Congressional Delegation, Heroes of Hurricane Sandy to be honored at the N.J. Chamber's 76th Trip to D.C.
The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce today announced Gov. Chris Christie will keynote its 76th annual Congressional Dinner on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C.
The dinner is the highlight the Walk to Washington, the N.J. Chamber's annual trek to the nation's capital. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Chamber has rebranded the Jan. 31 event and renamed it "The Walk to Washington and Drive to ReNew Jersey."
In addition to honoring the members of our Congressional Delegation at this year's dinner, the Chamber plans to salute the spirit of recovery and renewal across New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and honor those who helped our citizens weather the storm.
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.
Each January, Chamber members board a chartered Amtrak train to Washington, D.C., and spend an evening discussing important business issues with the state's top political and business leaders.
Last year, more than 800 New Jersey business leaders, 40 legislators, 25 reporters and the nation's most prominent governor invaded the nation's capital for the N.J. Chamber's 75th annual Congressional Dinner.
"In the wake of Hurricane Sandy and with a gubernatorial election approaching, our trip to Washington will be extremely important," said Thomas A. Bracken, president and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. "In addition to the traditional business networking that occurs naturally on our trip, our elected officials and business leaders can use the Walk to Washington to discuss plans for the recovery and the rebuilding of the parts of our state devastated by the storm."
Members of Gov. Christie's administration are scheduled to be at the dinner, as well as members of New Jersey's Congressional Delegation and state Legislature.
Why is it called the Walk to Washington
The Chamber's trip to Washington, D.C., has come to be called the "Walk to Washington" because participants spend the entire train trip to D.C. walking through the various cars, meeting people and making connections.
"It's the old fashion face-to-face way of networking and it works," Bracken said. "That is why we have been doing it for three-quarters of a century."
The upcoming "Walk to Washington" begins on January 31 when the Chamber's chartered Amtrak train first picks up passengers at Penn Station in Newark. The train then makes stops in Iselin (MetroPark), New Brunswick, Trenton, Philadelphia and Wilmington before heading into Washington, DC.
Participants spend the evening at a reception and the Congressional Dinner, and the next morning return to their point of origin via another Amtrak charter.
For more information about the Walk to Washington and about joining the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, click here or call the Chamber's Trenton office at 609-989-7888.