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Congressional Delegation to be Honored
at the N.J. Chamber's 80th Trip to D.C.


The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce announced today that Gov. Chris Christie, and U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory D. Booker; as well as Congressman Christopher Smith, will speak at the 80th annual Congressional Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 16 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.

The dinner is the highlight of the Walk to Washington, the N.J. Chamber's annual train trek to the nation's capital. The event attracts New Jersey business leaders in every industry and political leaders in every level of government, giving guests unprecedented opportunities for conversation, visibility and business networking.

"This is the kind of super-networking that helps businesses grow," said Tom Bracken, president and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. "That is why we have been doing it for 80 years. It is New Jersey's biggest and most prestigious business event of the year."

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Guests have the opportunity to hear from Gov. Christie and members of New Jersey's Congressional delegation as they discuss efforts to build the economy and generate jobs; and discuss changes in D.C. under the new Congress and the Trump administration.

Gov. Christie has said, "The year does not begin until the Chamber dinner in Washington."

The event also will feature candidates for governor, including Assemblyman Jack Ciatterelli, Sen. Raymond Lesniak, former ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy, and Assemblyman John Wisniewski.

Every winter, Chamber members board a chartered Amtrak train to Washington for the Walk to Washington, a name given to the event because riders on the train walk up and down the aisles discussing issues and generating business contacts.

Last year, the Walk to Washington and Congressional Dinner attracted 900 business executives, government officials, and more than 40 members of the news media.


The Train Schedule

The upcoming Walk to Washington begins the morning of Feb. 16 when the Chamber's train picks up passengers at Penn Station in Newark. The train then makes stops in Iselin (Metropark), New Brunswick, Trenton, Philadelphia and Wilmington before heading into Washington.

Participants spend the evening at a grand reception and at the Congressional Dinner at the Marriott Wardman. The networking continues the next morning with a reporters roundtable breakfast followed by the charter train's return trip to New Jersey, bringing guests back to their point of origin.

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