N.J. State Senator Vin Gopal to Chair Senate Education Committee

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NJ State Senator Vin Gopal, D-Monmouth. Photo: Profile photo on Twitter @vingopal

New Jersey State Senator Vin Gopal will chair the Senate Education Committee in the new 2022-2023 State Legislature.

“I am looking forward to the new session and my new Senate Committee assignments,” Gopal is quoted saying in a press release Jan. 13, 2022. On Twitter, he added, “Succeeding the incredible @SenMTeresaRuiz will not be an easy task but I plan to build on to her incredible tenure in order to stand up for New Jersey’s students.”

In addition to chairing the Education Committee, Gopal, D-Monmouth, will serve on the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee and the State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee.

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“While my committee assignments have changed, I remain as committed as always to the mission of making Monmouth County and all of New Jersey safer and more affordable for families, seniors, taxpayers, and small businesses,” Gopal said.

The first, and so far the only Indian-American to be elected to the N.J. State Senate, Gopal said he is excited with his new assignment to the Education Committee because he comes with experience of successfully fighting for an additional $100 million in the FY2022 budget for supporting educators.

The extra funding is targeted to helping extraordinary special education and includes an additional $3.4 million for LD11 school districts, bringing the total amount of extraordinary special education for all Monmouth County schools to $13.4 million.”

Gopal earlier chaired the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee till Jan. 11, where he introduced several pieces of legislation that ended up becoming laws, to help veterans find employment, health care and other benefits.

He has also put forward a package of bills in the Senate to improve conditions in State Veterans’ Memorial Nursing Homes.

Gopal also announced that he will be moving from his current office in Tinton Falls to the former Legislative District 11 Assembly office in Ocean Township, where the district’s Constituent Services Team is located.

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