Among the many developments during the last leg of the trip included a Memorandum of Understanding between BioNJ and Taiwan BIO to support life sciences companies in New Jersey and Taiwan.
Choose NJ, which coordinated, financed and organized the trip, will establish its fifth international office in the country — creating an "once-in-a-generation opportunity to unleash unprecedented growth and prosperity for both New Jersey and the Asia-Pacific region, especially Taiwan," according to the governor.
Garden State Initiative President Regina Egea cautioned that latest figures forecast economic storm clouds gathering over the Garden State in the months ahead.
Marita Sciarrotta began her career with the office in high school, working part time performing clerical work. Most recently, she served as deputy director of the unit.
“Tonight, we are gathered here to honor people who have helped New Jersey gain some recognition over the years,” said New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Bracken at the biannual Legislative and Business Awards Reception. “There’s a lot of good news going around New Jersey right now.”
“As we face a new century of challenges and opportunities, we have a historic opportunity to take our partnership to new heights. And I believe there is no better partner for Japan than New Jersey," Gov. Phil Murphy said during the first leg of the trip.
“As a result of this legislation, and in partnership with the Department of the Treasury and chambers of commerce across the state, the [New Jersey Business Action Center] will continue to help ensure that all New Jerseyans – including minority, women, and veteran business owners – are best positioned to reap the full benefits of our growing economy," said acting Gov. Tahesha Way.
Funded and coordinated by Choose New Jersey and led by Gov. Phil Murphy, the trip kicked off in Japan with key developments already taking place.
According to state Labor Commissioner Robert Asaro-Angelo, “We identified the most common pieces keeping claims from moving forward, and we created tools to help claimants and our agents reach a resolution quicker so workers can get all the benefits they’re due in a more timely manner.”
Gov. Phil Murphy and MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle were just two of the distinguished guests at the annual event, which was organized around the theme of “The Future Belongs to Those Who Build it."
"Newark is a family," Mayor Ras Baraka said at the event. "When you come to Newark, you are part of a larger ecosystem that exists to help you succeed.”
“Enormous amounts of financial relief went to those Americans who were struggling with this unprecedented pandemic, but, sadly, a number of people saw this difficult time as an opportunity to enrich themselves illicitly,” said U.S Attorney Philip Sellinger.