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2013-06-07 NJ Chamber Roundtable BreakfastMany of the tax incentive programs offered by the state to stimulate job creation will be merged into a single program thanks to a bill that will likely soon be passed by the Legislature and sent to the governor for his signature, said Bill Caruso, executive director of the Assembly Democratic Office and Mark Duffy, executive director of the Assembly Republican Office.

Ralph IzzoRalph Izzo, chairman and CEO of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG), has been named Chairman of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The move was confirmed by the Chamber Board on June 4. Izzo will serve a two-year term.

Senator Frank LautenbergSenator Lautenberg should be remembered for his tireless advocacy of New Jersey and his work to make our state a better place to live and to work. He fought to preserve health insurance for thousands of children; he pushed to reimburse military families who bought body armor for their loved ones serving in Iraq; he modernized the G.I. Bill; and was the chief proponent of the ban on smoking in airplanes.

 

2013-05-22 MorvenGov. Chris Christie signed 80 bills into law last year, the fewest number of laws New Jersey has adopted in any year going back 170 years, Christie's Chief of Staff Kevin O'Dowd said at an exclusive breakfast for New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Cornerstone members this morning.

The small number of new laws is a source of pride for the Christie administration. "We are standing up to the Legislature and telling them we are not going to sign bills that we don't believe in," O'Dowd said.

Business Executives are Cautiously Optimistic After Sandy

As New Jersey's gubernatorial election approaches, two out of three business owners and executives say they either will or probably will vote to re-elect Gov. Chris Christie this November no matter who the Democrat candidate is, according to a recent ParenteBeard - New Jersey Chamber Business Climate Survey of business leaders.

 

2013 NJ Chamber ChallengeThe ping of driver meeting golf ball. The smell of fresh cut grass. The chirping of birds. And a beautiful golf course with temps hovering near 70 degrees. This was the setting for the second annual NJ Chamber Golf Challenge on May 6. One hundred and eight business leaders plied their skill on 18 holes at the elegant Bedens Brook Club in Skillman.

Businesses can apply for Superstorm Sandy recovery grants of up to $50,000 at the website of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA). Small businesses and nonprofits struck by the storm are eligible for the grants that can be used toward working capital or new construction.

The Port Authority's Bayonne Bridge and Goethals Bridge projects are smart investments. In the short term, the projects put thousands of people to work.

In the longer term, the projects will allow an entire new generation of large container ships to access our port, keeping it vibrant, bringing new business to the state, and creating thousands more jobs.

A strong infrastructure is mandatory for a strong economy. This is a perfect example of how New Jersey needs to modernize its infrastructure to remain competitive in the 21st century.

Marc Ferzan at NJCC roundtable tmbMarc-Philip Ferzan, the executive director of Governor Christie's office of Recovery and Rebuilding, said he had barely settled in his office in the State House when New Jersey Chamber President Tom Bracken dropped by to appeal for grants, not low-interest loans, for businesses destroyed or affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Since then, the state has proposed small business grants of up to $50,000 and no-interest loans of up to $5 million for business affected by the storm. The programs, which rely on federal funds, are awaiting approval by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

A Salute to New Jerseyans Who Exemplified Heroism and Kindness in the Wake of the Storm

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce today unveiled its Superstorm Sandy Hero Project, an oral history of heroic acts in the wake of the storm. The project is designed to document and preserve the heroism and kindness exhibited by New Jerseyans in the aftermath of the storm.