The year really does not begin until the Chamber dinner in Washington when we gather to review the last year and look ahead to what New Jersey's future can once again be.
-Governor Chris Christie, January 2012
New Jersey's Premier Business Event
For 75 years, the Walk to Washington has been the first must-attend business event of the year because of the networking opportunities it offers ("a time honored tradition in extreme networking" The Star-Ledger said).
Last year we hosted more than 800 business executives and decision makers, Governor Christie and key members of his leadership team, members of our Congressional delegation, 40 members of the state Legislature, and over 20 news media outlets.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the 2013 Walk to Washington will be dedicated to those who are helping New Jersey recover, rebuild and reNEW JERSEY.
We will hear from our elected officials about recovery and rebuilding plans, and get an early assessment of the 2013 New Jersey gubernatorial race from the state's most astute political observers.
All of the traditional features of our Walk to Washington remain intact:
- Our chartered Amtrak train leaves for Washington D.C. on January 31.
- Our grand reception at the Marriott Wardman Park begins at 5 p.m. that evening
- Our dinner honoring New Jersey's Congressional delegation and the spirit of recovery
and renewal in New Jersey follows at 7 p.m.
The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
Walk to Washington and Drive to ReNew Jersey
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
January 31 and February 1, 2013
Contact Theresa Pollaci at (609) 989-7888 x150 for information or event questions.
Hailed as the state's premier business event since 1937
For 75 years, Chamber members have boarded a special Amtrak charter train and traveled to the nation's Capital to discuss with the state's top political leadership how to make New Jersey a better place to do business. Join us for unprecedented opportunities for conversation, visibility and camaraderie.
I'm glad to be here and I'm glad all of you are here to support the Chamber. The work that we all have to do together for the people of the state is extraordinarily important.
- Gov. Chris Christie at the 2011 Congressional Dinner
Why walk the walk?
To mingle with the state's movers and shakers and make connections that will help your business grow and succeed. As we emerge from the recession, it is more important than ever to ride the rails and meet face-to-face with as many potential clients as possible.
Watch the video above to see why the Walk to Washington is the state's premier business networking event.
What is the Walk to Washington?
The tradition began in 1937 when several of the state's top business executives took a train to Washington to have dinner with New Jersey's congressional delegation - and the rest is history. Soon the event's popularity made it necessary to charter a private train to the nation's capital. And because everyone on the train walks the aisles, discussing issues and opportunities the event became known as the Walk to Washington. The adventure begins when the Chamber's chartered Amtrak train departs Newark and our other scheduled stops - Metro Park, New Brunswick, Trenton, Philadelphia and Wilmington - for the ride to Washington.
What is the Congressional Dinner?
It's your best opportunity of the year to meet people, make connections, and build your business. After the Chamber's chartered Amtrak train arrives in Washington D.C., you are a guest at the elegant Marriott Wardman Park hotel for for a Grande Reception and dinner featuring the top business and political leaders in the state. Last year, guests included Governor Chris Christie, members of his cabinet, over 40 state legislators and members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation. The networking continues late into the evening when everyone gets out of their seats for the Chamber's Dessert Extravaganza.
Need more reasons to attend?
You can participate in the many related events provided by leading New Jersey businesses and organizations. Post-dinner hospitality suites and morning breakfasts are all part of the tradition. Our chartered Amtrak train leaves Union Station in Washington late Friday morning and gets you home in time for dinner.