State Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez and her legislative counterparts in the 5th Legislative District Assemblyman Bill Spearman and Bill Moen joined Camden City Councilman Angel Fuentes for a tour of the Balzano Marine Terminal on July 16.
The legislative team whose district includes Camden City, home to Balzano Marine Terminal and Broadway Marine Terminal, continues to be strong champions of the SJP’s mission in the New Jersey State Legislature and advocates for the needs of their constituents from quality of life to job creation and economic stability.
“The port is a pillar of Camden’s economy and with that comes the responsibility to the people of the city,” said Senator Cruz-Perez. “And it’s important that the port continues to be a good corporate citizen that runs its business respectful of the people are the backbone of our city.”
“Yes, jobs matter,” added Assemblyman Moen. “But just as important is improving the quality of life of our neighborhoods and this tour affirmed to me the SJPC’s commitment toward that mission, too.
Assemblyman Spearman and City Councilman President Angel Fuentes, who also toured the port, agreed.
“The port is taking some important steps. Big steps like switching from diesel to electric to power its equipment fleet and some small steps like switching to LED lighting to reduce its carbon footprint, which takes investment,” said Assemblyman Spearman.
“We are fortunate to work hand-in-hand with government leaders,” said Andy Saporito, Executive Director and CEO of SJP. “Creating jobs is our mission, but being a good neighbor is equally important. Reducing our carbon footprint is important, but so is reducing the impact of truck traffic to and from our terminals on neighborhoods. By working with our legislators, city government, and residents we can improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.”