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NJ Tech Industry’s Bright Future

August 3rd, 2018 — Leaders in New Jersey’s tech industry were upbeat yesterday in a panel discussion organized by CIANJ to examine the future of the industry and the challenges it faces. Aaron Price, an entrepreneur and founder of Propelify –the hugely popular tech …

EPA Finalizes $11 Million Cleanup Plan for the Standard Chlorine Chemical

October 13th, 2016 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency secured a plan to clean up contamination at the Standard Chlorine Chemical Company, Inc. Superfund site in Kearny, N.J. The site is located along the Hackensack River, a part of the N.J. Meadowlands. Prior manufacturing …

Rahway River Flood Study Authorized by U.S. House

October 6th, 2016 — Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-07) announced that congress authorized the Rahway River Basin Flood Risk Management Feasibility Study. The study is now a full-go after Lance and the Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control pushed for its completion. Its …

Inserra Supermarkets Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary with Health and Wellness Fair

September 30th, 2016 — To celebrate a 10-year anniversary of the in-store Dietitian Program, Inserra Supermarkets held a storewide Health and Wellness Fair at ShopRite of Wallington, N.J. The themed event, for all ages, featured recipe samplings, giveaways, complimentary health screenings and more. “Educating …

Catherine McCabe and Rodney Frelinghuysen Visit New Jersey Superfund Sites

September 22nd, 2016 — Catherine McCabe, Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Regional Administrator, and Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen visited multiple New Jersey Superfund sites in Morris, Essex, and Sussex Counties on Sept. 19, 2016. Along with them, state and local officials joined in travel from site to …

CIANJ and COMMERCE Magazine Salute CEOs On Best Practices in Leadership

September 16th, 2016 — The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and its partner, COMMERCE Magazine, welcomed business leaders this week to the 3rd Annual Best Practices Conference saluting leadership. More than 150 executives participated in the conference which featured a keynote …

New Guidebook Explains New Jersey’s Right to Farm Act

September 9th, 2016 — According to New Jersey Agriculture Secretary Douglas H. Fisher, the State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) has published a Right to Farm guidebook to help farmers, their neighbors and municipalities understand the role of the Right to Farm Act in resolving …

Zika Virus Update: 100 Cases in New Jersey

September 9th, 2016 — According to the New Jersey Department of Health, there are currently 100 cases of Zika in New Jersey. Zika is a viral infection that is usually spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. “There’s certainly no cause for panic …

Wells Fargo’s Economic Outlook: A Late August Update/Report

September 2nd, 2016 — After lagging the rest of the country throughout most of this recovery, New Jersey’s economy has gained considerable traction over the past year, according to a report by Wells Fargo Securities. The improvement is most evident in the labor market, …

Coming Attractions in the September 2016 Issue of COMMERCE Magazine

August 26th, 2016 — The cover story in the September 2016 issue of COMMERCE showcases the STEM degree programs at CIANJ member colleges and universities. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math—degree fields which are in demand and place graduates on track for …

Member News – Hackensack Meridian

August 26th, 2016 — Hackensack, N.J., August 24, 2016 – Hackensack University Medical Center, a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, is pleased to announce it has been named among the “100 Hospitals and Health Systems With Great Oncology Programs” by Becker’s Hospital Review. For …

CIANJ/COMMERCE’s 2016 Annual Best Practices Awards

August 19th, 2016 — The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and COMMERCE are co-presenting the CIANJ/COMMERCE Annual Best Practices Awards Conference on Sept. 13, 2016 at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville, New Jersey. “The keynote speaker is CNN Analyst and …

New Jersey Society of CPAs Names Walter J. Brasch as New President

August 12th, 2016 — Walter J. Brasch, CPA, CGMA, partner and chief business development officer at CIANJ member PFK O’Connor Davies, began his one-year term as NJCPA president June 1, 2016. Brasch joined the NJCPA, also a CIANJ member, in 1977. He has served …

New Survey Finds Accounting Industry Growth, Higher Taxes for Clients and Challenging Economic Conditions in New Jersey

August 5th, 2016 — New Jersey CPAs believe their clients will pay more taxes in 2017 than they did this year and also expressed concerns about a slowdown in the state’s economy. In a recent survey conducted of New Jersey-based CPAs by Capital One …

CIANJ Welcomes New Members

August 5th, 2016 — The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ), which represents corporate members from every industry sector in the Garden State, is pleased to welcome the following new members to its pro-business family: Abu Judeh Health Law LLC; Allan Briteway …

Wells Fargo Survey: Millennials More Willing to Incur Debt to Grow Their Small Businesses

July 29th, 2016 — According to a recent Wells Fargo study conducted by research firm GfK, Millennial small business owners are committed to their businesses for the long term and are more willing to take calculated financial risks and incur debt in order to …

Record High in New Business Openings in NJ

July 22nd, 2016 — As sign of continued positive trends in our state’s economy, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno announced the number of new businesses that filed to start operations in New Jersey last year soared to a record 97,835, the highest level in Garden …

Hackensack Meridian Health and Seton Hall University to Lease Former Roche Site for New School of Medicine

July 15th, 2016 — CIANJ Member Hackensack Meridian Health and Seton Hall University signed an agreement for a long-term lease with Prism Capital Partners to lease 16 acres—including two state-of-the-art buildings on the former Hoffmann-La Roche biomedical campus in Nutley and Clifton—to serve as …

NJ Seeks Funds for Manufacturing

July 15th, 2016 — New Jersey is a finalist in a federal competition to secure $70 million in funding to create a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation in the Garden State over the next five years. The goal of the program is to grow …

Training Future CIANJ Environmental Business Council Professionals

July 7th, 2016 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) awarded a $91,000 environmental education grant to the Greater Newark Conservancy to expand its environmental education program to include 1,750 kindergarten through sixth grade students in Newark Public Schools. “This program could be training …

CIANJ Member PNC Bank Teams Up with the New York Giants

July 1st, 2016 — Young athletes in the National Football League (NFL) make big dollars fast while they are young and feel invincible—nearly half of the players in the NFL earn more in salary per year than most Wall Street executives. With the average …

New Jersey’s Middle Market Grows

June 24th, 2016 — New Jersey has an estimated 6,291 middle market companies ($10 million-$1 billion in revenues), which make up 1.27 percent of all firms in the state according to the latest “Middle Market Power Index” from American Express and Dun & Bradstreet. …

AICPA Survey Offers U.S. Economic & Hiring Outlook

June 17th, 2016 — Business executives are feeling more confident about the U.S. economy’s prospects than last quarter, but remain more guarded in outlook than they were a year ago, according to the second quarter “AICPA Economic Outlook Survey,: which polls chief executive officers, …

Changing the Health Insurance Pricing Paradigm with Big Data

June 10th, 2016 — Health-related wearables—such as the Fitbit Flex or the Jawbone UP, for example—used by many Americans to track their physical activity or vital signs, are playing a new and rapidly growing role in setting rates for health insurance. According to a …

CIANJ Members Appointed to Top Board Posts at HackensackUHN/HackensackUMC

June 3rd, 2016 — CIANJ members Hackensack University Health Network (HackensackUHN) and Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC) held their Annual Meeting of the Boards on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at the Pleasantdale Chateau in West Orange, New Jersey. Nearly 600 board, team and community …

New Jersey’s Four Best Small Business Resources

May 26th, 2016 — NJ Business Action Center offers expert support for small business owners across the Garden State More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and small businesses create approximately two thirds of the country’s new private-sector …

CIANJ’s 48th Annual Golf Outing: The Perfect Combination of Sport, Business and Charity

May 19th, 2016 — CIANJ’s 48th Annual Golf Outing, held at the Upper Montclair Country Club on May 9, 2016, lived up to its reputation as one of the finest events of the year—a perfect combination of sport, business and fun. “From playing the …

CIANJ’s 34th Annual Staff Recognition Luncheon: Thank You Sponsors, Prize Donors and Attendees

May 13th, 2016 — Sponsored by Berkeley College, HackensackUMC, Lakeland Bank and SUEZ, CIANJ’s 34th Annual Staff Recognition Luncheon honored administrative assistants, secretaries and support staff on April 27, 2016 at Seasons in Washington Township, New Jersey. Magician Scott Alexander entertained the more than …

NJ Business welcomes UI Tax Break

May 11th, 2016 — Gov. Chris Christie’s announcement today of an additional $180 million tax cut for employers will continue to encourage businesses to start and grow here in New Jersey, said John Galandak, president of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey …

Why We Should Care About Atlantic City’s Finances

May 6th, 2016 — On Thursday, Speaker Prieto canceled an Assembly voting session after determining he would not get the 41 votes needed to pass his bill on the Atlantic City crisis.  Atlantic City will be out of money in ten days.  What does …

Seeking Best Practices Submissions

April 29th, 2016 — CIANJ and COMMERCE Magazine are seeking best practices from your company’s President, CEO or Managing Partner to consider for a prestigious award and publication in our 2016-2017 Annual Best Practices Guide. To participate, please have your President, CEO or Managing …

Cyber Insurance: The Policy Gaps All Businesses Need to Know

April 21st, 2016 — With data breaches and other digital attacks against major retailers and other organizations becoming chillingly regular, the purchase of Cyber Security Insurance policies, which support traditional crime and general liability coverage, are expected to triple to $7.5 billion by 2020. …

Higher Ed & Business – Perfect Together

April 15th, 2016 — CIANJ joined Governor Christie, Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner, Hal Wirths, and Union County College President, Margaret M. McMenamin in Cranford yesterday in announcing an investment of $2.7 million for the launch of three new Talent Development Centers.  The purpose …

Welcome CIANJ New Members

April 5th, 2016 — CIANJ’s greatest strength is its members, their commitment to one another and the state of New Jersey. The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey is proud to share this month’s new members and welcomes each of them to our …

What is the “Smart Container Act”?

April 1st, 2016 — On Monday the Assembly Environment & Solid Waste Committee will hear testimony on A-2281, also known as the Smart Container Act.  If enacted, this bill would assess a 10 cents tax on every container sold in NJ that is less …

Public Hearings on State Budget End

March 25th, 2016 — The New Jersey Legislature wrapped up its public hearings on the State Budget this week at NJIT in Newark.  CIANJ testified in support of the Governor’s proposed budget of $34.8 billion because for the seventh year in a row, no …

CIANJ honors “Companies that Care” | Awards presented at Chairman’s Reception

March 16th, 2016 — The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) saluted the generosity of business at its 3nd Annual Chairman’s Reception, where more than 30 “Companies that Care” were honored this year. Martin Kafafian, chairman of the CIANJ board of directors, …

Paid Sick Leave Legislation Up on Monday

March 4th, 2016 — It’s back!  Legislation which would mandate paid sick leave for all businesses will be heard in Committee on Monday.  CIANJ has been opposing this legislation since its inception a few years ago on the grounds that government should not dictate …

North Jersey Casinos Take Center Stage

February 26th, 2016 — On Monday, the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee will hold its required public hearing on whether to expand casino gaming to northern New Jersey.  If Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR #1), found here, clears the Legislature, a question would appear on …

Do You Know What A “Patent Troll” Is?

February 19th, 2016 — On Monday, the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee will hear testimony on legislation protecting businesses against frivolous lawsuits claiming patent infringement.  Litigation brought by Patent Assertion Entities or Patent Trolls has been on the rise recently.  These lawsuits can …

Angels On Our Shoulders

February 12th, 2016 — The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) reports that more than $125 million has been invested in New Jersey-based emerging technology and biotechnology businesses through the Angel Investor Tax Credit Program since its inception in 2013. The program approved 213 …

$15 Minimum Wage?

February 5th, 2016 — Earlier this week, Assembly Democratic leaders announced plans to introduce legislation raising New Jersey’ s minimum wage from $8.38 to $15.  The news comes on the heels of the Assembly’s recent hearings on how to fight poverty in New Jersey.  …

CIANJ New Members

January 28th, 2016 — CIANJ’s greatest strength is its members, their commitment to one another and the state of New Jersey. The Commerce and Industry Association is proud to share this month’s new members and welcomes each of them to our Association. At CIANJ …

How is New Jersey’s Economy Doing?

January 22nd, 2016 — In a word- improving.  The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development released its latest job numbers for New Jersey.  Despite the peaks and valleys Wall Street is experiencing, the private sector job growth in New Jersey is strengthening. …

Throwing Down the Pension Gauntlet

January 15th, 2016 — During his State of the State speech this week, Governor Christie did not mince words when he spoke about the impending doom New Jersey faces if voters approve making mandatory pension payments into the State’s pension system each year regardless …

CIANJ Applauds Elimination of Estate Tax “All NJ Residents Will Reap the Benefits”

January 12th, 2016 — Gov. Chris Christie today delivered his State of the State Address to a joint session of the New Jersey Legislature in which he provided an assessment of how New Jersey is doing, along with insights into policies and initiatives he …

Casinos in North Jersey?

January 8th, 2016 — On Monday, the Senate and Assembly will likely vote on a resolution which would place a question on November’s ballot asking voters to approve expanding gaming outside of Atlantic City.  The measure would allow for two casinos in northern New …

Start the New Year “Clean!”

December 31st, 2015 — As you plan for 2016, think about how efficient your office, manufacturing plant or distribution center are in terms of energy use.   Are you aware that a small portion of your electric bill includes a charge known as a Societal …

Call to Action! Stop the Ballot Question on Pensions

December 18th, 2015 — One year ago, CIANJ highlighted the concern with the increasing use of ballot questions as a means of governing in New Jersey, see here.  While ballot questions play a vital role in government, it is important that they not be …

CIANJ opposes ballot question

December 17th, 2015 — New Jersey’s General Assembly today considered and passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 3 which would place a ballot question before voters to amend the New Jersey’s Constitution to require that payments be made to the state administered retirement system. The …

Mandatory Pension Payments?

December 11th, 2015 — Yesterday, the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee passed a resolution to place a question on the November 2016 ballot asking voters to approve an amendment to our State Constitution which would mandate the State make a payment to the state …

CIANJ Welcomes New Members

November 25th, 2015 — CIANJ’s greatest strength is its members, their commitment to one another and the state of New Jersey. The Commerce and Industry Association is proud to share this month’s new members and welcomes each of them to our Association. At CIANJ …

Focusing on “Out of Network” Healthcare Costs

November 20th, 2015 — Despite it being a shortened work week next week, the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee will be discussing legislation (A-4444) dealing with “out of network” healthcare costs on Monday.  The legislation seeks to contain these costs by requiring healthcare …

Requirements for Member News Items

November 20th, 2015 — Valued Members, In each edition of the weekly Business Beat e-newsletter, we feature CIANJ Member News which shines a spotlight on newsworthy items like promotions, charitable contributions and accomplishments of our membership. If you are interested in being featured in our Member …

Legislative Session Heats Up

November 13th, 2015 — So what will lawmakers focus on next week?  Fifteen legislative committees will focus on issues ranging from legalizing marijuana, issuing drivers licenses to non-citizens, to regulating how electronic consumer products are recycled.  Other matters to be discussed include selling personalized …

Legislature Back in Full Swing

November 6th, 2015 — It has been four months since the General Assembly has convened in Trenton but on Monday the drought ends.  The Assembly will join the Senate where no fewer than thirteen committees will meet on a range of legislatives issues including …

Knock, Knock – Who’s There? It’s Election Day

October 30th, 2015 — Some say the turnout for next Tuesday’s elections will be the lowest in New Jersey’s history.  Topping the ballot will be the eighty General Assembly seats.  The democrats control the Assembly by a 48-32 margin over the republicans.  To put …

CIANJ Focuses on Manufacturing

October 23rd, 2015 — Today, more than 100 business professionals gathered at the Anheuser Busch brewery in Newark to discuss how New Jersey’s manufacturing sector can be enhanced.  New Jersey has a long and rich history of manufacturing. From textiles in Paterson to steel in …

CIANJ’s New Blog – Be Part of the Discussion!

October 16th, 2015 — Check out CIANJ’s new blog “Free Thinking…”  It was created as a way of continuing the conversations at our roundtables, where panels of experts share their knowledge on topics, trends and issues that matter most to business. The name is a …

CIANJ Welcomes New Members

October 9th, 2015 — CIANJ’s greatest strength is its members, their commitment to one another and the state of New Jersey. The Commerce and Industry Association is proud to share this month’s new members and welcomes each of them to our Association. At CIANJ …

Governor & Presidential Candidate Chris Christie Addresses Members

October 2nd, 2015 — What a way to start the week!  On Monday, more than 250 members gathered at the Hanover Marriott to have breakfast with Governor Chris Christie.  The Governor, who is also running for President, spent time with members emphasizing the importance …

CIANJ and COMMERCE Magazine Salute CEOs On Best Practices in Leadership

September 23rd, 2015 — The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and its flagship publication, COMMERCE Magazine, honored 35 business owners and CEOs for their insights on leadership at the 2nd Annual Best Practices Conference. Bob Iacullo, the executive vice president of …

Senate To Focus on Energy Suppliers, Economic Development and Port Authority Reform

September 18th, 2015 — Next week, the Senate returns to Trenton to meet on several key legislative initiatives.  The Senate Environment & Energy Committee will hear testimony on bills dealing with increased consumer protections and enhanced notification requirements for third party energy suppliers while …

The History of Labor Day

September 4th, 2015 — As we pack away our white clothes for yet another year and gear up to celebrate a long three day weekend, it is important to reflect on the importance of the Labor Day holiday.  Always the first Monday in September, …

Welcome New Members of CIANJ

August 28th, 2015 — CIANJ’s greatest strength is its members, their commitment to one another and the state of New Jersey. The Commerce and Industry Association is proud to share this month’s new members and welcomes each of them to our Association. At CIANJ …

Don’t Miss Out! CIANJ’s Manufacturing Summit

August 21st, 2015 — Mark your calendars!  CIANJ is finalizing details for our first ever Manufacturing Summit to be held at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Newark on Friday, October 23.  The Summit will focus on the importance of manufacturing on New Jersey’s economy and …

So What is the Gateway Project?

August 14th, 2015 — Earlier this week, the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee heard testimony from transportation officials on the need to build a new tunnel between New York and New Jersey.  Known as the Gateway Project (not to be confused with the previous ARC …

So What is a Microenterprise Business & How Can New Jersey Help?

August 7th, 2015 — If you are an entrepreneur thinking of starting a business which would require less than $35,000 in start-up costs and would employ fewer than five employees, then you would fall into the category of a microenterprise.  On Monday, the Senate …

CIANJ Welcomes New Members

July 31st, 2015 — CIANJ’s greatest strength is its members, their commitment to one another and the state of New Jersey. The Commerce and Industry Association is proud to share this month’s new members and welcomes each of them to our Association. At CIANJ …

Spirits & Amusement Parks – Perfect Together!

July 24th, 2015 — Did you know that in New Jersey you cannot possess both a retail consumption license for alcohol and an amusement game license for the same site?  That may change if Governor Christie signs legislation now on his desk.  Assembly Bill …

So What Do TVs, Mortgage Guarantees, and Alarm Businesses Have in Common?

July 17th, 2015 — In a rare summer session, two Senate Committees will be meeting on Monday to discuss the recycling of electronic consumer products (i.e., televisions), the governance of alarm installation businesses and companies that provide mortgage guarantees.  Up first will be the …

So What Is New Jersey’s Energy Resiliency Bank?

July 10th, 2015 — When Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey in October 2012, many critical businesses and utilities were shut down for weeks at a devastating cost to our way of life and our economy.   To prepare for the next storm and to avoid …

Now What? Looking Ahead Legislatively

July 2nd, 2015 — Now that Governor Christie has entered the presidential race and now that the state budget has been finalized, what can New Jerseyans expect from lawmakers for the rest of the year?  Senate President Sweeney has scheduled voting sessions throughout the …

Protecting Your Business – PENPAC

June 25th, 2015 — As this fiscal year comes to an end and the New Jersey Legislature and Governor finalize yet another State Budget, it is important to remind members of the importance of getting involved in our governmental process.  Whether we are talking …

New Jersey Legislature Takes Up Paid Sick Leave

June 19th, 2015 — On Monday, the Senate Labor Committee will vote on Senate Bill #785 which will mandate that employers provide paid sick leave to all employees.  Even if you are a business that provides paid time off to your employees, you will …

When Companies Grow In New Jersey – We All Win

June 12th, 2015 — Some of our lawmakers in Trenton would like to abolish or reduce the number of corporate tax incentives given to New Jersey companies.  In an ideal world, we should not have to depend on financial incentives to keep and attract …

Legislature Focuses on “Out of Network” Medical Costs

June 5th, 2015 — Earlier this week, the Assembly Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee heard four hours of testimony on A-4444, entitled the “Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act.”  The intent of the legislation is to control healthcare costs associated with …

So What is the April Surprise?

May 29th, 2015 — Anyone who follows State Budget discussions in Trenton has heard the phrase “April Surprise”.  Each February, the Governor proposes a State Budget based on revenue projections from the various taxes and fees collected throughout the year.  The top tax in …

Panasonic’s CEO Meets With CIANJ Members

May 22nd, 2015 — In an intimate setting at the Upper Montclair Country Club earlier this week, Joseph Taylor, Chairman and CEO of Panasonic Corporation North America, met with CIANJ business leaders to discuss new products, innovations and why the company chose to remain …

New Jersey’s Labor Market – By The Numbers

May 15th, 2015 — New Jersey’s manufacturing sector saw the largest job growth in March when compared to other sectors. The sector added 2,800 new jobs while the transportation and utilities sector lost 4,600 jobs. More than 242,000 individuals work in the manufacturing sector …

Legislation Allowing for Substitution of Prescriptions Advances

May 8th, 2015 — The Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee cleared legislation which would allow for substitutions of certain biological products.  Also known as the “biosimilar” bill, A-2477, found here, allows pharmacists to substitute biological products provided the substitute has been determined to …

2015 Best Practices Submissions

May 7th, 2015 — CIANJ’s Flagship publication, COMMERCE Magazine, is seeking leadership best practices from your company’s President, CEO or Managing Partner for its 2015-2016 Annual Best Practices Guide.  The entries will be considered for a prestigious award and publication in our fall 2015 …

CIANJ Participates In Smarter Fuel Coalition Meetings

May 1st, 2015 — In it’s continuing efforts to oppose government mandates that impede free market trade, CIANJ joined other business groups and stakeholders in Washington DC this week to oppose the Renewable Fuel Standard, better known as RFS.  In 2005, Congress passed legislation …

Senate Republicans Push To Rebuild Our Economy

April 24th, 2015 — On a quiet day in Trenton yesterday, Senate Republicans held a press conference to announce plans to enact a “package” of bills to help rebuild our economy.  Senator Tom Kean was joined by Senators Jennifer Beck, Diane Allen and Robert …

New Jersey’s Economic Profile

April 17th, 2015 — So how well is New Jersey doing in terms of our economic recovery and private sector jobs?  In a word – improving.  On Thursday, Commissioner Hal Wirths of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development testified before the …

Don’t Wait! Sign Up Now to Sell Your Products & Services To New Jersey

April 9th, 2015 — A year ago, CIANJ was the first business group to promote New Jersey’s new electronic procurement system, called NJSTART.  NJSTART, which is operated out of the New Jersey Department of Treasury’s Division of Purchase & Property, makes bidding on open …

CIANJ Business Leaders Discuss State Budget Concerns

April 2nd, 2015 — More than 60 business leaders gathered at Nanina’s In-The-Park in Belleville earlier this week to hear first-hand from key lawmakers about the proposed FY 2016 State Budget.  In a first for the Association, CIANJ and the Private Enterprise Political Action …

Targeting Business Incentive Programs

March 27th, 2015 — On Thursday, the General Assembly cleared legislation, found here, which would limit business incentive programs to ten years and would increase the reporting requirements associated with such incentives.  The Senate passed the legislation last year and now the bill heads …

Governor Signs Tesla Legislation

March 20th, 2015 — Earlier this week, Governor Christie signed legislation which allows manufacturers of zero emission vehicles, such as Tesla Motors (a CIANJ Member), to sell directly to the public without the need to establish a dealership system.  CIANJ was the only business …

Do Business Incentive Programs Help New Jersey’s Economy?

March 13th, 2015 — There has been a lot of talk in Trenton recently about the effectiveness of New Jersey’s business incentive programs.  Legislation has been introduced to amend some of the programs and now that budget discussions are taking place, some question whether …

Raising the Minimum Wage Township by Township

March 6th, 2015 — If two Legislators get their way, municipalities throughout New Jersey would be allowed to pass ordinances raising the minimum wage in their townships.  Assembly Bill A-3912, found here, was to be heard Thursday in an Assembly Committee but the snow …

CIANJ Honors “Companies that Care”

March 1st, 2015 — CIANJ honors “Companies that Care” Awards presented at Chairman’s Reception             The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) saluted the generosity of business at its 2nd Annual Chairman’s Reception where more than 30 “Companies that Care” were honored …

Governor’s “Roadmap” To Pension and Health Benefits Reform

February 26th, 2015 — When Governor Christie signed Executive Order 161, creating the New Jersey Pension & Health Benefit Study Commission, he had one goal in mind, to empower them to evaluate New Jersey’s pension and health benefits systems and make recommendations on how …

Governor To Deliver Budget Address

February 20th, 2015 — Governor Christie will deliver his Budget Address next Tuesday before the State Legislature.  This will mark the official start of the “budget season” in Trenton which will last through the end of June.  Many will wait with baited breath to …

So Where Does New Jersey Invest Its Money?

February 13th, 2015 — If you have ever wondered where the State of New Jersey invests its money, then you want to familiarize yourself with the operations and actions of the New Jersey Division of Investment and the New Jersey State Investment Council.  Formed …

Breaking Down New Jersey’s Transportation Trust Fund

February 6th, 2015 — With all the talk these days about raising the gasoline tax, it is important to have a better understanding of how the money is collected and distributed.  New Jersey has one of the lowest gasoline taxes in the country at …

Senate Committee Discusses Corporate “Inversion” Legislation

January 30th, 2015 — On Thursday, the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee heard testimony on S-2361 which seeks to prohibit the awarding of state contracts and incentives to domestic businesses that incorporate overseas for tax purposes.  Legislators opposed to the …

How Can New Jersey Help You Hire The Right People For The Job?

January 23rd, 2015 — As New Jersey’s economy continues to recover, it is important to bridge the gap between job seekers and employers seeking special skills.  To help, The State of New Jersey has created Talent Networks.  Administered through the New Jersey Department of …

Unfunded State Pension Liability Continues to Grow

January 16th, 2015 — In his State of the State address this week, Governor Christie talked about how the unfunded liability of New Jersey’s pension system continues to grow by staggering numbers.  Experts place the number at $90 billion.  So what does this mean …

Governor to Deliver State of the State Address Next Week

January 9th, 2015 — Governor Christie will take center stage on Tuesday, January 13 as he delivers his State of the State address.  While many will tune in wondering if he will hint to his run president, what they will likely hear is a …

Governor Signs Legislation Extending Building Permit Expiration Dates

January 2nd, 2015 — As folks celebrated the holidays, Governor Christie signed legislation (The Permit Extension Act of 2008) which extends certain permit expiration dates for one year, until December 31, 2015.  So why is this important to the business community?  In 2008, when …

CIANJ Welcomes the Town of Newton

December 23rd, 2014 — There was a recent first for CIANJ.  In its 87 year existence, the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) never had a municipality as a member.  Typically, municipalities do not join business associations but because of the forward …

Lawmakers wrap-up for 2014

December 19th, 2014 — The Assembly and Senate held voting sessions yesterday on numerous bills which now head to the Governor for action.  The Water Infrastructure Protection Act (A-3628) passed the Senate by one vote and now awaits the Governor’s action.  The bill would …

“Buy America” Legislation Takes Center Stage In Trenton

December 12th, 2014 — On Thursday, the Assembly Budget Committee heard testimony on legislation which would require the purchase of products made in America for any state/public contracts.  The legislation found here would also require components of a final product be made in the United …

Lawmakers to Discuss Hostile Work Environments

December 5th, 2014 — On Monday the Senate Labor Committee will discuss Senate Bill S-280 which would establish the “Healthy Workplace Act”.  According to language in the legislation, studies have shown that approximately 21 percent of employees nationwide have been subjected to a form …

Is it Covered? -Lawmakers Discuss Out-of-Network Healthcare Reimbursement Issues

November 26th, 2014 — In this shortened workweek, the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee heard testimony yesterday from invited stakeholders on issues surrounding reimbursement to out-of-network healthcare providers from health insurance carriers.  The discussion centered on the transparency of knowing which medical services …

New Jersey’s October Labor Data

November 21st, 2014 — So how did New Jersey do in terms of jobs in October?  According to data released by the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development, private sector job growth was posted in four of nine major industry sectors while …

State Treasurer Meets With CIANJ’s Board of Directors

November 14th, 2014 — On Thursday, State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff provided CIANJ’s Board of Directors with an overview of New Jersey’s finances including how the state budget is developed, the challenges with balancing the budget each year, implications of certain tax policies and the …

Elections Are Over – So Now What?

November 7th, 2014 — With record low voter turnout in New Jersey (35%) for this week’s mid-term elections, many residents are wondering how the results will impact their lives.  Of the twelve congressional districts in New Jersey, six went to republican candidates and six …

New Jersey Wants to Help Grow Your Company Overseas?

November 7th, 2014 — Does your company or clients sell goods or services to other countries?  If so, then you may want to explore a funding program administered by the New Jersey Business Action Center with support from the United States Small Business Administration.   …

What Is The Cost of Open Space?

October 30th, 2014 — On Tuesday, New Jersey voters will decide whether to divert $150 million from corporate business taxes collected away from environmental cleanup programs to the preservation of open space.   The last time voters weighed in on open space was in 2009 …

Protecting Your Business From Cyber Attacks

October 24th, 2014 — With recent news of data breaches, on-line scams and theft, now is a good time to remind members of a New Jersey program available to businesses and residents to help deal with the problem.  Administered through the New Jersey Division …

Looking to Expand Or Sell Products Overseas? – New Jersey Can Help

October 17th, 2014 — If you are not familiar with the State Trade Export Promotion or STEP program, supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration and administered by the New Jersey Business Action Center (BAC), then you may want to continue reading to evaluate …

Get A Head Start on NJSTART – New Jersey’s New E-Procurement System

October 10th, 2014 — Why not take advantage of the more than $6 billion in goods and services New Jersey purchases from the private sector each year. The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) was the first business association to partner with …

Paid Sick Leave Debate Begins In Trenton

October 10th, 2014 — On Thursday, the Assembly Labor Committee heard testimony from more than forty interested stakeholders on a bill which would mandate paid sick time off to employees ranging from 5 to 9 days depending on size of the company and hours …

“Inversion” Legislation Clears Assembly Committee

October 3rd, 2014 — On Thursday, the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee cleared legislation which would prohibit corporations that reorganize overseas from qualifying for state contracts and/or state incentives.  Inverted domestic corporations are defined as those corporations previously incorporated in the United States …

Will New Jersey Raise the Gasoline Tax?

September 26th, 2014 — Earlier this week, the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee held a hearing at Montclair State University to hear from invited stakeholders about replenishing New Jersey’s depleted Transportation Trust Fund (TTF).  The TTF is used to pay for and maintain …

The Renaissance of Paterson

September 19th, 2014 — With a population of more than 150,000 residents, making it the 3rd largest city in New Jersey, Paterson is undergoing a rebirth of sorts in recent years.  CIANJ participated in a roundtable discussion this week with state and local leaders …

Repealing New Jersey’s Estate and Inheritance Taxes

September 12th, 2014 — On Monday, CIANJ president, John Galandak, will be joining other business and civic leaders in Trenton urging the State Legislature and Governor to repeal New Jersey’s estate and inheritance taxes.  New Jersey is one of 18 States with an estate …

Take Advantage of New Jersey’s Hiring Incentives

September 5th, 2014 — If you are an employer ready to hire new employees or train existing employees, then you want to click here to view the various incentive programs available to New Jersey businesses.  Administered through the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce …

CIANJ Welcomes New Members

August 28th, 2014 — Summer has been very good to the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) in terms of new members.  CIANJ welcomes LG Electronics, Tesla Motors, Troy Corporation, JCP&L, Sussex Community College, Montclair State University, the Sigma Group, L. Tucci …

So How Much Do Jobs in New Jersey Pay?

August 15th, 2014 — If you ever wondered how much jobs in New Jersey pay, look no further, the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development released its wage survey for New Jersey occupations.  The survey includes number of workers in each category.  …

Help for Manufacturers

August 7th, 2014 — CIANJ President John Galandak was invited by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno to take part in a roundtable discussion, which took place recently in Trenton. Top manufacturing executives, industry stakeholders and state representatives were called together to discuss the status of …

So What is an Energy Resiliency Bank?

July 31st, 2014 — In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, many facilities went without power for days and some weeks.  However, other critical sites remained operational because of alternative power sources.  A lesson learned was the need for critical infrastructure sites to remain operational …

New Jersey’s Economy By The Numbers

July 24th, 2014 — The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development released new data on our labor market.  The unemployment rate fell to 6.6 percent in June. Preliminary estimates for June indicate total nonfarm wage and salary employment increased sharply, up by …

Improving New Jersey’s Economy

July 24th, 2014 — This morning CIANJ participated in a business meeting in Trenton where the focus was rebuilding New Jersey’s economy and specifically, private sector job growth.  Spearheaded by the Assembly Republicans, and well attended by other business groups, it was an opportunity …

Will You Be Paying a Stormwater Runoff Fee?

July 17th, 2014 — On Monday, the Senate Environment and Energy Committee and the Assembly Environment & Solid Waste Committee will hold a rare joint meeting in Toms River.  While the focus of the meeting will be on the health of the Barnegat Bay, …

EPA Proposes to Replace and Reduce Harmful Greenhouse Gases

July 11th, 2014 — The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is proposing to prohibit the use of certain chemicals that significantly contribute to climate change where safer, more climate-friendly alternatives exist. This is the agency’s second action aimed at reducing emissions of hydrofluorocarbons …

Senate Environment & Energy Committee Focuses on Climate Change

July 11th, 2014 — In a rare summer session, the Senate Environment & Energy Committee met Thursday to hear from interested stakeholders on New Jersey’s renewable energy portfolio and to discuss climate change issues.  In a marathon session which lasted all day, groups and …

Higher Education Members Discuss Pending Legislation

July 11th, 2014 — Earlier this week, representatives from CIANJ’s member colleges and universities met in Paramus to discuss legislation dealing with higher education in New Jersey.  The group discussed the impact of nineteen (19) bills introduced earlier this year dealing with tuition freezes, …

How Do You Feel About New Jersey’s Business Incentive Programs?

July 3rd, 2014 — Later in the month (July 24), CIANJ will participate in a meeting in Trenton to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of New Jersey’s business incentive programs.  The meeting is being organized by the Assembly Republicans who want to hear from …

CIANJ To Host Higher Education Meeting

July 3rd, 2014 — On Tuesday, July 8, representatives from CIANJ’s member colleges and universities will gather to discuss legislation introduced earlier in the year that impacts New Jersey’s institutions of higher learning.  The scope of the legislation covers everything from tuition freezes, remedial …

What Will The Governor Do?

July 3rd, 2014 — With the state budget finalized, Governor Christie will turn his attention to several pieces of legislation sitting on his desk.  Topping the list is the “ban the box” or the “opportunity to compete act” bill which would prohibit an employer …

PENPAC Elects New Officers and Trustees

June 27th, 2014 — The Private Enterprise Political Action Committee (PENPAC), the political fundraising arm of the CIANJ, elected new officers and trustees earlier this week at a meeting in Paramus.  James Kosch of McCarter and English is the new Chairman; Dave DuPont of Hepco …

NJDEP Commissioner Meets With CIANJ

June 27th, 2014 — On Wednesday, more than 70 environmental professionals gathered at the Pines Manor in Edison to hear from NJDEP Commissioner Bob Martin on his priorities for the Department and to answer questions from members.  In addition to the continued work associated …

The Budget Battle

June 27th, 2014 — On Thursday, the Senate and Assembly passed a $34.1 billion state budget for FY2015, which was $300 million less than what the Governor proposed in February.   At issue is how New Jersey is going to close a $1 billion deficit …

“Daytime” Populations in New Jersey

June 20th, 2014 — The New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development released a report detailing the daytime populations in New Jersey.  The report is meant to highlight which counties and municipalities see increases in population and which counties and municipalities experience declines …

Dredging the Passaic River

June 20th, 2014 — In April 2014, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) proposed a plan to dredge eight miles of the Passaic River as part of on-going efforts to restore and cleanup the river.  Preliminary estimates place the amount of sediments to …

CIANJ Supports Tesla Motors on Passage of Direct Sales Legislation

June 20th, 2014 — On Monday, the General Assembly cleared legislation which would allow Tesla Motors, Inc. to sell directly to consumers.  Sponsored by Assemblyman Tim Eustace of Paramus, A-3216, would remove a restriction that automobile manufactures establish a franchise system when selling their …

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Seeking Private Company to Operate Off-Road Vehicle Park

June 13th, 2014 — As part of the Christie Administration’s goal of making parks more self-sustaining, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is looking for private bidders to take over operations of the Woodbine Off-Road Vehicle Park in Woodbine, Cape May County, …

Senate Passes “Made In America” Bill

June 13th, 2014 — In a 36-1 vote, the New Jersey Senate passed S-1811 which would place a mandate on a vendors doing work with the State of New Jersey to purchase materials and products that are made in America, when servicing state contracts. …

Seventeen Days and Counting!

June 13th, 2014 — With seventeen days remaining until New Jersey lawmakers have to pass a balanced budget, the focus will be on how it closes an $800 million deficit this fiscal year and how it will address the more than $1.5 billion deficit …

Legislation Allowing Tesla Motors To Sell Directly To Consumers Advances

June 6th, 2014 — The Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee cleared A-3216 which would allow Tesla Motors to sell their vehicles directly to the public without going through dealerships.  Tesla Motors would be restricted to four locations and would have to establish a service facility.  …

“Ban the Box” Bill Advances

June 6th, 2014 — The Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee cleared A-2124, also known as the “Opportunity To Compete Act” on Thursday.  The bill prohibits certain employers (> 15 employees) from including a “box” on an employment application asking about an applicant’s criminal record.  …

Legislation Targets LG Electronics’ New Headquarters In Englewood Cliffs

June 6th, 2014 — On Thursday, the Senate Environment & Energy Committee heard testimony on S-2025 which would restrict the height of any development along the Palisades to 35 feet.  The bill specifically targets the proposed new United States Headquarters of LG Electronics which …

Courts Rule on Liability For Cleanup Costs at Former Day Care Center

May 30th, 2014 — Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced a significant legal victory for the State’s environmental protection efforts earlier this week.  A Superior Court Judge found multiple defendants liable for a total of $6.13 million to cover the cost of cleaning …

Assembly Higher Education Committee Hits the Road

May 30th, 2014 — The Assembly Higher Education Committee held a public hearing on Wednesday, May 28 at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey to discuss issues surrounding higher education in New Jersey.  Nineteen bills have been introduced dealing with college affordability, transparency, accountability, …

Going One-On-One With New Jersey Lawmakers

May 30th, 2014 — On Tuesday, more than 100 leaders from both academia and the business community gathered for the Bruce G. Siminoff Legislative One-on-One Dinner at Nanina’s In the Park in Belleville, New Jersey to discuss ways in which to grow New Jersey’s …

Helping Atlantic City’s Businesses

May 23rd, 2014 — As a result of New Jersey’s ongoing commitment to support small businesses impacted by Superstorm Sandy, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced the approval of Stronger NJ Business Grants to several Atlantic City businesses, including Crystal Nails, Web …

How Is The Water Quality At the Beaches?

May 23rd, 2014 — With Memorial Day upon us, many will flock to New Jersey’s beaches and parks.  In anticipation, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection launched a revamped coastal water monitoring website to include real-time mapping and data to make it even …

Budget Shortfall Dominates Discussion in Trenton

May 23rd, 2014 — With the unfortunate news that revenues have fallen short by $800 million, the State Treasurer presented the Administration’s plan on how it will balance the budget with five weeks remaining in this fiscal year.   The Governor signed Executive Order #156 …

Companies Agree to Pay for Cleanup of Contaminated Ground Water at Superfund Site in Old Bridge, NJ

May 16th, 2014 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced a final legal agreement with ten companies to conduct the cleanup of contaminated ground water at the Evor Phillips Leasing Company Superfund site in Old Bridge Township, New Jersey. The ground water beneath …

Assembly Labor Committee Moves Legislation Dealing With Wages and Construction Contracts

May 16th, 2014 — On Thursday, The Assembly Labor Committee cleared legislation dealing with the prompt payment of construction contracts.  The intent of A-832 seeks to expedite the payment of construction contracts, both public and private contracts once work is completed.  The Committee also …

CIANJ’s President Reappointed to Red Tape Review Commission

May 16th, 2014 — John Galandak, president of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ), was recently reappointed to the Red Tape Review Commission (Commission).  First established in 2009 by Governor Chris Christie, the Red Tape Review Commission, which is chaired by …

Budget Discussions Center Around $800 Million Shortfall

May 9th, 2014 — The State Treasurer, Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff, testified before both the Assembly and Senate Budget Committees this week on why New Jersey is experiencing a budget shortfall of more than $800 million for this fiscal year.  This unexpected shortfall complicates the discussions …

New Jersey’s Unemployment Trust Fund Now Solvent

May 9th, 2014 — In a recent statement, Governor Christie’s Administration announced that New Jersey employers will be spared $1 billion in taxes over the next five years as anti-fraud reforms and fiscal management practices undertaken by the NJ Department of Labor & Workforce …

Legislation Targeting Residential Mortgage Lenders and Brokers Clears Assembly Committee

May 9th, 2014 — On Thursday, the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee cleared a bill dealing with the licensing of certain individuals involved with residential mortgages.  Assembly bill A-1784, would exempt individuals who process three or less loan applications from licensing requirements under …

Amending the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013

May 2nd, 2014 — On May 5, the Senate Economic Growth Committee will be meeting to discuss a series of bills (see here for a list of the bills) including S-1551, entitled “Economic Opportunity Act of 2014, Part 3”.  This bill will change various …

May 7th Deadline Fast Approaching for Certain Site Remediation Cases

May 2nd, 2014 — This week the NJDEP sent an alert out to Responsible Parties to remind them of a deadline that is fast approaching.  If you or your client has a site which has been issued a restricted or limited restricted use no …

Focusing on Higher Education in New Jersey

May 2nd, 2014 — On Wednesday, the Assembly Budget Committee held a 3 hour marathon session with representatives from New Jersey’s higher education sector including college and university presidents and Secretary Rochelle Hendricks of the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education.  The Committee …

Collecting Sales Tax from Tattoos & Cosmetic Make-Up Applications

April 25th, 2014 — Effective January 17, 2014, the Sales and Use Tax Act imposed tax on charges for “tattooing, including all permanent body art and permanent cosmetic make-up applications.”  N.J.S.A. 54:32B-3(b)(10). P.L. 2013, c. 193 amended N.J.S.A. 54:32B-3(b)(10) to exclude from tax charges …

Replenishing Political War Chests

April 25th, 2014 — The money spent on last year’s elections reached record highs and as a result, the amount of money left in both parties coffers are at an all-time low according to a press release from the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC). …

Key Senate Committees to Meet on Monday

April 25th, 2014 — The Senate Environment & Energy Committee will meet on Monday to hear testimony on a bill which will impose a penalty for failing to add a bittering agent to anti-freeze (S-1341).  The Senate Labor committee will hear testimony on S-770 …

Collecting Sales Tax from Tattoos & Cosmetic Make-Up Applications

April 18th, 2014 — Effective January 17, 2014, the Sales and Use Tax Act imposes tax on charges for “tattooing, including all permanent body art and permanent cosmetic make-up applications.”  N.J.S.A. 54:32B-3(b)(10). P.L. 2013, c. 193 amended N.J.S.A. 54:32B-3(b)(10) to exclude from tax charges …

Replenishing Political War Chests

April 18th, 2014 — The money spent on last year’s elections reached record highs and as a result, the amount of money left in both parties coffers are at an all-time low according to a press release from the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC). …

State Budget Discussions Continue

April 18th, 2014 — In a relatively quiet week in Trenton, the Assembly Budget Committee met on Monday to hear from the Commissioner of the Department of Labor & Workforce Development, Hal Wirths, and the Commissioner of the Department of Health, Mary O’Dowd.  The …

New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Approves Funding For New Projects

April 11th, 2014 — At its April meeting, the NJEDA approved funding for new projects in Bergen, Middlesex and Camden counties. This included an award to ENER-G Rudox Inc. to establish an advanced manufacturing facility for cogeneration and energy-efficiency systems, as well as a …

Commissioners of Labor and Health Departments To Discuss FY 2015 Budget

April 11th, 2014 — On Monday, Commissioner Hal Wirths of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and Commissioner Mary O’Dowd of the New Jersey Department of Health will appear before the Assembly Budget Committee to discuss their respective budgets for FY …

Environmental Professionals Gather at EBC Spring Conference

April 11th, 2014 — On April 4, more than 100 environmental professionals gathered at the Pines Manor in Edison to discuss how to apply professional judgment when remediating sites.  Attendees included licensed site remediation professionals (LSRPs), attorneys, engineers, consultants, regulators and responsible parties.  Attendees …

USEPA Settlement Yields Hundreds of Millions for Superfund Sites in New Jersey and New York

April 4th, 2014 — A historic settlement announced today with the Kerr-McGee Corporation and certain of its affiliates (“New Kerr-McGee”), and their parent Anadarko Petroleum Corporation will benefit environmental cleanups at the Welsbach Superfund site in Gloucester City, New Jersey and the GCL Tie …

New Jersey’s Tax Expenditures

April 4th, 2014 — In 2009, New Jersey passed a law which directs the New Jersey Department of Treasury to publish a report each year detailing tax expenditures.  In other words, New Jersey needs to publish how much tax exemptions, credits, deductions, etc. have …

Preserving Open Space in New Jersey

April 4th, 2014 — There are two concurrent resolutions moving through the Legislature which would divert taxes collected from corporations and redirect them to the preservation of open space. SCR 84 and its counterpart in the Assembly, ACR 130, would divert 6% of the …

EBC Spring Conference Speaker Bios and Presentations – April 4, 2014

April 2nd, 2014 — Please click here to download a complete set of speaker bios. Kevin Long, ENVIRON – Click here to view Kevin’s bio. Michael Speck, PS&S Corporation – Click here to view Michael’s bio. Click here to view Michael’s presentation. Thomas Uzzo, …

EPA Planning to Remove Contaminated Buildings at Radiation Technology, Inc. Superfund Site in Rockaway Township

March 28th, 2014 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to demolish and remove buildings and smaller structures at the Radiation Technology, Inc. Superfund site in Rockaway Township, New Jersey, which were contaminated during the testing and development of rocket motors …

Legislation Increasing Hourly Wages For “Tip” Workers Advances

March 28th, 2014 — On Monday, legislation increasing hourly wages for workers who routinely collect tips and gratuities cleared the Assembly Labor Committee.  The bill, A-857, would require employers to raise the hourly wage of employees collecting gratuities to a predetermined percentage of the …

Don’t Miss Out – CIANJ’s Workshop on New Jersey’s New E-Procurement System

March 28th, 2014 — On May 2, CIANJ will be teaming up with representatives from the New Jersey Department of Treasury’s Division of Purchase & Property to present New Jersey’s new electronic procurement system which will go live later this year.  Called NJ-START, the …

CIANJ Budget Testimony

March 25th, 2014 — CIANJ testifies in support of the Governor’s proposed FY2015 budget and calls for continued pension reforms and the elimination of the estate tax.  

Assembly Moves Legislation

March 21st, 2014 — On Thursday, the General Assembly acted on several pieces of legislation including a bill which would require the New Jersey Department of Health to develop uniform standards for placarding for eating establishments, a bill which would prohibit smoking on beaches …

Legislative Budget Hearings Wrap Up

March 21st, 2014 — On Monday, the Assembly Budget Committee will wrap up public hearings on the proposed state budget.  On February 25, Governor Christie proposed a $34.4 billion budget which includes an historic $2.4 billion payment to the pension system.  Both the Assembly …

Remedial Investigation Extension Deadline Ends Today

March 21st, 2014 — If you are one of 3,000 cases that have not completed a remedial investigation, today is the last day you can apply for a two year extension with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).  Earlier this year, Governor …

CIANJ to Testify on Budget

March 18th, 2014 — CIANJ to testify on the FY 2015 State Budget on Monday, March 24 before the Assembly Budget Committee

Tony Russo to Speak at NJ Hospital Association

March 18th, 2014 — CIANJ to present the business impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the New Jersey Hospital Association’s CEO Conference on Friday, March 21.  To share your views on the ACA, please contact Tony Russo at 201-368-2100 or [email protected]

Do You Have a Policy on “Bringing Your Own Device (BYOD)” to Work?

March 14th, 2014 — BYOD is the latest issue confronting human resource directors. The acronym stands for “Bring Your Own Device” and a new technology survey shows that 76 percent of employers are allowing their workers to do business on their personal smart phones, …

A Mixed Bag of Labor-Related Legislation In Committee Next Week

March 14th, 2014 — On Monday, the Senate Labor Committee will discuss a handful of bills dealing with labor-related issues.  One positive bill, S-153, entitled the “New Jobs for NJ Act” would provide small businesses with a tax credit for hiring unemployed individuals while …

Members Discuss How To Improve New Jersey’s Economy

March 14th, 2014 — At this week’s Legislative Roundtable meeting, held at CIANJ’s Paramus Headquarters, more than 35 business executives discussed how to grow New Jersey’s economy with three key legislators.  Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblyman Anthony Bucco and Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, all members of …

New Jersey Occupational Employment Statistics Now Available

March 7th, 2014 — The New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce released a comprehensive report on the latest Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) wage data for New Jersey.  This report offers a general overview of the New Jersey labor market and breaks down employment …

Politics and Money

March 7th, 2014 — Earlier this week, the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), the agency responsible for monitoring elections, campaigns and political contributions, released a report on the amount of money spent in 2013 on lobbying.  More than $60 million was spent on political …

Reflecting On Community Service

March 7th, 2014 — More than 200 business executives and professionals gathered at the Stony Hill Inn Thursday evening to celebrate businesses giving back to the community.  In all, 33 companies were honored for their contributions and service to the public and to the …

Senator Linda Greenstein Spends Time With CIANJ Environmental Professionals

February 28th, 2014 — Earlier this week, Senator Linda Greenstein of the 14th Legislative District, Vice Chair of the Senate Environment & Energy Committee, and an outspoken critic of the Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP) program visited with CIANJ members at a Site Remediation …

Leveling The Playing Field in the State Budget

February 28th, 2014 — For the fifth straight year, Governor Christie has not proposed new taxes in his budget, has kept spending down and has also kept his commitment to make a payment to the pension system (a historic $2 billion payment).  Governor Christie …

Check-Out CIANJ’s New Website

February 28th, 2014 — If you have not seen it yet, click here to view the new and improved website for CIANJ.  In reviewing the analytics, it was clear the majority of members visited the website primarily to view upcoming events.   Therefore, upcoming events …

Next Week’s Legislative Focus

February 21st, 2014 — On Monday, various Assembly Committees will meet to hear testimony and vote on numerous bills.  The Assembly Budget Committee will focus on the state debt and specifically how the State Treasurer reports on debt matters.  The Assembly Environment and Solid …

New Jersey to Roll-Out New E-Procurement System

February 21st, 2014 — Vendors and contractors performing work on behalf of the State of New Jersey will need to register on a new electronic procurement system beginning in April of this year.  The intent of the new system is to streamline and cut …

Higher Education Legislation Clears Assembly Committee

February 21st, 2014 — On Thursday the Assembly Higher Education Committee voted A-1974 out of Committee.  The bill would require institutes of higher learning to collect employment data for recent graduates and post this information on their websites.  A similar bill, A-668, which would …

Lt Governor Kim Guadagno Begins Touring NJ’s Technical Education Schools

February 14th, 2014 — On Monday of this week, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno kicked off her statewide tour of visiting New Jersey’s technical education schools by visiting the Bergen County Technical High School.  She was accompanied by NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development …

USEPA Awards $3 Million In Grants To Study Chemical Exposures

February 14th, 2014 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) announced more than $3 million in grants to research institutions to better understand how chemicals interact with biological processes and how these interactions may lead to altered brain development. The studies are focused on …

Rebuilding New Jersey’s Economy

February 14th, 2014 — Earlier this week, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) approved four projects under the GROWNJ incentive program and one project under the Economic Redevelopment Grant (ERG) Program.  These latest approvals brings the total applications approved to 15, for a …

March 7 Deadline Fast Approaching (Site Remediation Deadline Extension)

February 7th, 2014 — Yesterday, CIANJ participated in an industry seminar at Montclair State University which discussed the process for receiving an extension to the May 7, 2014 deadline for the completion of certain remedial investigations.  Applications are due into NJDEP by March 7 …

Legislation Seeks to License Grease Recyclers

February 7th, 2014 — On Monday, legislation which would require grease recyclers to be licensed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), under the A-901 licensing program, will be heard in the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee.  A-1586, sponsored by Chairwoman …

The State of the Banking Industry in New Jersey

February 7th, 2014 — On Thursday, representatives of the NJ banking industry testified before the Assembly Financial Institutions and Insurance Committee on the state of the industry.   Overall the testimony was positive, but concerns were raised about the amount of time for foreclosures in …

EPA Releases Guide for Small Manufacturing Businesses

January 31st, 2014 — EPA has asked CIANJ to promote the release of its Best Management Practices (BMPs) and quick tips documents (link below).  The documents were prepared by EPA Region 2’s Pollution Prevention and Climate Change (P2C2) Program which works with businesses, communities, …

Key Assembly Committee Assignments Announced

January 31st, 2014 — In case you missed it, key committee appointments were announced this week in the General Assembly.  Most notably was the appointment of Assemblyman Gary Schaer of Passaic to chair the powerful and important Assembly Budget Committee.  Assemblyman John Burzichelli of …

CIANJ Meets With Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto

January 31st, 2014 — In its continuing efforts to build relationships with legislative leadership, CIANJ President John Galandak and EVP of Government Affairs Tony Russo, met with Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and his Chief of Staff, Steven Cattuna on Wednesday to discuss issues important …

New Jersey’s Top Three Tax Revenues

January 24th, 2014 — The New Jersey Division of Taxation released its 2012 Annual Report which lists tax revenues collected for 2012.  Not surprisingly, the top three tax revenues were the gross income tax at $11 billion, the sales and use tax at $8 …

CIANJ Attends Governor’s Swearing-In Ceremony

January 24th, 2014 — Despite blizzard conditions in Trenton, hundreds of dignitaries gathered at the War Memorial in Trenton on Tuesday to witness Governor Christie being sworn in as New Jersey’s 55th Governor and Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno being sworn in for a second …

Governor Signs Key Legislation

January 24th, 2014 — Earlier in the week, Governor Christie signed numerous bills into law while “pocket” vetoing many other bills.  Of note to CIANJ members is the signing of legislation which extends a mandatory deadline for the completion of remedial investigations, a bill …

New Legislative Session Underway

January 17th, 2014 — With all the attention on the Governor’s State of the State address this week, the 216th Legislature officially began on Tuesday.  The “lameduck” legislative session ended with numerous bills being passed by both the Assembly and Senate.  More than 100 …

Governor Christie’s State of the State Address

January 17th, 2014 — If you missed the Governor’s State of the State Address you can view it here: State of the State Address.  Governor Christie laid out his Administration’s priorities for his second term.  The Governor called for additional property tax relief by …

CIANJ Meets with Senate President Stephen Sweeney

January 17th, 2014 — Earlier this week, CIANJ President John Galandak, and EVP of Government Affairs, Tony Russo, met with Senate President Stephen Sweeney to discuss legislative priorities and to lay out CIANJ’s Legislative and Regulatory Agenda seen here.  In a meeting which lasted …

EPA’s New Citizen Science Website

January 10th, 2014 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revamped its Citizen Science website to provide new resources and success stories to assist the public in conducting scientific research and collecting data to better understand their local environment and address issues of concern. …

Legislation Cutting Red Tape Heads to Governor’s Desk

January 10th, 2014 — Legislation cutting regulatory red tape and increasing permit efficiencies will be heading to the Governor’s desk after the Senate overwhelmingly passed A-3323/3324 on Thursday.  If enacted, the legislation would mandate that each state agency review all existing permit programs for …

CIANJ’s Legislative & Regulatory Agenda (2014-2016)

January 10th, 2014 — As the legislative lameduck session comes to close next week and the 216th Legislature begins later this month, it is important for the business community to come together to focus on what is needed to build our businesses and private …

New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development Releases Key Labor and Employment Data

January 3rd, 2014 — Earlier this week, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development released updated information on employment, wages and other key economic data for various industry sectors including healthcare, life sciences, financial services, transportation and hospitality to name a few.  …

Business and Healthcare Professionals To Discuss End of Life Care Issues

January 3rd, 2014 — On Thursday, January 9, at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, healthcare professionals and other business professionals will join together to hear from a panel of distinguished experts who will discuss issues surrounding caring for terminally ill individuals.  With advances …

Senate Budget Committee Poised to Move Critical Legislation

January 3rd, 2014 — On Monday, the Senate Budget Committee will hear testimony on several bills including a bill which would allow municipalities to tax stormwater runoff.  If enacted, A-2641would establish the creation of stormwater management utilities.  These utilities would be authorized to establish and …

Air Emission Fees Top $113 a Ton

December 20th, 2013 — The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will publish a notice of the annual percentage increase in per-ton emission fee for fiscal year (FY) 2014. For FY 2014, the Department has calculated the CPI percentage increase as 1.7 percent, resulting …

CIANJ President Participates in Red Tape Review Commission Meetings

December 20th, 2013 — CIANJ’s President John Galandak participated in two recent Red Tape Review Commission meetings to hear from residents and business owners about their concerns and frustrations with regulations and policies which impede their businesses and quality of life.  Mr. Galandak is …

Stronger NJ Business Grant Program Deadline – December 31st

December 19th, 2013 — The deadline for businesses to submit an application for the Stronger NJ Business Grant Program is December 31st, 2013.  The program provides grants of up to $50,000 to businesses damaged by Superstorm Sandy.  To be eligible, businesses must have experienced …

Legislation Amending The Site Remediation Reform Act Advances

December 19th, 2013 — Legislation extending a deadline by two years to complete certain remediation investigations cleared two legislative committees this week.  S-3075 moved quickly through the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Monday and then through the Senate Environment Committee on Thursday …

“Ban the Box” Legislation Clears Assembly Committee

December 19th, 2013 — On Monday, the Assembly Labor Committee advanced legislation which would prohibit an employer from asking about a job applicant’s criminal history until a conditional job offer is made and only if the applicant consents to the background check.  A-3837 was …

Legislative Leaders Address CIANJ Members

December 13th, 2013 — Despite a snowy Tuesday morning, more than 25 business professionals gathered at CIANJ headquarters in Paramus to hear from two key legislators about next year’s legislative priorities.  Republican Assemblyman David Rible of Wall Twp, who also serves as the Conference …

Legislation Amending Site Remediation Reform Act Stalls in Committee

December 13th, 2013 — Legislation which would amend the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) to extend a deadline dealing with the completion of certain remedial investigations was held in the Senate Environment Committee on Thursday.  Senator Smith, who chairs the Committee, held the bill …

Key Labor Legislation Up For A Vote On Monday

December 13th, 2013 — Not slowing down for the holidays, the Assembly Labor Committee will meet on Monday to hear testimony on legislation dealing with the hiring of employees, among other bills.  A-3837 also known as the “Ban the Box” or “The Opportunity to …

A Rain Tax?

December 6th, 2013 — Legislation is making its way through Trenton which if enacted, would allow municipalities to charge property owners a tax or fee for stormwater runoff which flows into sewers and then out to surface waters or into publicly owned treatment facilities. …

Business Leaders Discuss Property Trends and Workplace Issues

December 6th, 2013 — Earlier this week, business leaders gathered at the Hasbrouck Heights Hilton to discuss property trends and workplace issues in two separate meetings.  CIANJ’s Real Property Roundtable met on Tuesday to hear from Rutger’s Economist James Hughes on trends concerning New …

CIANJ Testifies In Support of Amendments to the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA)

December 6th, 2013 — On Thursday, CIANJ joined other business groups in supporting amendments to the Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA) which would extend the May 2014 deadline for the completion of certain remedial investigations. According to NJDEP, approximately 4,000 cases (out of a …

USEPA Appoints New Scientific Integrity Official

November 27th, 2013 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appointed Dr. Francesca Grifo as the agency’s new scientific integrity official.  Dr. Grifo’s responsibilities include coordinating and carrying out EPA’s scientific integrity policy and chairing a standing EPA scientific integrity committee. “Science is, and …

On The Legislative Front

November 27th, 2013 — In an abbreviated work week, a handful of Assembly Committees met on Monday to move various bills through the process.  The Assembly Environment & Solid Waste Committee passed a bill requiring the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to …

Happy Thanksgiving & Thank You

November 27th, 2013 — As we gather with friends and family this week to celebrate Thanksgiving, we at CIANJ want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for the support you have shown our organization through the years.  Your participation in our …

Tax Related Legislation for 2013

November 22nd, 2013 — This year has been a busy year for tax related legislation.  New laws have been enacted dealing with issues ranging from cigarettes, the corporate business tax, angel investors, farmland assessment, etc.  For a summary of all the new laws for …

Looking for New Ideas

November 22nd, 2013 — On Tuesday, December 10, members will gather at the CIANJ offices to discuss proactive measures which can be undertaken to assist our businesses and grow our economy.  No matter what business sector you are in, it is likely you have …

Apply Away – Application Process For Tax Credits and Grants Now Open!

November 22nd, 2013 — Earlier this week, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) launched the application process to apply for grants and tax credits under the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013.  As reported previously, this law sets aside approximately $2 billion …

Senior Manager leaves New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

November 14th, 2013 — Today marks the last day for a key senior manager within the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.  Marilyn Lennon, the Assistant Commissioner of the Land Use Management Program, leaves the NJDEP to join Paulus, Sokolowski and Sartor, LLC (PS&S).  …

Senate Committee Moves Legislation Amending the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013

November 14th, 2013 — On Thursday, the Senate Commerce Committee passed Senate bill S-3030, entitled the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act II of 2013.  This bill would amend the law signed by Governor Christie earlier this year to include provisions dealing with affordable housing …

Two Assembly Seats Still Undecided

November 14th, 2013 — More than a week after the elections, the winners of two Assembly seats have yet to be decided.  The race in Bergen County (District 38), between Rochelle Park Mayor Joe Scarpa (R) and incumbent Assembyman Tim Eustace (D) is still …

EPA Finalizes Cleanup Plan for South Plainfield Superfund Site

November 8th, 2013 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized its cleanup plan to address contaminated soil and debris at the Woodbrook Road Dump Superfund site in South Plainfield, New Jersey. Previous dumping of old electrical capacitors at the site contaminated soil with polychlorinated …

Assemblyman Vincent Prieto Elected As Speaker

November 8th, 2013 — When the 216th Legislature begins next January, the General Assembly will have a new Speaker.  Assemblyman Vincent Prieto of the 32nd Legislative District, which encompasses Bergen and Hudson counties, will become Speaker of the Assembly, taking the helm from Assemblywoman …

Election Recap

November 8th, 2013 — So what were the takeaways from Tuesday’s elections?  By now everyone knows Governor Christie defeated Democratic challenger Barbara Buono by 22 % points and that the makeup of the Legislature basically stayed the same with the exception of a couple …

Senate Committees To Kick Off Lameduck Session

November 1st, 2013 — Wasting no time after Tuesday’s elections, 4 Senate Committees will meet on November 7 to hear testimony on a variety of bills dealing with commerce, labor environment, and transportation issues.  Legislation dealing with home elevation contractor standards, peanut policies on …

This Year’s Ballot Questions

November 1st, 2013 — In addition to selecting our next Governor, Lt. Governor and members of the Legislature, New Jerseyans will be asked to amend our state constitution by voting “yes” or “no” on 2 ballot questions on November 5.  The first question deals …

In The Final Stretch To Election Day

November 1st, 2013 — With four more days until New Jersey residents cast their vote for Governor, Lt. Governor and for members of the 216th New Jersey Legislature, certain races are receiving more attention than others.  According to the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), …

EPA Releases Greenhouse Gas Emissions Data from Large Facilities

October 24th, 2013 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its third year of greenhouse gas data detailing carbon pollution emissions and trends broken down by industrial sector, greenhouse gas, geographic region, and individual facility. The data, required to be collected annually by …

Funding Available To Spur Technology-Led Economic Development In Storm-Impacted Communities

October 24th, 2013 — Funding is available through the Stronger NJ Neighborhood and Community Revitalization (NCR) Program to support “Innovation Projects” in New Jersey’s nine most impacted storm-impacted counties.  Launched in September, the NCR Program is administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority …

Jersey City Adopts Paid Sick Leave Ordinance For Private Employers

October 24th, 2013 — Earlier this week, Mayor Steve Fulop of Jersey City signed an ordinance requiring businesses employing ten or more employees to provide paid sick leave to its employees.  Jersey City becomes the first municipality in New Jersey to require such a …

What’s Coming in December’s COMMERCE Magazine?

October 18th, 2013 — COMMERCE Magazine’s December 2013 Issue will feature stories about nonprofit best practices and charitable giving (how to pick the best-managed charities, raising capital for worthy causes), building a stronger banking industry, a focus on our natural resources (accessing clean drinking …

Helping New Jersey’s Businesses

October 18th, 2013 — Last month, Governor Christie signed the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 into law.  Since the law was signed, there has been a lot of attention on the various incentives, programs and assistance New Jersey offers to our employers …

Eighteen Days and Counting

October 18th, 2013 — With 18 days remaining before New Jersey residents will cast a vote for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and all 120 spots in the NJ Legislature on November 5, there is little doubt campaigning will heat up in the coming days on …

“Congratulations Gov. Christie on 2nd term victory!”

October 17th, 2013 — The governor and runnning mate, Lt. Gov. Guadagno, won by a 23-point margin...

Business Leaders Gather to Discuss Post Sandy Rebuilding Efforts & Opportunities

October 11th, 2013 — Earlier this week, business leaders and key policy makers gathered at the Hasbrouck Heights Hilton to discuss the rebuilding efforts and the opportunities that lie ahead for New Jersey businesses as New Jersey continues to recover from Hurricane Sandy.   Attendees …

CIANJ President Discusses Impacts of the Affordable Care Act

October 11th, 2013 — CIANJ’s President, John Galandak, was a guest speaker on the NJ Capitol Report hosted by Steve Adubato.  The topic of discussion was the impact of the Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare) on New Jersey businesses.  With the healthcare exchanges now open in …

PENPAC Endorses Candidates for November 5 Elections

October 11th, 2013 — On Tuesday of this week, the Private Enterprise Political Action Committee (PENPAC) announced its endorsements for the upcoming gubernatorial and legislative elections in November.  The PENPAC Board of Trustees spent months evaluating the candidates voting records, views on issues such …

Don’t Miss it! CIANJ’s Post Sandy Conference – October 9th

October 4th, 2013 — As we approach the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, CIANJ has brought together key policy makers and experts to discuss issues surrounding our rebuilding efforts.  Whether you have been directly impacted by the storm or work for a company …

USEPA Proposes Cleanup Plan For Ringwood New Jersey Sites

October 4th, 2013 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a plan to address contamination in three areas of the Ringwood Mines/Landfill Superfund site in Ringwood, New Jersey. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, these areas were used to dispose of waste materials, …

CIANJ Heads to Washington

October 4th, 2013 — Earlier this week, a group of members headed to our nation’s capitol as part of CIANJ’s annual trip to Washington to meet with members of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation.  A diverse group of CIANJ professionals attended the trip including …

Approaching the One Year Anniversary of Hurricane Sandy

September 27th, 2013 — As we approach the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the New Jersey Legislature will hold a hearing on Monday, September 30 to hear from state officials on the progress made to date with the rebuilding efforts.  The Senate Environment …

Financial Decision Makers Gather to Discuss Staffing

September 27th, 2013 — On Thursday, business owners and financial experts gathered at the Hasbrouck Heights Hilton to hear from experts, including Jeff Stoller, Assistant Commissioner at the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development, about the role of temporary staffing in our …

Business Leaders Show Their Support for PENPAC

September 27th, 2013 — Top business leaders came together earlier this week to show their support for the political arm of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) by attending a dinner at the Brownstone in Paterson, New Jersey.  Better known as …

Human Resources Professionals Discuss Impact of Affordable Care Act

September 19th, 2013 — At this week’s Human Resources Roundtable meeting held at the Hasbrouck Heights Hilton, more than 60 human resource professionals discussed the impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, on their businesses.  The guest speakers briefed attendees …

Governor Signs New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 into Law

September 19th, 2013 — Earlier this week, Governor Christie signed into law, the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 (A-3680) ending a year-long process to get the legislation through both houses.  The good news for businesses and residents is this legislation will boost …

Members Hear from DEP Senior Managers

September 19th, 2013 — On Monday, more than 100 environmental professionals gathered at the Pines Manor in Edison as part of CIANJ’s Fall Environmental Conference to hear from senior managers within the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  Attendees were provided with a cornucopia of …

New Jersey Makes Searching for New Properties Easier

September 13th, 2013 — Choose New Jersey and GIS Planning have launched a new interactive tool designed to make finding commercial properties in the Garden State faster and easier.  ChooseNJSites.com (http://www.ChooseNJSites.com) features a searchable database of available business and industrial real estate sites – …

Government Mandating Paid Sick Time?

September 13th, 2013 — Legislation (S-2866) introduced in June by Senator Loretta Weinberg and Assemblywoman Pamela Lampitt would require companies employing more than 10 employees to grant one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked.   Mayor Steve Fulop of Jersey City introduced …

New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013 Heads to Governor For Signature

September 13th, 2013 — On Thursday, the State Senate cleared A-3860, better known as the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013, by an overwhelming vote of 35-1.  The bill heads back to Governor Christie where he is expected to sign it into law.  …

USEPA Launches New Interactive Mapping Tool

September 6th, 2013 — The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched an interactive web-based mapping tool that provides the public with access and information on Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) filed with EPA for major projects. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies …

New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Launches New Revitalization Program

September 6th, 2013 — The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) has begun accepting applications for the Stronger NJ Neighborhood and Community Revitalization (NCR) Program. The $75 million program offers financial assistance to support development and public improvement projects, main street revitalization projects and …

Assembly to Vote on Economic Stimulus Bill

September 6th, 2013 — On Monday, the Assembly is scheduled to vote yet again on A-3680, better known as the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013. The intent of the legislation is to boost and aide certain redevelopment projects in New Jersey which …

Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Staff Changes

August 30th, 2013 — CIANJ has learned that Michele Siekerka, the Assistant Commissioner of Water Resources Management, has been named as Acting Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Mark Pedersen, Director of Land Use Regulation, has been named as Assistant …

Organized Labor Groups Lead the Way When It Comes to Money & Politics

August 30th, 2013 — If someone were to ask you which special interest groups raised and spent the most money on lobbying and political campaigns in New Jersey over the last 13 years, what would your answer be?  In a report released earlier this …

It’s Election Season – Time to Support PENPAC

August 30th, 2013 — To most people, Labor Day is seen as the unofficial end of summer.  A time when everyone focuses on going back to school and work.  This year folks will also turn their attention to politics because New Jersey residents will …

EPA Wants Public to Comment on Plan to Address Contaminated Soil Superfund Site in South Plainfield

August 22nd, 2013 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a plan to address contaminated soil and debris at the Woodbrook Road Dump Superfund site in South Plainfield, New Jersey. Previous dumping of old electrical capacitors at the site has contaminated some of …

Economic Stimulus Bill Clears Senate

August 22nd, 2013 — In another rare summer session, the New Jersey Senate passed S-3680 by a vote of 30-4 on Monday.  Sponsored by Assemblyman Coutinho, the bill, entitled, “The New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013” would consolidate New Jersey’s 5 economic incentive …

CIANJ’s President Speaks On Behalf of Businesses

August 22nd, 2013 — CIANJ’s President, John Galandak, spoke on behalf of New Jersey’s employers when asked about the impact S-2866 will have on businesses if enacted.  The legislation, sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg, would mandate that all employers give employees one hour of …

Vote on revised “Facebook” legislation

August 16th, 2013 — The state Senate is scheduled to vote Monday on legislation that has become known as the “Facebook” bill. The upper house will vote on recommendations made by Gov. Chris Christie when he conditionally vetoed the bill in May. The original …

CIANJ President interviewed on MY9

August 16th, 2013 — John Galandak, president of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, can be seen on My9/WWOR TV on Sunday at noontime in an interview being broadcast on New Jersey Now. As the president of a statewide business advocacy organization, …

$20 Million Dredging Project Begins in the Passaic River

August 9th, 2013 — USEPA along with NJDEP and local officials announced this week that work has begun to remove approximately 20,000 cubic yards of highly contaminated sediment from a half-mile stretch of the Passaic River that runs by Riverside County Park North in …

Governor Signs Water Infrastructure Legislation

August 9th, 2013 — In an effort to better prepare New Jersey and its residents against future disasters, Governor Christie signed senate bill S-2815 into law this week.  The legislation creates the Disaster Relief Emergency Loan Fund to be administered by the New Jersey …

Next Week is Primary Week in New Jersey

August 9th, 2013 — On Tuesday, August 13, voters will select the democratic and republican senatorial candidates for the October 16 special election to fill the remainder of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg’s term. On the democratic side, four candidates are vying for the …

Disaster Response & Business Continuity Report to Head to President Obama

August 2nd, 2013 — Soon after Hurricane Sandy hit the tri-state area, President Obama signed an Executive Order creating a task force comprised of representatives from various federal agencies including the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the US Department of Commerce …

What’s on the Environmental Horizon?

August 2nd, 2013 — At Wednesday’s Environmental Business Council (EBC) meeting, more than 100 members heard from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)’s chief advisor to the Commissioner, Ray Cantor.  Mr. Cantor told the attendees that in addition to responding to Sandy related needs, …

Senate Rejects Open Space Preservation Ballot Question

August 2nd, 2013 — In a rare summer session, the New Jersey Senate rejected a resolution which would have placed a question on November’s ballot dealing with the preservation of open space.  The sponsors of the initiative hoped to divert up to $200 million …

Christie Administration Expands ‘reNew Jersey Stronger’ Housing Initiative With $70 Million Landlord Rental Repair Program

July 26th, 2013 — Earlier in the week, the Christie Administration launched a $70 million Landlord Rental Repair Program to provide grants to help rental property owners repair, reconstruct or elevate rental units damaged by Sandy. The program is part of the ‘reNew Jersey …

Sandy Rebuilding Efforts & Transparency

July 26th, 2013 — Now that we are at the half-way point in summer, where does New Jersey stand with the rebuilding efforts?  The Office of the State Comptroller tracks the contracts and money spent on the rebuilding efforts.   Approximately thirty companies have contracted …

New Jersey’s Economic Climate Keeps Improving

July 26th, 2013 — New Jersey’s economy continued to expand in June, adding 4,600 total non-farm jobs during a fifth consecutive monthly employment increase, according to preliminary data released by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The BLS also revised New Jersey’s …

Only 108 Days Until Election Day!

July 19th, 2013 — With all the distractions summer brings, it is important to remind everyone that election day is fast approaching.  While 108 days may seem like a long time, in reality it is not when one considers what is at stake in …

Members Learn About Campaign Financing Laws

July 19th, 2013 — More than 30 members gathered in the CIANJ Offices in Paramus this week to hear from legal experts and the Executive Director of the Election Law Enforcement Commission (aka ELEC) about campaign financing laws sometimes referred to as “Pay to …

NJ’s Health Commissioner Addresses Members

July 19th, 2013 — The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) Commissioner, Mary O’Dowd, addressed members this week at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck as part of CIANJ’s Healthcare Roundtable Meetings.    Commissioner O’Dowd touched on a variety of important issues such as focusing …

EPA’s Plan to Clean Up Ellis Property Superfund Site in Evesham Township, New Jersey

July 12th, 2013 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposed plan to clean up soil at the Ellis Property Superfund site in Evesham Township, New Jersey that is contaminated with tetrachloroethylene and other volatile organic compounds that are polluting ground water underlying …

Interested in Growing Your Business in Tawain? Assemblyman Gordon Johnson Wants to Help

July 12th, 2013 — As part of a recent legislative delegation that travelled to Tawain, Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, who represents the 37th District, which includes Fort Lee, Hackensack, Teaneck, Englewood, and Englewood Cliffs explored ways New Jersey businesses can grow within Tawain.   Tawain and …

The Head of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority Addresses Members

July 12th, 2013 — Wayne Hasenbalg, the President and CEO of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA), discussed preparations for the upcoming Superbowl and other events at a breakfast meeting with CIANJ members.  More than 100 members gathered at the Hasbrouck Heights …

New DEP Environmental Enforcement Chief Named

July 3rd, 2013 — John Giordano, a former deputy secretary at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, has been appointed as the Department of Environmental Protection’s Assistant Commissioner for Compliance and Enforcement.  As PA’s Deputy Secretary, Giordano served as the agency’s chief …

Governor Takes Action on Legislation

July 3rd, 2013 — Now that the Legislature is in summer recess, the Governor took action on a series of bills impacting the business community.  Governor Christie signed into law, legislation removing the 10% surcharge on employee unemployment insurance taxes.  The Governor also vetoed …

One Year Extension Granted on Key Component of ObamaCare

July 3rd, 2013 — A key component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will not take effect until January 2015.  The requirement for large employers (> 50 employees) to provide health insurance for employees or face a penalty will be extended …

Department of Health & Senior Services Commissioner To Address Members

June 27th, 2013 — Commissioner Mary O’Dowd of the Department of Health and Senior Services will be the featured speaker at the next CIANJ Healthcare Roundtable Meeting on July 18 at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, New Jersey.  Commissioner will discuss issues such …

Economic Stimulus Bill Closer to Reality

June 27th, 2013 — A bill which would pump $600 million into New Jersey’s economy is one step closer to becoming reality.  The Senate cleared A-3680, sponsored by Assemblyman Coutinho, would combine New Jersey’s five business incentive programs into two programs and would provide …

Legislature Clears State Budget

June 27th, 2013 — This week the state budget passed the Senate (29-11) and the Assembly (52-25) with little fanfare.  The $32.9 billion budget was approved and passed with less than $100 million in changes from the Governor’s original budget proposal presented in February. …

DEP Streamlines Regulatory Process for Sandy Rebuilding Efforts

June 21st, 2013 — As part of its ongoing commitment to help New Jersey’s communities continue to recover and rebuild from Superstorm Sandy, the Christie Administration formally adopted rules that streamline Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permits for various types of vital rebuilding projects. …

Other Notable Legislation

June 21st, 2013 — In addition to the budget, the Senate and Assembly cleared S-2861 dealing with the closure of landfills.  The legislation was borne from a public outcry to a landfill in Roxbury Township which accepted waste after it was closed.  If enacted, …

State Budget Nears Completion

June 21st, 2013 — With nine days remaining before a constitutionally mandated deadline to pass a balanced budget, both the Assembly and Senate Budget Committees cleared the FY’14 State Budget on Thursday.  The budget now heads to the Assembly and Senate for a full …

Legislative Action

June 14th, 2013 — With the state budget on target to be finalized by July 1st, the New Jersey Legislature has been hard at work on a series of bills which could impact the business community.  On Thursday, the Senate Environment & Energy Committee …

“Stronger NJ Business” Loans Available Starting July 1

June 14th, 2013 — On Wednesday, the Governor announced the creation of a new business loan program to assist businesses rebuilding after the storm.  Known as the Stronger NJ Business Loan Program, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) will administer the $100 million …

New Jersey’s Chief Economist Addresses Members

June 14th, 2013 — At this week’s Financial Decision Makers Roundtable meeting in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey’s top economist, Charles Steindel, shared his thoughts and views on New Jersey’s economy.  Mr. Steindel mentioned that New Jersey added 60,000 jobs in 2012, mainly in the …

EPA Survey Shows $384 Billion Needed for Drinking Water Infrastructure by 2030

June 7th, 2013 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released results of a survey showing that $384 billion in improvements are needed for the nation’s drinking water infrastructure through 2030 for systems to continue providing safe drinking water to 297 million Americans.  EPA’s …

Legislative Action

June 7th, 2013 — On Thursday, the New Jersey Legislature held several committee meetings to vote on key pieces of legislation.  In the Assembly Appropriations Committee, the Committee cleared A-4112 which would eliminate the 10% surcharge on employers Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax beginning in …

New Jersey Senate Seat in the Spotlight

June 7th, 2013 — The week began with the passing of United States Senator Frank Lautenberg, who served New Jersey for 30 years with distinction and honor.  Upon the news of his passing, the focus immediately shifted to who would replace him for the …

Former EPA Head, Lisa Jackson, Joins Apple, Inc.

May 31st, 2013 — Lisa Jackson, former EPA Administrator and former Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, has joined Apple Corporation in a newly created executive position to handle environmental matters.  Ms. Jackson hopes to take a “bite out” of Apple’s …

CIANJ Meets with Sandy Rebuilding Director

May 31st, 2013 — On Thursday, a small group of CIANJ members met with Marc-Philip Ferzan, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Recovery and Rebuilding, to discuss how our businesses can assist New Jersey in the rebuilding efforts.  Mr. Ferzan has been tasked …

Business & Legislative Leaders Meet One-on-One

May 31st, 2013 — The shortened work week began with the Bruce G. Siminoff Legislative One-on-One Dinner at Nanina’s In The Park where more than 100 business leaders met with legislative leaders from both sides of the aisle to discuss issues ranging from economic …

EPA Adds NJ Site To Superfund List

May 24th, 2013 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency added the Riverside Industrial Park in Newark, New Jersey to the Superfund National Priorities List of the country’s most hazardous waste sites. After a 2009 spill of oily material from the industrial park into the …

Trenton Week In Review

May 24th, 2013 — On Monday, the General Assembly voted favorably on A3680 (The New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013).  If enacted, this legislation will make available, $600 million for certain economic redevelopment projects, including residential projects.  The money will be distributed in …

Don’t Miss Out – Bruce G. Siminoff Legislative One-on-One Dinner

May 24th, 2013 — On Tuesday, May 28, CIANJ will be hosting the Bruce G. Siminoff  Legislative One-on-One Dinner at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville. Joining CIANJ as co-hosts this year will be the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJSCPA) and …

In Case You Missed It

May 16th, 2013 — Last week the Christie Administration launched a new online service to expedite permit applications.  The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) launched a series of new online services that will allow the public to electronically apply for various permits and licenses …

Labor Related Bills Clear Assembly Committee

May 16th, 2013 — The week began with a flurry of legislative committee meetings in Trenton, including the Assembly Labor committee which cleared a bill which would penalize any company that transfers its call centers overseas by disqualifying it from any tax credits or …

Saluting Small Businesses in New Jersey

May 16th, 2013 — NJ 101.5, along with PNC Bank, are saluting small businesses throughout NJ by recognizing them on the air.  If you have a small business or if you know of a business which should be recognized for the service they provide, …

Monday’s Legislative Agenda in Trenton

May 10th, 2013 — On Monday the Senate will be voting on a variety of bills found here.  Additionally, the Assembly Labor Committee and the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee will be taking testimony on the following bills found here and here.  One bill of …

DEP Commissioner Martin questioned by Assembly Budget Committee Members

May 10th, 2013 — On Thursday, DEP Commissioner Martin was questioned by members of the Assembly Budget Committee on a variety of issues.  Assemblyman John Burzichelli focused on permit and emission fees and the transfer of Spill Act funds, Assemblyman Troy Singleton asked whether …

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno Addresses Women of Influence honorees

May 10th, 2013 — More than 50 past honorees of CIANJ’s Women of Influence series gathered last Monday at Nanina’s In the Park for the first annual Chairman’s Reception. They were honored for their efforts and achievements in the areas of business, government and community outreach.  …

The Changing Landscape of Medical Education in New Jersey

May 3rd, 2013 — With the July 1 deadline fast approaching for the merger between Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Monday’s testimony of Rutgers President Barchi before for the Senate Budget Committee meeting in Trenton will …

Members Gather to Discuss Redevelopment Projects

May 3rd, 2013 — On Thursday, more than 100 members attended the Real Property Roundtable in Newark to hear about on-going and planned redevelopment projects in Newark, Fort Lee, Hackensack and Sayreville.  Representatives from Tucker Development, O’Neill Properties and Lombardo Companies discussed the obstacles …

Sandy Relief Dollars Now Available

May 3rd, 2013 — Businesses can now apply for recovery grants of up to $50,000 through a state program which was launched earlier this week with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA).  The program, called The Stronger New Jersey Business Grant Program, will …

Contributions to County Political Party Committees Down Significantly

April 26th, 2013 — In a report released this week by the Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), contributions to New Jersey’s County Political Party Committees (both Democratic and Republican) are down more than 29% from 4 years ago.  From January 1 through March 31 …

Economic Stimulus Legislation Clears Another Hurdle

April 26th, 2013 — Late Thursday afternoon, the Assembly Budget Committee cleared A-3680, also known as the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013, for a  full vote in the General Assembly.  If enacted, the legislation would consolidate 5 business incentive programs into 2 …

John Galandak appears on NJ Capitol Report

April 19th, 2013 — Sat. 5/4            NJTV   6:00AM Sat. 5/4            Thirteen8:30AM Sat. 5/4            NJTV   12:00PM Sat. 5/4            NJTV   6:30PM Sat. 5/4            FiOS1  6:30PM Sun. 5/5           NJTV  8:00AM Sun. 5/5           NJTV 11:00AM Sun. 5/5   …

NJDEP cuts red tape to help rebuilding

April 19th, 2013 — In an effort to expedite rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Sandy, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection is eliminating unnecessary red tape by enabling various types of projects to proceed under less cumbersome permit procedures, including permits by rule and general …

Trenton focuses on higher education

April 19th, 2013 — At Thursday’s Assembly Budget Committee meeting, the Secretary of Higher Education, Rochelle Hendricks, spoke about Higher Education’s proposed budget for FY14.  She was joined by Susan Cole, President of Montclair State University and Chair of the New Jersey President’s Council.   …

Legislators address members on healthcare matters

April 19th, 2013 — Earlier this week, Senators Sam Thompson, Gerald Cardinale and Assemblyman Erik Peterson discussed healthcare matters facing NJ residents and businesses at a PENPAC meeting at the CIANJ offices.  The discussion focused on issues and misperceptions surrounding the Affordable Care Act, …

Budget Hearings Continue in Trenton

April 11th, 2013 — April is the month to hear from the state agencies on their proposed FY 2014 budgets.  On April 10, representatives from the Economic Development Agency and the Department of Banking and Insurance testified on their budget proposals.  Representatives from the …

Assemblywoman Spencer Invites CIANJ to Share Environmental Concerns

April 11th, 2013 — Assemblywoman Grace Spencer, Chair of the Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Committee, invited the CIANJ to participate in a meeting on April 18 to hear about industry concerns on environmental matters.  Not only is the Assemblywoman interested in hearing about …

Red Tape Review Commission to Hear About Regulatory Burdens Associated with Rebuilding Efforts

April 11th, 2013 — On April 16, the Red Tape Review Commission will hear from the public on the regulatory burdens associated with rebuilding after Sandy.  CIANJ’s President, John Galandak, the only industry representative on the Commission, will be part of the discussion.  NJ’s …

PENPAC fundraising begins

April 5th, 2013 — Last week, several Trustees of PENPAC, the CIANJ’s political action committee, met at the CIANJ offices to begin outreach to members to raise funds for PENPAC.  The goal is to raise $100,000 this year to support candidates who share our …

CIANJ meets with NJ health Commissioner

April 5th, 2013 — Earlier this week, the CIANJ met with Commissioner Mary O’Dowd of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDOHSS) to discuss ways in which to strengthen the relationship between the NJDOHSS and CIANJ.  Commissioner O’Dowd was impressed with …

Legislation to Spur Economic Growth Held in Assembly Budget Committee

April 5th, 2013 — A-3680 – “The New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act of 2013” was held in the Assembly Budget Committee yesterday without a vote.  The bill’s sponsor, Assemblyman Albert Coutinho, testified about the need to resolve outstanding issues with the legislation prior to …

Senator Sam Thompson and Assemblyman Eric Peterson to speak at next PENPAC Legislative Roundtable

March 29th, 2013 — On April 17, PENPAC will be hosting a legislative roundtable discussion with Senator Sam Thompson and Assemblyman Erik Peterson at the CIANJ Office in Paramus to discuss healthcare issues in New Jersey.  With seats on the Senate Health, Human Services …

NJ state library helps businesses with free workshops

March 29th, 2013 — Beginning on April 2 and lasting through May 16, the New Jersey State Library will be hosting a series of free, 2 hour workshops at libraries throughout the state to assist small business owners and entrepreneurs with growing their businesses.  …

CIANJ Testifies Before Senate Committee on FY 2014 Proposed Budget

March 21st, 2013 — In its continuing support of the Governor’s proposed budget for FY 2014, the CIANJ testified before the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee earlier this week and urged the members to continue to push through the tax cuts and reforms the …

Labor Commissioner shares lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy

March 21st, 2013 — New Jersey’s Commissioner of the Department of Labor & Workforce Development, Hal Wirths, participated in a panel discussion with CIANJ members earlier this week to discuss experiences and lessons learned after Hurricane Sandy.  The Human Resources (HR) Roundtable, which drew …

Labor commissioner speaks at roundtable

March 15th, 2013 — Commissioner Harold Wirths of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development will be one of the guest speakers at Wednesday’s Human Resources Roundtable organized by CIANJ at the Hilton in Hasbrouck Heights. Wirths will be among a panel …

Council on Innovation

March 15th, 2013 — Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno announced the creation of the new “Council on Innovation” this week to strengthen the bonds between industry and New Jersey’s colleges and university. This new collaboration’s goal is to enhance the state’s economy and attract more …

Upbeat revenues

March 8th, 2013 — Good news from the treasurer’s department this week as data shows state revenues are up for the third straight month. Revenues totaled $1.8 billion in February – some $156 million ahead of the administration’s projections. Income tax accounted for the …

Lawmakers focus on the budget

March 8th, 2013 — PENPAC, the political arm of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey hosted a roundtable discussion this week on the new $33 billion state budget proposal. Sen. Paul Sarlo, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, and two leading …

CIANJ announces restructuring

March 1st, 2013 — The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ), one of the state’s premier business advocacy groups with headquarters in Paramus and an office in Trenton, announced this week it is expanding and restructuring its organization to better serve its …

Christie unveils $33 billion budget for 2014

March 1st, 2013 — Gov. Chris Christie submitted a $33 billion budget to the Legislature at a special session in the Statehouse this week, where he outlined his spending plan for fiscal 2014. The governor’s proposal continued to deliver on his pledge to ease …

Utilities plan infrastructure upgrades

February 22nd, 2013 — Two of New Jersey’s largest utilities, Public Service Electric & Gas and Jersey Central Power & Light, unveiled sweeping plans for extensive upgrades to their systems this week. The improvements are designed to protect the utilities from the effects of …

Christie to unveil budget

February 22nd, 2013 — Gov. Chris Christie will appear before a joint session of the state Senate and Assembly on Tuesday and propose his new budget for fiscal year 2014. CIANJ President John Galandak, a member of the governor’s Red Tape Review Commission, was …

Project Labor Agreements to expand

February 15th, 2013 — Business continued to get a shellacking in the Assembly this week as a bill expanding the scope of the Project Labor Agreements passed its final vote. CIANJ opposed the legislation sponsored by Senators Stephen Sweeney and Donald Norcross and Assemblymen …

Minimum wage goes on the ballot

February 15th, 2013 — Much to the dismay of the entire business community, the state Assembly voted to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that will ask voters to approve a $1 increase in the minimum wage, followed by yearly hikes determined …

Employers could get some relief

February 8th, 2013 — Employers should be breathing a little easier this morning since the Senate unanimously approved a measure to eliminate the 10 percent surcharge in the unemployment insurance taxes due in July. The bill was sponsored by Senators Fred Madden, the Democrat …

Minimum wage could be on the ballot

February 8th, 2013 — The Senate voted this week to allow a question on the November ballots, asking voters to approve a constitutional amendment, calling for an immediate $1 increase in the minimum wage, followed by annual adjustments tied to the consumer price index. …

Credit card surcharge quashed

February 1st, 2013 — News reports that New Jersey retailers would be adding on a surcharge every time they swiped a customer’s credit card set off alarm bells this week, as fears rose that our state’s competitiveness would be taking another hit. As it …

Action on minimum wage

February 1st, 2013 — Gov. Chris Christie issued a conditional veto earlier this week on the minimum wage bill sponsored by the leaders of the Legislature. The governor rejected the 17 percent wage increase outlined in the bill and, instead, recommended an alternative that …

FEMA and SBA extend deadlines

January 25th, 2013 — Residents and businesses that suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy now have until March 1 to file an application for disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The original deadline had been Jan. 30. The FEMA application is required as …

Gov issues new building rules for post-Sandy construction

January 25th, 2013 — Gov. Chris Christie issued new standards for building height elevations – a critical step in the post-Sandy rebuilding effort. The standards follow the recommendations of the state Department of Environmental Protection and are expected to comply with the rules of …

Jan. 30 deadline for SBA loan applications

January 18th, 2013 — The Governor’s Office of Recovery & Rebuilding issued a notice today stressing Jan. 30 is the deadline for all U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loan applications. Nearly 130,000 individuals (homeowners, property owners, and renters) have registered with FEMA for assistance …

Legislative updates

January 18th, 2013 — The Legislature is in high gear since returning after the New Year’s holiday. Committees in the Assembly and Senate are tackling an array of bills that have consequences for the business community. Here is an update on several key measures: …

Bill eases unemployment insurance taxes

January 11th, 2013 — CIANJ plans on supporting a bill that will be heard on Monday in the Senate Labor Committee that eases the unemployment tax burden for employers. The legislation (S2404) has bipartisan support and is sponsored by Sen. Fred Madden, chair of …

Businesses asked to complete survey

January 11th, 2013 — As one of the first steps in rebuilding New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie asked Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey to help distribute a survey to small businesses impacted by Hurricane Sandy. A remarkable portion of the state’s business …

Budget update

January 4th, 2013 — The budget analyst from the Office of Legislative Services updated the Senate Budget Committee this week, supplying reports that show state revenue is lagging $451 million behind the targets for this year. David Rosen, budget director at the OLS, based …

Project Labor Agreements extended

January 4th, 2013 — Despite objections from business groups and contractors’ associations, the state Senate Budget Committee released a bill sponsored by Senate President Steve Sweeney that would extend “Project Labor Agreements” to formerly exempt public works construction projects such as highways, bridges, pumping …

Lisa Jackson resigns from EPA

December 28th, 2012 — Lisa Jackson announced she is resigning as administrator of the federal Environmental Protection Agency – fueling speculation that she might be considering a challenge to Gov. Chris Christie in his re-election bid in November. A former commissioner of the New …

Revenue forecast

December 28th, 2012 — The state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee invited State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff and David Rosen, the budget expert from the Office of Legislative Services, to update the members on revenue projections for 2013. The state’s two finance titans are scheduled …

No compromise in sight

December 21st, 2012 — All eyes were on Morris County this week as Gov. Chris Christie and the Senate sparred over the top law enforcement post there. Christie had grown tired of the Senate’s refusal to act on his nominee for county prosecutor, Frederic …

Booker booked on Gov race

December 21st, 2012 — Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s decision to forego the governor’s race in 2013 must have left many state Democrats feeling like Santa shortchanged them this holiday season. Booker has the personal charisma and rich backers that would make him a potent …

Plastic bag tax proposed

December 14th, 2012 — Sen. Bob Smith, chairman of the Senate Environmental Committee, is again targeting plastic bags in bill that would make consumers pay a 5-cent tax for every bag they use.  The legislation is reportedly modeled after an ordinance in Washington, D.C. …

Assembly set to vote on minimum wage

December 14th, 2012 — The Assembly scheduled a vote for Monday on a constitutional amendment that would ask voters to approve a minimum wage increase to $8.25 an hour and allow for annual adjustments tied to changes in the consumer price index. Despite warnings …

Coutinho discusses economic development

December 7th, 2012 — Assemblyman Albert Coutinho, chairman of the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee, was welcomed by the CIANJ this week as he discussed the challenges New Jersey faces rebuilding from Superstorm Sandy. Coutinho said across the state residents and elected officials …

Health exchange bill vetoed

December 7th, 2012 — Gov. Chris Christie faulted the federal government as he vetoed legislation that would have established state-run health exchanges – one of the main components of the Affordable Care Act. The governor said there was not enough information provided about what …

CIANJ trek to D.C.

November 30th, 2012 — CIANJ members make their annual trip to Capitol Hill this week and met with the NJ delegation to impress upon them the concerns of the business community. This year’s participants included CEOs, accountants, educators, attorneys, government affairs specialists, retail merchants …

Minimum wage bill approved

November 30th, 2012 — The state Senate voted 23-16 on Thursday to approve a 17 percent increase in the minimum wage, despite objections from CIANJ and its colleagues. The business coalition asserted that the new $8.50 hourly rate will drive up labor costs and …

Business owner eligible for disaster benefits

November 16th, 2012 — If your business was shuttered by Hurricane Sandy, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits from the Disaster Unemployment Assistance program, administered through the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development. As corporate officers, business owners are not ordinarily eligible …

Minimum wage on Senate hearing agenda

November 16th, 2012 — Minimum wage will be before the state Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee again on Monday when lawmakers debate whether to approve a 17 percent increase — plus annual adjustments tied to inflation. Just last month the committee released a similar …

Building our Future bond approved

November 9th, 2012 — Voters overwhelmingly (62 percent) approved the $750 million bond question to finance construction of classrooms, laboratories and libraries at state colleges and universities. It marks the first time in 24 years that the state agreed to invest in higher education. …

Tax deadline extended

November 9th, 2012 — Businesses still reeling from Hurricane Sandy now have until Nov. 14 to file their taxes, after Gov. Chris Christie agreed to extended the deadline for affected businesses. State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff ordered the Division of Taxation to grant hardship waivers …

Minimum wage update

October 25th, 2012 — An unprecedented constitutional amendment for minimum wage moved closer to reality this week when the Senate Labor Committee held a public hearing on the issue – a requirement for getting the question on the ballot in November, 2013. A coalition …

CIANJ welcomes Lt. Gov. Guadagno

October 25th, 2012 — Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is the keynote speaker at the Commerce and Industry Association’s annual luncheon and meeting today at the Hilton in Woodcliff Lake. More than 500 business executives are scheduled to attend as CIANJ celebrates its 85th anniversary …

“Building Our Future” bond question

October 19th, 2012 — CIANJ President John Galandak encouraged voters to approve a $750 million bond ordinance to help state colleges when he participated in a special tour on the campus of William Paterson University this week. The university organized the tour to showcase …

Minimum wage increase eyed

October 19th, 2012 — CIANJ joined with a coalition of business groups speaking out against a push in the Senate to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot next year that would increase minimum wage to $8.25 and establish automatic annual hikes tied to …

Health exchange bill revisited

October 12th, 2012 — CIANJ testified before the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee this week in opposition to A3186 – the latest version of bill designed to create health exchanges in New Jersey – the online markets where consumers and employers will buy …

“Building Our Future” bond rally

October 12th, 2012 — CIANJ lent its support this week to a coalition of schools, business groups, elected officials and trade unions that launched a campaign to rally voter approval for a $750 million bond sale to pay for new classrooms, libraries and laboratories …

Recap of Legislative Action

October 5th, 2012 — The business community kept a watchful eye on the Statehouse this week as action was taken on several bills of special interest, including (S1494) The Senate Labor Committee voted 3-2 to release the bill despite objections from the business sector …

Red Tape roundtable

October 5th, 2012 — CIANJ’s conference room was packed with executives this week eager to hear from three members of the state Red Tape Review Commission, state Sen. Steve Oroho and Assemblymen John Burzichelli and Scott Rumana. “We’re looking for a road map of …

Permit extension, LLC bills approved

September 28th, 2012 — Gov. Chris Christie recently signed into law two bills that the business community was anxious to see finalized. The new laws will upgrade statutes regarding limited liability corporations and extend the building permits for projects that had been stalled in …

CIANJ applauds state Supreme Court decision

September 28th, 2012 — The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey applauded the state Supreme Court’s unanimous decision this week upholding the fundamental principle that a cause and connection must be proven before a business can be held liable for pollution-related damages. “CIANJ …

PENPAC endorses DeCroce, Lovett

September 21st, 2012 — District 26 Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce and Shelley Lovett, a challenger in the District 4 Assembly race, were endorsed by PENPAC this week as the most business-minded candidates in the special elections. “Assemblywoman DeCroce and Ms. Lovett are working to …

Facebook faceoff

September 21st, 2012 — Proposed legislation that would prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their social networking accounts moved closer to becoming law yesterday, despite concerns that it could open the floodgates to a new breed of lawsuit. The Assembly sponsors of the …

PENPAC endorses Asw. Simon

September 14th, 2012 — PENPAC (Private Enterprise Political Action Committee) today announced it is endorsing Assemblywoman Donna Simon in her campaign for the District 16 Assembly seat in November’s special election. PENPAC is the political affiliate of CIANJ. Tomi Gerber, the Vice President of …

Red Tape Roundtable at CIANJ

September 14th, 2012 — Three members of the Red Tape Commission, Sen. Steve Oroho and Assemblymen Scott Rumana and John Burzichelli, agreed to take part in a breakfast roundtable at CIANJ headquarters in Paramus on Oct. 2. Business leaders are encouraged to bring their …

Newark mayor at DNC

September 7th, 2012 — Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a possible candidate for governor in 2013, put New Jersey in the national spotlight at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte with his speech this week. As co-chair of the DNC platform committee, Booker focused on …

Sen. Lesniak suffers minor stroke

August 30th, 2012 — State Sen. Ray Lesniak (District 20) suffered a minor stroke after  playing a round of golf last week.  The 66 year-old legislator experienced balance issues, and other problems while driving home,  according to news reports. As symptoms became more severe, …

Christie gives keynote at GOP convention

August 30th, 2012 — New Jersey enjoyed the spotlight at the Republican National Convention this week as Gov. Chris Christie delivered the keynote speech. Christie began by citing the improbability of his speech. “A New Jersey Republican delivering the keynote address to our national …

Christie signs college merger bill

August 23rd, 2012 — Against all odds, a restructuring of New Jersey’s universities became a reality this week when Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill merging parts of Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. The new plan gives …

Rible hosts business breakfast at CIANJ

August 23rd, 2012 — Assemblyman David Rible, the GOP Conference Leader, and three of his Assembly colleagues from both sides of the aisle listened to the concerns of business leaders during a breakfast at CIANJ headquarters in Paramus this week. More than 45 business …

Building a coalition

August 16th, 2012 — Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Sen. Tom Kean called together New Jersey leaders in business, labor and higher education to ask their support in winning voter approval of a $750 million bond sale to build new classrooms, libraries and other …

Christie gives keynote at GOP convention

August 16th, 2012 — Gov. Chris Christie will be in the national spotlight with more than 20 million viewers tuning in to his keynote speech on Aug. 28 at the Republican National Convention, where Mitt Romney will formally receive his party’s nomination to run …

Bond sale on the ballot

August 9th, 2012 — Education was the focus of action in Trenton this week as Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill putting a $750 million bond sale for higher education on the November ballot. If voters approve the referendum, the state’s colleges, research institutions …

Teacher tenure reform

August 9th, 2012 — Months of intense negotiations succeeded in producing a tenure reform bill that education advocacy groups, teachers’ unions, business and elected officials all endorsed. Gov. Chris Christie signed the Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the Children of New Jersey Act (TEACHNJ) …

Solar energy boost

August 2nd, 2012 — Gov. Chris Christie recently signed legislation designed to resuscitate the ailing solar energy market. The bill expands the mandate on how much of New Jersey’s electricity should come from solar systems. New Jersey has more than 15,000 solar installations – …

DEP launches waiver program

August 2nd, 2012 — Four applications for waivers were submitted to the state Department of Environmental Protection on Aug. 1 — the first day of the new program that allows Commissioner Bob Martin to make exceptions to rules and regulations on a case-by-case basis. …

Franzini leaving EDA

July 26th, 2012 — Caren Franzini, the highly regarded head of the state’s Economic Development Authority, announced this week she is resigning and will end her 18-year tenure as chief executive officer on Sept. 30. Business leaders said they will sorely miss Franzini, whose …

Garrett speaks out against Affordable Care Act

July 26th, 2012 — U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett told a packed meeting of CIANJ’s Healthcare Roundtable this week that the Affordable Care Act is a job killer and a “full assault against our economic recovery.” The congressman from Sussex County said the federal reform …

Christie in line to deliver GOP keynote

July 19th, 2012 — Speculation is rampant that Gov. Chris Christie will be delivering the keynote speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa next month. If it proves true, it would be a coup for Christie, who has been honing his oratory skills …

Solomon likely high court nominee

July 19th, 2012 — Lee Solomon, a Superior Court judge and one-time assemblyman, prosecutor and head of the Board of Public Utilities, is being touted as a likely nominee for the New Jersey Supreme Court. Gov. Chris Christie said he would submit a new …

Lawmakers’ summer schedule

July 12th, 2012 — The Senate apparently has just taken a short breather and plans to reconvene in a series of sessions later this summer. The sudden calendar items are fueling speculation that the Senate will be interviewing a state Supreme Court nominee during …

Red Tape looks at bidding laws

July 12th, 2012 — The state’s procurement process and the rules governing the way public contracts are bid will be the subject of next week’s Red Tape Review Commission hearing at The College of New Jersey in Ewing on Tuesday. CIANJ President John Galandak, …

Voters will have their say on education bonds

July 5th, 2012 — After 24 years it looks like New Jersey is finally ready to ask its voters to approve a bond sale for improvements to state colleges and universities. CIANJ supported the bill that will put the $750 million bond sale on …

Higher education reorganized

July 5th, 2012 — A plan to create a new Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences emerged from the Legislature after a series of marathon sessions. The intricate 100-page bill lays out a complex reorganization of major state institutions that will result in …

Solar and permit extension bills approved

June 29th, 2012 — Two bills at the top of the business community’s priority list were passed this week in the Legislature. The bills extend state development permits to 2014 and support the solar energy market. The solar bill expands the state requirement for …

Legislature passes $31.7 billion budget

June 29th, 2012 — Everyone in Trenton is holding their breath waiting for what Gov. Chris Christie will do with the $31.7 billion budget the Legislature put on his desk that sets aside $183 million for a tax cut but does not say when …

LLC statutes updated

June 22nd, 2012 — In the final push before the summer recess, both houses of the state Legislature overwhelmingly passed the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, which provides a much-needed update to the laws on LLCs. It has been 17 years since New …

Budget showdown

June 22nd, 2012 — The Democrat majority in the state Legislature drafted an alternative budget proposal that provides a tax cut – if state revenues hit their mark in December. Gov. Chris Christie scoffed at the delay and said the move sends “a loud …

Support the Opportunity Scholarship Act

June 15th, 2012 — A well educated and reliable workforce is a key to economic growth and that’s one of the reasons why CIANJ supports the Opportunity Scholarship Act (OSA). This innovative legislation offers away to rescue students from failing school districts and help …

Record job growth

June 15th, 2012 — Gov. Chris Christie announced New Jersey added 17,600 jobs in May – the largest single month of job gains in the past seven years and 25 percent of all the jobs created across the nation in the last month. “The …

Pascrell wins primary

June 6th, 2012 — Eight-term Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. triumphed over his former ally, Rep. Steve Rothman, to win the Democratic nod in the bitter and expensive 9th District race. The two incumbents faced off against each other when the new congressional district map …

Environmental leaders speak

June 6th, 2012 — Assemblywomen L. Grace Spencer, a Democrat form Hudson County, and Holly Schepisi, a Republican from Bergen County, participated in a lively discussion of environmental issues this week, which was sponsored by PENPAC, the political affiliate of CIANJ. The new “waiver …

Amazon Reaches Sales Tax Compromise

June 1st, 2012 — Starting next July, when New Jersey residents buy from the online giant, Amazon.com, they will be charged the state’s 7 percent sales taxes. The move is expected to bring in more than $30 million in revenues for the state. Amazon …

Senate Action

June 1st, 2012 — On one hand, CIANJ was pleased the Senate held the waiver rule resolution, but it was frustrating that there was no action Thursday on the permit extension bill. CIANJ is anxiously awaiting the Aug. 1 start of the new waiver …

Assembly passes minimum wage hike

May 25th, 2012 — After two hours of debate, a bill that will increase New Jersey’s minimum wage by 17 percent to $8.50 an  hour  was passed  in the Assembly by a 46-33vote  along party lines. CIANJ strongly opposed the bill (A2161) in committee …

Christie committed to tax cut

May 25th, 2012 — State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff told state lawmakers this week that the administration remains committed to a 10 percent income tax cut as he outlined Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to plug the budget gap created by lagging revenues. The treasurer said the tax cut …

It’s all in the name

May 18th, 2012 — By incorporating Rutgers into Rowan University’s name, officials are hoping they have hit on a compromise that will salvage the plans to merge the Camden campus of Rutgers University with Rowan. The compromise that university officials and state lawmakers worked …

Revenues lag behind projections

May 18th, 2012 — Trenton’s till is $230 million lighter than expected this month as revenue projections failed to meet estimates — raising questions about whether New Jersey can afford any of the tax cut plans that are being discussed. The treasury department reported …

CIANJ is “amicus” to Supreme Court

May 11th, 2012 — CIANJ was granted special status as “amicus curiae” in what could be a precedent-setting case before the state Supreme Court. Our attorneys joined in arguments this week on behalf of a  small family-run laundromat facing a huge liability. Keith Lynott …

Christie vetoes health exchange bill

May 11th, 2012 — Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the health benefit exchange bill, saying it makes more sense for New Jersey to wait until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the federal health reforms before taking this critical step. New Jersey won’t have to …

Christie nominates Bagger to Port Authority

May 4th, 2012 — Richard Bagger left the Christie administration five months ago to return to private industry. But Gov. Chris Christie continues to lean on his old ally, nominating him to the board of commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and …

CIANJ launches new website

May 4th, 2012 — In celebrating its 85th Anniversary, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey launched a new dynamic website designed to provide business with the tools needed to grow and flourish in New Jersey. Explore www.cianj.org and find its many user-friendly features: …

Red Tape focuses on energy

April 27th, 2012 — The Red Tape Review Commission continued its hearings this week with a session in Cherry Hill, where officials from the state Board of Public Utilities, Department of Transportation and the Department of Environmental Protection made presentations. The focus of the …

Budget hearings continue

April 27th, 2012 — Budget hearings continued to consume the Legislature’s schedule this week, as Assembly Budget Committee Chairman Vincent Prieto examined Gov. Chris Christie’s proposal to reorganize the state’s colleges and universities. Prieto questioned Higher Education Commissioner Rochelle Hendricks about the cost of …

LSRP credentials discussed

April 20th, 2012 — Dave Sweeney, an assistant commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection, met with 40 members of CIANJ’s Environmental Business Council in an exclusive luncheon hosted by the McCarter & English law firm this week and said the new licensed …

Revenues up

April 20th, 2012 — State revenues are on track to meet projections, according to information provided by the Department of Treasury this week. A treasury report showed there was a 3.6 percent increase in tax collection over the same time last year. The revenue …

CIANJ President interviewed on NJ Today

April 13th, 2012 — John Galandak, president of Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, was interviewed by NJ Today news anchor Mike Schneider this week about the tax credits offered to businesses that relocate and expand in the Garden State. Watch the broadcast. …

Assembly to use subpoena power

April 13th, 2012 — The Assembly Transportation Committee voted along party lines this week to exert its power to issue subpoenas demanding information from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on the toll hike enacted this year. Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who …

Special elections in 3 districts

April 6th, 2012 — Three Assembly seats will be on the ballot as special elections this fall. The contests will take place in District 4, 16 and 26. Incumbent Gabriela Mosquera will face Republican challenger, Shelley Lovett, in the District 4 race in South …

Budget hearings blitz

April 6th, 2012 — A sure sign of spring in Trenton is the proliferation of budget hearings in the Assembly and Senate. Throughout April and May, state legislators will be scrutinizing the $32 billion budget proposal submitted by Gov. Chris Christie. All the commissioners …

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