of New Jersey
WHEREAS, the Asian
American community represents a large segment of the population of the
State of New Jersey and contributes significantly to the economic well
being and cultural richness of this State; and
WHEREAS, Asian Americans
are one of the fastest growing racial groups in New Jersey and the United
WHEREAS, New Jersey
is committed to understanding the community, economic, social, health
and educational needs and issues that are important to the Asian American
population in this State;
NOW, THEREFORE, I,
JAMES E. McGREEVEY, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of
the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the statutes of
this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:
There is hereby
created the Governor's Asian American Commission, hereinafter referred
to as "the Commission".
shall be comprised of no greater than forty-five (45) members to be
appointed by the Governor and to serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
The Secretary of State, or her designee, shall be a member. The balance
of the members shall represent a cross-section of the Asian American
population in this State. All public members shall be appointed for
a term of two (2) years and shall serve without compensation.
The Chair of
the Commission shall be selected by the Governor from among the membership.
It shall be
the charge and duty of the Commission to accomplish the following:
a. Develop and
coordinate statewide programs, recognizing the continuing contributions
of Asian Americans in New Jersey;
b. Draw upon the membership's shared knowledge and expertise in creating
activities designed to better educate all citizens of New Jersey as
to Asian American issues and culture and to promote the spirit of
Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by celebrating the
religious, ethnic and racial diversity within this State; and
c. Develop policies to improve the community, economic, social well-being,
health and educational needs important to Asian American communities
in New Jersey; and
d. Increase awareness among Asian Americans as to governmental affairs
and community and social
service resources that may benefit Asian American individuals and
communities as a whole.
shall meet no less than quarterly and shall report directly to the
Governor, outlining its progress and advising the Governor of the
Commission's recommendations, as they relate to the charge and duties
set forth above.
This Order shall
take effect immediately.
my hand and seal this day of
in the Year of Our Lord, Two Thousand Two,
and of the Independence of the United States,
the Two Hundred and Twenty-Seventh.
/s/ James E. McGreevey
/s/ Paul A. Levinsohn
Chief Counsel to