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It is a fitting tribute to Caren Franzini that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority headquarters has been named after her. She was a stalwart in the area of the state's economic development, and her many accomplishments made an enormous positive impact on thousands of businesses and the state's economy.

 

NJ Chamber Member Networking BreakfastNew Jersey Chamber of Commerce members exchanged business cards and discussed the latest Chamber programs, events and ways to grow their businesses at a networking event July 26 held in the luxury boxes at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment.

 

A New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation program that is helping high school students develop college and workplace skills was honored during an event in Las Vegas on July 12. The program, 'Jobs for New Jersey's Graduates,' was lauded for the effective work it is doing in placing high school graduates, once considered at-risk for dropping out of school, in full-time jobs, the military or post-secondary education.

 

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce applauds U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen for his leadership in securing $900 million in funding for the Gateway Project, which will serve to ease the bottleneck that impedes travel to and from Manhattan.

 

2017 07 12 Tom BrackenHow many business executives who were thinking of moving or expanding here changed their minds after seeing what transpired in New Jersey up to and during the state shutdown?

 

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce is pleased that the budget impasse has ended and the state can return to normal operations.

We are not pleased with the process and dialogue that took place during the approval of this legislation. However, a consensus was reached by constructive dialogue and the Chamber thanks Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey CEO Bob Marino for his engagement with our legislative leaders.

 

2017 06 30 TAB SFew people will be affected if the Horizon bill is deferred, said Bracken. On the other hand, if the budget bill is not passed, it’s unconscionable to shut down the state government which would negatively affect many of our most vulnerable citizens.

 

The ramifications of S-4 are so broad and far reaching that it must have a more thorough analysis of its impact. It should not be rushed through the legislature during the waning days of the state budget deliberations.

 

Admiral Paul ZukunftAdmiral Paul Zukunft has been the commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard since May 30, 2014, leading 41,700 men and women on active duty, 7,800 reserves, 8,300 civilians and 31,000 volunteer Auxiliarists. In an interview with Tom Fox, Zukunft discussed the times that have tested his leadership skills, the lessons he has learned during 40 years of service and his 4:30 a.m. exercise routine.

 

2017 06 20 John McWeeney tmFor New Jersey Bankers CEO and President John McWeeney Jr., the Federal Reserve’s announcement that it is raising short-term interest rates is somewhat of a reason to be happy.

At least, if you’re in banking.

 

2017 06 22 Tom Bracken SNew Jersey Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Bracken appeared on New Jersey 101.5 June 20 to talk about the state Legislature’s proposal to expand New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave, a measure that would double the amount of time workers can take off and increase the pay that workers get when on leave.

 

Gov. Christie's report today on New Jersey's unemployment rate and private sector job growth is good news for our state. Under Gov. Christie's pro-business agenda and with the support of the Legislature, we have made progress in the past seven years.