Infrastructure investments have long been an economic engine for our country. Building American roads, bridges and rail lines helped pull us out of the Great Depression, and revived our stalled economy. It's time to return to that notion that if we commit the resources necessary we can put New Jerseyans back to work and strengthen our transportation and infrastructure networks for the long-term safety and productivity of our state. A strong infrastructure is essential to our ability to move goods and services throughout our state, and therefore grow our economy, which is why I proudly helped author Assembly Bill 2268 which establishes a State Transportation Infrastructure Bank. This measure uses private investment matched with public funds to get critical infrastructure projects started, while recognizing that these type of projects - roads, bridges, energy or water system plants, the restoration of the Jersey shore natural gas pipelines, or the burying of energy lines below ground - can pay for themselves over time.