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2015 03 10 Rider UniversitySome of the region's top business leaders said Tuesday that education could be a powerful economic engine, but only if the state's colleges and universities strengthen its ties with the business community and forge more active partnerships.

2015 03 02 Paid Sick LeaveA coalition of New Jersey business groups filed a lawsuit in state court Monday seeking to overturn a new law requiring businesses to provide paid sick leave to employees who work in Trenton.

2015 03 02 Amazon tmThe massive Amazon fulfillment center in Robbinsville is hiring again.

The online retail giant said in a news release that it is looking for 800 more full-time fulfillment associates at the 1 million-square-foot warehouse and distribution center. These workers pick, pack and ship customer orders, Amazon said.

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For Donald Norcross, the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s Walk to Washington event this week will feel a little different than it has in years past.

“After attending this event for years, it will be surreal to be seated on the other side of the table addressing attendees,” Norcross told NJBIZ. “New Jersey is home to some of our nation’s most successful businesses and organizations and each is unique in its background, concerns and viewpoints.

“I’m looking forward to meeting with them and hearing what Democrats and Republicans can do together to strengthen our state’s economy and grow jobs.”

Triple Play is a weekly NJBIZ feature that asks top executives in New Jersey to talk about three things related to their industry.

Michael Egenton is the senior vice president of government relations for the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, representing the business community on legislative and regulatory matters in Trenton.

We asked Michael for three things in Trenton that the business community will be keeping a close eye on in the next few months:

Izod CenterThe Izod Center — the state-owned arena that has been part of the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford for more than three decades and was once the home to the New Jersey Devils and Nets — is expected to close its doors at the end of the month.