Nonprofit Choose New Jersey, which markets the state’s businesses nationwide and abroad, will host a four-day economic mission across Israel next week—though this endeavor will not include Gov. Phil Murphy, as it did in 2018.
The trip, which is scheduled for Feb. 10 through Feb. 13, will take a 15-member delegation of the state’s business officials to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and feature meetings with key industry figures in economic sectors such as “cybersecurity, UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles), technology, life sciences and health care industries.”
Choose New Jersey paid for the week-long trip to Israel and Germany in 2018, and another trip to India the next year.
“Choose New Jersey is looking forward to returning to Israel with an academic and business delegation to attract more businesses to our state and forge new collaborations,” Choose NJ President and Chief Executive Officer Jose Lozano said Friday in a statement.
The delegation will include New Brunswick Development Corp. President Chris Paladino; Hackensack Meridian Health Chief Strategy Officer James Blazar; Donald Sebastian, president of the New Jersey Innovation Institute and senior vice president of technology and business development at the New Jersey Institute of Technology; Public Service Enterprise Group Chief Information Security Officer Gurdeep Kaur; and Diane Reynolds, a partner at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP.
“New Jersey is the ideal location for international businesses to plant their flag and we welcome innovative Israeli companies that are looking to grow in the United States,” Lozano added.
The delegation will also feature representatives from Princeton University, Rowan University and Rutgers University, as well as several Murphy administration staff: Jared Maples who heads New Jersey’s homeland security office, and Andrew Gross, the executive director of the New Jersey-Israel Commission.d