New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Cornerstone members heard an exclusive breakfast presentation on June 20 by some of Governor Chris Christie's top advisors, including Chief of Staff Kevin O'Dowd, Chief Counsel Charles McKenna and their top deputies.
These key advisors held a question-and-answer session and stayed for one-on-one conversations with 30 Cornerstone members to discuss crucial issues like the state budget and taxation issues. The event was held outdoors among the beautiful Gardens at Morven Museum and Garden in Princeton.
The next ten days are crucial in Trenton as the governor and the Legislature work to iron out a state budget, adopt tenure reform, fund transportation projects and reorganize higher education. "We have a window here to get much done," O'Dowd said as he discussed how these initiatives could affect New Jersey businesses.
It will be difficult for the Republican governor and the Democrat-controlled Legislature to work together over the following 18 months as the intense bipartisanism of election season heats up, Christie's chief of staff warned. "That will give us an opportunity to make progress in areas where the executive branch can work unilaterally - in areas that don't involve legislative approval - like (rolling back) regulations that don't work," O'Dowd said.
Also attending the event were Paul Matey, the governor's deputy chief counsel; Louis Goetting, the governor's deputy chief of staff; and Deborah Gramiccioni, the governor's deputy chief of staff for policy.
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