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NJ Chamber Roundtable BreakfastBusinesses affected by Superstorm Sandy should file for federal aid as soon as possible, state Treasurer Andrew P. Sidamon-Eristoff said during a New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Roundtable yesterday.

Officials have said that businesses that do not file for FEMA or SBA disaster assistance by May 1 will no longer qualify for Superstorm Sandy federal aid.

We applaud the governor's continued fiscal discipline as reflected in his proposed budget. Thanks to this discipline, we are actually spending less than we did six years ago. Yet, we are maintaining the business incentives and tax reform measures that will help business prosper and create jobs.

N.J. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Bracken's Statement on PSE&G's initiative, filed today, to upgrade its infrastructure:

Investing in a reliable and resilient energy infrastructure that is better able to withstand powerful and damaging storms like Sandy and other natural disasters will help keep New Jersey competitive and open for business. The New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce supports the commitment and investment of New Jersey's utility industry, including PSE&G's infrastructure investment program. PSE&G's initiative would upgrade switching stations and substations and replace cast iron gas mains in or near flood hazards - with continued oversight and coordination through the N.J. Board of Public Utilities. This focus will ultimately create redundancy to reduce outages and provide New Jersey with a stronger and more sustainable energy system.


2013 Walk to Washington

More than 40 Legislators, both U.S. Senators, Seven Congressmen, 30 Reporters and the Nation's Most Prominent Governor 

The 76th Annual Walk to Washington and Congressional Dinner on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 brought to Washington a who's who of New Jersey business and government leaders, all of whom participated in what NJBIZ newspaper called "a massive mobile networking event" and the Star-Ledger called "a longstanding Jersey tradition."

Gov. Brendan Byrne has been part of the New Jersey political scene for a long time. How long? This year marks the 50th time he attends the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce annual Walk to Washington and Congressional Dinner.

But Four out of 10 Say They Expect to Hire in Next 12 Months

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce members are less optimistic about the state's business climate than they were seven months ago, according to the N.J. Chamber's most recent Business Climate Survey conducted in December. Nearly a quarter of respondents said they expect the state economy to be "moderately worse" or "worse" over the next 12 months. That is a sharp increase from a May 2012 survey of state Chamber members in which only 6 percent of Chamber members expected the economy to wane.

Governor Christie has announced the implementation of a business impact assessment for small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy. If your business was affected by the storm, please take a moment to fill out this survey.

2012-12-14 RT Breakfast with NJEDA LeadersNew Jersey officials are waiting anxiously to see how much in federal funding is coming to cover the cost of rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy - and how the federal funding will be delivered. The Christie administration and New Jersey's Congressional delegation are lobbying to obtain much of the federal aid in the form of Community Development Block Grants, the type of funding that is largely used at the discretion of the state and local governments, said Michelle Brown, the CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

NJ Chamber Holiday PartyMore than 200 N.J. Chamber of Commerce members celebrated the start of the holiday season November 29 night at Calandra's Italian Village in Caldwell – and raised funds for Hurricane Sandy relief in the process.

2012-11-28 RT Breakfast tmbFresh from the news that Hurricane Sandy wrought $36.8 billion worth of damage in New Jersey, Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Senate Republican Leader Thomas Kean Jr. spoke with New Jersey Chamber of Commerce members on Nov. 28 about the massive clean-up and recovery – and they spoke frankly.