March 29, 2019 | Number of The Day
Increase in the dollar value of New Jersey’s manufactured goods since 2000

The dollar value of New Jersey’s manufactured goods has increased “almost 75 percent since 2000 and account for nearly 90 percent of New Jersey’s exports.” So said Assemblyman Clinton Calabrese (D-Bergen, Passaic), who added, “These goods are shipped throughout the United States and all over the globe.” Not too shabby! Calabrese suggests that manufacturing in the Garden State — which supports almost a quarter of a million jobs — is “booming.”

Calabrese and Assembly colleagues Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey (both D-Monmouth) are behind a measure to create an official “NJ-Made” logo to be used by in-state manufacturers. Their bill (A-3692) didn’t draw any arguments; it passed the full Assembly by a vote of 75-0. “A state brand showcases the variety of goods and products made right here in New Jersey,” said Houghtaling. “We can celebrate and raise awareness of New Jersey’s manufacturing sector by promoting state production anywhere the product is sold in the world. That’s just good business.”