In a jointly issued statement, Senator Jeff Van Drew and Senator Christopher J. Connors of the 1st and 9th Legislative Districts announced that they have been appointed by the Senate Legislative Leadership to serve on the “New Jersey Veterans’ Hospital Task Force,” which was established through legislation recently signed into law by Governor Christie.
Senator Van Drew and Senator Connors, who both serve on the Senate Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee, were the prime sponsors of the legislative initiative to form the Task Force which will be charged with studying and evaluating, and developing recommendations relating to the construction and operation of a veterans’ health care facility in southern New Jersey.
Also sponsoring the legislation was Assemblymen Matt Milam and nelson Albano of the 1st Legislative District and 9th Legislative District Legislators Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove.
More specifically within the context of the Task Force’s responsibilities, specific focus will be placed on:
– estimating the capital, operational and administrative expenses associated with establishing a new facility or contracting with an existing facility;
– reviewing data on the number of veterans residing in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties and the number of veterans receiving medical services at hospitals within those counties in the past five years;
– reviewing various methods of financing a new facility through public and private partnerships; and
– investigating opportunities for the State to enter into collaborative agreements with the federal government to ensure the most efficient use of funds and resources.