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Business Advocacy

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

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.

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Matt Malat

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.

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Lee ClarkLee Clark is a policy researcher for the N.J. Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to coming to the N.J. Chamber, Lee interned at Princeton Public Affairs Group, where he worked on economic development, tax structure, education and environmental issues. Lee also interned with the N.J. Democratic State Committee and worked on numerous local and state political campaigns. He is a recipient of the National Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award and an inductee of the International Honor Society of Phi Sigma Tau.

A resident of Phillipsburg, Warren County, Lee is currently completing his undergraduate studies at Rider University in Political Science, where he is an associate of the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics. He was born in Princeton.

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Theresa GentheTheresa Genthe is a policy researcher for the N.J. Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to coming to the N.J. Chamber, Theresa interned with Gov. Chris Christie's Office of Constituent Relations with a focus on economic development and environmental issues. Theresa interned with the N.J. Republican State Committee during the 2012 presidential election and with The College of New Jersey's Bonner Center for Public Policy where she focused on Trenton policies and state prison recidivism rates.

A resident of Manalapan, Monmouth County, Theresa is a graduate of The College of New Jersey and has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. She was born in New Brunswick.

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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.