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The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce supports Gov. Christie’s action today on the state budget. It is another example of fiscal policy by this governor that will help stabilize the business climate in New Jersey.

The State Chamber recognizes that many aspects of the governor's budget proposal have remained intact, including the final year of phased-in business tax cuts, such as single sales factor and net operating loss, that were initiated several years ago. We extend that appreciation to the bipartisan effort of our state legislators.

2015 06 22 Tax press conferenceBusiness leaders and legislators appeared at the State House June 22 to warn that a proposal to increase income taxes would hurt New Jersey's economy and job growth - essentially chasing high-income earners, and the taxes they pay, to more tax friendly states like Florida and Pennsylvania.

Amy MansueAmy Mansue, president & CEO of Children's Specialized Hospital, has been named Chair of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The move was confirmed by the Chamber Board on June 10. Mansue will serve a two-year term.

2015 06 11 NJ Chamber Open HouseHundreds of business leaders, legislators and state department heads packed the galleries and the outdoor pavilions of the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton on June 11 for the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's 18th Annual Open House. It was the third consecutive year the event was held away from our Trenton offices - a result of the growing popularity of the event. As always, there was great food, drink and ample networking opportunities for everyone.

NJ Chamber Roundtable BreakfastWhen lawmakers consider raising the state gas tax later this year, the legislation should include automatic annual increases to the tax that reflect inflation, Democratic Assemblyman John Burzichelli told a group of New Jersey Chamber of Commerce members at a roundtable breakfast in East Windsor on May 27. The breakfast, which also featured Republican Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, was designed to discuss the state budget and the New Jersey economy.

2015 05 18 NJ Chamber ChallengeThe ping of driver meeting golf ball. The smell of fresh cut grass. The chirping of birds. And a beautiful golf course. This was the setting for the 4th annual N.J. Chamber Golf Challenge on May 18, where business leaders plied their skill on 18 holes at the elegant Bedens Brook Club in Skillman.

2015 05 11 Tom Bracken tmSen. Raymond Lesniak's proposed legislation to place a moratorium on New Jersey's business incentive programs is an attempt to fix something that is not broken.

Let there be a full and fair accounting of the business incentive programs as prescribed by law, but let's not do it in a way that is destructive of a program that is bringing such positive results for everyone in New Jersey.

NJ Chamber Roundtable BreakfastSen. Paul Sarlo, chair of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, said there is little chance of a state gas tax increase being adopted before the November elections. "With all 80 (Assembly) seats up for reelection, nobody wants to talk about a gas tax," Sarlo told New Jersey Chamber of Commerce members during a breakfast roundtable in Monroe on April 28.

NJ Chamber Roundtable BreakfastState Treasurer Andrew P. Sidamon-Eristoff on March 6 gave New Jersey Chamber of Commerce members a briefing of Gov. Chris Christie's proposed $33.8 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year - and he touted the Christie administration's continuing efforts to reduce business taxes.

The state is still dealing with significant issues that impact our economy, job growth and our competitiveness. We look forward to helping shape solutions to these challenges and improving New Jersey's competitive position by aggressively working on initiatives that help grow jobs and the state's economy.