NJ Lawmakers Promote Bipartisan Effort to Cut Red Tape for Businesses

Brenda Flanagan

A bipartisan collection of state senators is pushing to revive a panel dedicated to helping the public — and especially business owners — clear a path through what they say are overly burdensome government regulations.

Steve Oroho, the Morris County Republican, and Bergen Democrat Paul Sarlo are co-sponsoring S-4125, a bill creating the “Government Efficiency and Regulatory Review Commission.” And the state’s top lawmaker, Senate President Steve Sweeney, is also on board with the concept.

It’s all music to the ears of Tom Olsen of Lodi, who says his company is imperiled by the actions of state regulators.

“I am caught in the middle of red tape, regulation,” said Olsen, at an event Wednesday sponsored by the Morris County Chamber of Commerce where state lawmakers discussed the idea of recreating a panel to review regulations.

In 2010, Gov. Chris Christie impaneled the so-called Red Tape Review Commission by executive order. It inspired changes in several laws and regulations, but also drew criticism for its perceived bias toward business interests, often at the expense of the environment.

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