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More than 22,000 New Jersey residents are afforded the protection of DACA. These residents have lived here virtually all of their lives and have become engrained in our communities. Like the rest of our citizens, they work here and they pay taxes here.

 

2017 09 22 Frelinghuysen SNew Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin, who has been with the Christie administration since Day 1, recalled a day eight years ago when gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie approached him and said, "I want you to be my DEP Commissioner!" A stunned Martin, then a partner at the consulting and professional services company Accenture, paused and said: "DEP? I am not a scientist."

 

2017 09 20 RTB Martin SNew Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin, who has been with the Christie administration since Day 1, recalled a day eight years ago when gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie approached him and said, "I want you to be my DEP Commissioner!" A stunned Martin, then a partner at the consulting and professional services company Accenture, paused and said: "DEP? I am not a scientist."

 

2017 09 06 Summit Press Conference SOpportunityNJ Co-Chairs Michele Siekerka and Tom Bracken today announced the speakers, agenda and goals for the first Affordability Summit, to be held on Sept. 18 at the First Baptist Church at Lincoln Gardens in Somerset.

 

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.