U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo toured a series of clean energy labs at Rutgers University today with Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-Long Branch), making her the second federal Cabinet official to recently visit Pallone’s district after Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm did so in mid-July.
As chair of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, Pallone has significant power over some of President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda.
“Thanks to President Biden’s leadership and the work Congressional Democrats have done, we have a plan to confront the challenges of the future and ensure our economy provides a robust prosperity for everyone,” Pallone said in a statement on Raimondo’s visit.
Raimondo said that Biden’s Build Back America plan would help states like New Jersey “compete on the global stage.”
“From offshore wind to robotics and sustainable manufacturing, the kind of research happening at Rutgers is critical to maintaining America’s competitive edge,” Raimondo said. “To win the 21st century, we need to double down on American innovation.”
Raimondo is the fifth Biden Cabinet member to make a stop in New Jersey this summer, with Secretary of Education Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge, and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona all visiting the state since June.