Focusing on What Matters – CIANJ Meets With Trenton’s Leaders
October 4th, 2019
The week began with CIANJ attending Gov. Murphy’s “fireside chat” at Rowan University where he talked about his vision for our economy and reflected on his accomplishments over the last two years. Murphy talked about his vision to grow our innovation economy by attracting and retaining a highly skilled labor force and attracting entrepreneurs who want to start a business. Murphy announced a $3 million initiative to promote New Jersey as a place to do business, the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between NJEDA and NJDOT to focus on urban transit hubs and extending film tax credits. He also reiterated the need to revamp the state’s tax incentives.
The week ended with CIANJ leadership meeting with Gov. Murphy’s Chief of Staff, George Helmy, one-on-one in Trenton to discuss CIANJ’s priorities and concerns for our economy. CIANJ raised the concern that more and more businesses are choosing to leave New Jersey and that now is the time for Trenton to focus on retaining and attracting all private sector jobs and not just a specific industry. CIANJ stressed the need to have a vibrant and meaningful tax incentive program, the need to be involved in the legislative and regulatory process and the need to focus on improving our roads and infrastructure.