New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine last week announced that attorney Jerold Zaro will replace Gary Rose as chief of the state’s Office of Economic Growth. Rose left the post at the end of June.

Zaro will now head the department charged with maintaining and cultivating business development in the Garden State. He is president and managing partner at Ansell Zaro Grimm & Aaron PC in New Jersey, and has served as chairman of the board of Ocean Independent Bank. Previously, he sat on the boards of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and the New Jersey Highway Authority.

“At a time when our nation is facing a fiscal crisis of epic proportion, there’s no-one better qualified than Jerry Zaro to ably steer New Jersey’s economic growth strategy,” Corzine said in a press release. “His 33 years of experience offer a diverse perspective that link critical facets of our economy — business, banking, real estate, law, and transportation.

Lawmakers established the Office of Economic Growth in January 2007 to strengthen the state’s corporate and business climate and create job growth throughout New Jersey.

Zaro will lead the effort to boost the state’s business environment by developing a competitive workforce, promote sustainable growth through strategic infrastructure investments in urban areas, pursue the development of new technologies, and cultivate more small, minority-owned, and women-owned businesses, among other goals.

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