NJ Tourism Industry Assoc. Names Antwan McClellan Legislator of Year


Photo courtesy of Antwan McClellan.


TRENTONSouth Jersey Assemblyman Antwan McClellan was named Legislator of the Year by the New Jersey Tourism Industry Association at its annual Advocacy Day at the state Capitol this week.

McClellan, the former Ocean City councilman who represents District 1 in the New Jersey State Assembly, honored McClellan and fellow Senator Vin Gopol for their work promoting the state on Thursday, May 16.

“We had a great Advocacy Day in Trenton,” the association said on Facebook. “Thank you Assemblyman Antwan McClellan – District One for all of your efforts in making New Jersey the best place to visit.”

McClellan responded to the honor on social media.

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“It was my pleasure this morning to accept the 2024 Legislator of the Year Award from the New Jersey Tourism Industry Association at their annual Advocacy Day in Trenton. Tourism plays a vital role in the economy of Legislative District One and the State of New Jersey as a whole,” McClellan said on Facebook.

“I will continue to fight for and uplift the great work of our tourism professionals and captains of industry.”

McClellan is the first African American Republican in the legislature since 2002 and the first African American elected to the General Assembly to represent the southernmost New Jersey counties. He took his seat in Trenton in 2020 and currently serves as the Minority Whip — and represents Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland counties.

Photo courtesy of Antwan McClellan.

McClellan is the prime sponsor and the spiritual force behind of the Heritage Trail Assembly bill. His bill passed both Houses unanimously.

Cape May County Commissioner Melanie Collette shared her congratulations on social media as well.

“Your dedication to supporting and promoting tourism is making a significant impact in Legislative District One and throughout New Jersey,” she said on Facebook. “Keep up the great work championing our local economy and tourism industry leaders. Proud to have you as a boss and friend, sir.”

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