existing programs and personnel must be coordinated in order to meet the specific needs of businesses, communities and workers; and

WHEREAS, the State must develop and implement a comprehensive plan to ensure New Jersey's continued economic growth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JIM FLORIO, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

1. There is hereby created the "Defense Conversion and Community Assistance Commission" (hereinafter "Commission").

2. The Commission shall consist of a minimum of twenty-five members and a maximum of fifty members. The public members of the Commission shall be appointed by the Governor who shall include representatives from, but not be limited to, contracting firms, organized labor, academia, banking and financial institutions, air freight and air transport associations and community leaders. This Commission shall also include as ex officio members the Commissioners of the Departments of Commerce and Economic Development, Labor, Transportation, Environmental Protection and Energy, and Banking; the Adjutant General of the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs; the Executive Director of the Economic Development Authority; and the Chairs of the Commission of Science and Technology and the Commission on Employment and Training; or their designees. Furthermore, there shall be two members who shall be Representatives from the United States Congress. An additional four members of the Commission shall be State legislators, two of whom shall be appointed from the Senate and be appointed by the Senate President (no more than one of whom shall be of the same political party), and two of whom shall be appointed from the General Assembly and be appointed by the Speaker (no more than one of whom shall be of the same political party). The Chair and Vice-Chair of the Commission shall be designated from among the members by the Governor. All members shall serve without compensation.

3. The Commission shall study the economic impact of the defense base closings and federal defense spending reduction upon defense firms, communities, local businesses and workers and make recommendations to ensure that the various factors cited in the Preamble of the Executive Order, and other factors deemed relevant by the Commission, are given proper consideration.

4. The Commission shall coordinate for the State of New Jersey the receipt and distribution of all funds to be used to implement those programs that have been recommended by the Commission to mitigate the impact of defense base closure and realignment, defense industry conversion and community and worker assistance, unless otherwise specified by law.

5. Subject to the approval of the Governor, the Commission may prepare and approve a budget to be funded through available federal and State funds to conduct forums, to reimburse members of the Commission for reasonable and necessary expenses for attending Commission meetings and performing Commission duties, and to obtain the services of such professional, technical, and clerical personnel as may be necessary to carry out its functions.

6. The Commission is authorized to call upon any department, office, division or agency of this State to supply it with data and any other information, personnel or assistance it deems necessary to discharge its duties under this Order. Each department, office, division or agency of this State is hereby required, to the extent not inconsistent with law, to cooperate with the Commission and furnish it with such information, personnel and assistance as is necessary to accomplish the purpose of this Order.

7. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this
29th day of March in the Year of Our
Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and
Ninety Three, and of the Independence
of the United States, the Two Hundred
and Seventeenth.

/s/ JAMES J. FLORIO
GOVERNOR

Attest:

/s/ M. Robert DeCotiis
Chief Counsel to the Governor

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