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The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce announced that four state legislators - two Democrats and two Republicans - have won the Chamber's biannual Legislators of the Year Award; The State Chamber further announced James V. Fakult, President, Jersey Central Power & Light; and Richard S. Mroz, president, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, have been named Business Advocates of the Year.

 

It is a fitting tribute to Caren Franzini that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority headquarters has been named after her. She was a stalwart in the area of the state's economic development, and her many accomplishments made an enormous positive impact on thousands of businesses and the state's economy.

 

NJ Chamber Member Networking BreakfastNew Jersey Chamber of Commerce members exchanged business cards and discussed the latest Chamber programs, events and ways to grow their businesses at a networking event July 26 held in the luxury boxes at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment.

 

A New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation program that is helping high school students develop college and workplace skills was honored during an event in Las Vegas on July 12. The program, 'Jobs for New Jersey's Graduates,' was lauded for the effective work it is doing in placing high school graduates, once considered at-risk for dropping out of school, in full-time jobs, the military or post-secondary education.

 

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce applauds U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen for his leadership in securing $900 million in funding for the Gateway Project, which will serve to ease the bottleneck that impedes travel to and from Manhattan.

 

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce is pleased that the budget impasse has ended and the state can return to normal operations.

We are not pleased with the process and dialogue that took place during the approval of this legislation. However, a consensus was reached by constructive dialogue and the Chamber thanks Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey CEO Bob Marino for his engagement with our legislative leaders.

 

2017 06 30 TAB SFew people will be affected if the Horizon bill is deferred, said Bracken. On the other hand, if the budget bill is not passed, it’s unconscionable to shut down the state government which would negatively affect many of our most vulnerable citizens.

 

The ramifications of S-4 are so broad and far reaching that it must have a more thorough analysis of its impact. It should not be rushed through the legislature during the waning days of the state budget deliberations.

 

2017 06 22 Tom Bracken SNew Jersey Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Bracken appeared on New Jersey 101.5 June 20 to talk about the state Legislature’s proposal to expand New Jersey’s Paid Family Leave, a measure that would double the amount of time workers can take off and increase the pay that workers get when on leave.

 

Gov. Christie's report today on New Jersey's unemployment rate and private sector job growth is good news for our state. Under Gov. Christie's pro-business agenda and with the support of the Legislature, we have made progress in the past seven years.