The Business Community's Voice in Trenton
From our headquarters across the street from the State House, the N.J. Chamber of Commerce's staff of lobbyists and researchers work every day to promote pro-growth legislation and reforms that are in the interest of our members and the economy. Our ultimate goals: Create jobs, and foster a New Jersey that is more competitive and business friendly.
For and up-to-date look at the issues we are advocating on your behalf, check out Trenton Watch.
To join us in the fight, click here, or call us at (609) 989-7888 and tell us you want to join the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.
The N.J. Chamber Government Relations Team
Michael Egenton is senior vice president, government relations for the N.J. Chamber of Commerce. He is the Chamber's chief lobbyist and focuses on environmental, transportation, energy, labor, and government reform issues.
Michael sits on several advisory councils and committees including the New Jersey Clean Air Council -- a group appointed by the governor that makes recommendations on matters pertaining to air pollution control.
Prior to coming to the N.J. Chamber, Michael worked at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), analyzing environmental statutes, rules and regulations. He also was the project director and principal author of Modern Forms of Municipal Government, a report published by the New Jersey State Commission on County and Municipal Government.
A native of Plainfield, Union County, Michael is a graduate of Seton Hall University and has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Kean University. Michael and his family reside in Voorhees Township, Camden County.
Matt Malat is director of Government Relations for the N.J. Chamber of Commerce, a lobbyist concentrating on economic development, budget issues and health care.
Prior to coming to the N.J. Chamber, he worked as a legislative aide for Senator Anthony R. Bucco, specializing in state budget issues. Matt also was the senior legislative aide to the late Assembly Republican Leader Alex DeCroce, and worked for Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce when she took the oath of office in February 2012. Matt began his career as a legislative staffer for the New Jersey Assembly Republican Caucus.
A resident of Woodbridge, Middlesex County, Matt is a graduate of Rutgers University and has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. He was born in Jersey City.
Abideen Onigbanjo is an associate in government relations for the N.J. Chamber of Commerce. He is a lobbyist concentrating on Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts, tort reform and education, while assisting on economic development and labor issues. Abideen is admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey and the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. Before joining the N.J. Chamber staff, Abideen attended the College of William & Mary where he earned a joint degree in law and business. He is a native of Trenton and did his undergraduate work at the College of New Jersey.
Jonathan Scharff is a policy researcher for the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. Before he joined the N.J. Chamber staff, he served as an intern at the Policy Division of the New York City Council, where he researched and analyzed initiatives related to the economy, workforce development and transportation. Jonathan, a resident of Bradley Beach and a graduate of Towson University, is pursuing a Masters in City and Regional Planning at the Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
Building Our Future - The New Jersey Chamber Foundation
The Chamber Foundation's award winning program that prepares students for the competitive worlds of college admissions and employment.
The Nursing Initiative
Another Foundation initiative with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to ensure or state has the nurses it will need to handle health care demands if the 21st century.
Disabilities at Work
The Foundation's efforts to improve the competitive employment opportunities for people with disabilities.