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2017 10 11 Legislative Awards SThe New Jersey Chamber of Commerce honored four legislators, the head of the state Board of Public Utilities (BPU) and a tireless New Jersey energy company executive - all of whom have gone above and beyond to help recharge New Jersey's business climate - at a reception in Pennington on Oct. 11.

The event, held at the Bank of America Hopewell Conference Center, attracted 150 guests, including members of both parties - many of whom said it is time for the parties to put politics aside and pave the way for more economic development and jobs in the Garden State.

 

2017 10 11 NJ 1015 STom Bracken, the president of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, said often in New Jersey there’s a lot of talk and no action, but this idea is all about action “that is going to be transformational for the workplace and workforce development in New Jersey.”

 

More than 22,000 New Jersey residents are afforded the protection of DACA. These residents have lived here virtually all of their lives and have become engrained in our communities. Like the rest of our citizens, they work here and they pay taxes here.

 

2017 10 10 Gubernatorial Debate 1sThe low-profile governor’s race in New Jersey shed its sleepy veneer on Tuesday night as the first general election debate quickly descended into an hourlong rumpus that was both acerbic and wonkish with the two candidates repeatedly lacing into each other’s positions and personal background.

 

2017 10 04 Tom Bracken SThe leaders at Opportunity NJ are not waiting around for the gubernatorial election to take action.

Fewer than three weeks after the organization’s Affordability Summit — an event that brought hundreds of business and government leaders together to discuss New Jersey’s future — it already has produced a white paper-type analysis it will soon present to the gubernatorial candidates.

 

2017 09 22 Frelinghuysen SCongressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, fresh from a battle with fellow Republicans over federal funding for construction of The Gateway Tunnel, a critical rail link under the Hudson River, met exclusively with New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Cornerstone members in East Windsor on Sept. 22.

 

The Presidents CupThree former U.S. presidents are scheduled to open this year's Presidents Cup tournament at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City on Thursday, the PGA announced today.

Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will be on the course at the first tee to mark the start of the matches, which are played every two years.

 

2017 09 20 RTB Martin SNew Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin, who has been with the Christie administration since Day 1, recalled a day eight years ago when gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie approached him and said, "I want you to be my DEP Commissioner!" A stunned Martin, then a partner at the consulting and professional services company Accenture, paused and said: "DEP? I am not a scientist."

 

2017 09 13 Gary Horan“The choice of Gary Horan for this significant honor was a very easy decision for us. There is simply no one else who has the healthcare experience and leadership talent, nor can anyone but Gary generate such immense respect among all who know him,” Victor M. Richel, Chairman of the Board of Trinitas Regional Medical Center and Trinitas Health, the Medical Center’s parent said. “It is fitting that Gary Horan’s name and legacy are attached to a facility such as this that is truly a lifeline for the community we serve,” he added.

 

2017 09 06 Summit Press Conference SOpportunityNJ Co-Chairs Michele Siekerka and Tom Bracken today announced the speakers, agenda and goals for the first Affordability Summit, to be held on Sept. 18 at the First Baptist Church at Lincoln Gardens in Somerset.

 

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce announced that four state legislators - two Democrats and two Republicans - have won the Chamber's biannual Legislators of the Year Award; The State Chamber further announced James V. Fakult, President, Jersey Central Power & Light; and Richard S. Mroz, president, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, have been named Business Advocates of the Year.

 

It is a fitting tribute to Caren Franzini that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority headquarters has been named after her. She was a stalwart in the area of the state's economic development, and her many accomplishments made an enormous positive impact on thousands of businesses and the state's economy.