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Lauren Lalicon has joined the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce as director of government relations, where she will advocate for pro-business issues concentrating on economic development, taxation, and health care. Lauren will be reporting to Michael Egenton, executive vice president of government relations with the Chamber.

2016 04 20 Member Breakfast tmNew 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 at the home base of NJ Sharing Network in New Providence on April 20.

NJ Chamber Roundtable BreakfastThe state's special account that funds projects to maintain and improve New Jersey's highways, bridges and mass transit will run out of money this July, and many observers are startled by how little progress appears to have been made toward a solution - such as an increase in the per-gallon gas tax to generate new revenue.

This positive development means employers will pay less into the fund and will instead invest more in their businesses and in New Jersey's economic growth.

NJ Chamber Roundtable BreakfastA proposal in the Legislature to constitutionally require the state to make payments into its massively underfunded public employee pension fund would only deepen New Jersey’s fiscal problems, warned Thomas J. Healey, who coordinates the work of New Jersey’s bi-partisan Pension and Benefits Study Commission.

NJ Chamber Roundtable BreakfastThe state's impending transportation funding crisis can be solved in the next few months, and the Christie Administration will lead a push for the outright elimination of the New Jersey estate tax during its last two years in office.

These assertions were made by newly appointed Acting State Treasurer Ford M. Scudder, during an address to business leaders March 9 at a breakfast in East Windsor sponsored jointly by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and the New Jersey Business & Industry Association.

2016 Walk to WashingtonThe 79th Annual Walk to Washington and Congressional Dinner on Feb. 25 and 26, 2016 brought to Washington a who's who of New Jersey business and government leaders. More than 900 boarded the Chamber's chartered Amtrak train, including state legislators, CEOs, small business owners, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit leaders, who walked the aisles chatting and exchanging business cards.

Opportunity NJ Press ConferenceThe coalition members who sponsored the New Jersey Business Summit in September announced today the formation of a grassroots organization called Opportunity New Jersey whose mission is to increase awareness of the impact that policies and legislative action will have on the state’s economy and job growth for New Jersey citizens.

Bigger Worries are finding qualified job candidates, overly burdensome regulatory requirements and the high cost of state and local taxes

While New Jersey employers remain wary about the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, their concerns have declined markedly according to the results of the latest Baker Tilly - New Jersey Chamber of Commerce business climate survey.

NJBIZ's List of Powerful People Includes Nine New Jersey Chamber Board Members

NJBIZ newspaper released its Power 100 list this week - a list of what the newspaper considers the most powerful people in the New Jersey business community.