Gov. Phil Murphy has named Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune) to represent New Jersey on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
The commission, made up of gubernatorial appointees of the 15 Atlantic coast states from Maine to Florida, coordinates and manages fisheries resources on the Atlantic Coast.
Houghtaling replaces former State Sen. Robert Andrzejczak (D-Middle), who lost a bid to keep his State Senate seat in a special election last month. Andrzejczak had been named to the post by Gov. Chris Christie in 2014 following the defeat of his running mate, Assemblyman Nelson Albano (D-Vineland).
“I know how important aquaculture is to our state’s economy and culture, especially along the Jersey Shore, and I believe that our states can achieve greater things together than we ever could apart,” said Houghtaling. “I look forward to working alongside my fellow Commissioners to ensure that our fisheries are well-tended, protected from pollution and poaching, and conserved for future generations.”
Houghtaling is the chairman of the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.