Gov. Phil Murphy will headline the Walk to Washington dinner reception next week in the nation’s capital, according to the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, the annual event’s organizer.
Murphy attended the previous two years, though his predecessor, former Gov. Chris Christie, has made a point at times not to attend. This year’s event runs Feb. 27 and 28.
“The walk features the kind of super-networking that helps businesses grow,” Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Bracken said in a Thursday statement. “That is why we have been doing it for 83 years. It is New Jersey’s biggest business event of the year.”
The governor will present his keynote speech hours after the privately-chartered, 20-car Amtrak train arrives in Washington, D.C., bringing some of the state’s most prominent businesses and political figureheads in both the public and private sector.
As per tradition, the most senior member of Congress – U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-4th District, who served since 1981 – will also provide evening remarks. Also added to the list of scheduled speakers at the 83rd annual Congressional Dinner Thursday are U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker. Murphy used last year’s keynote address to tease at several key points of his upcoming budget. This time around, the governor will have already presented his budget days earlier on Feb. 25.
The Chamber Train leaves the station Feb. 27, and our coverage begins in the Feb. 24 issue with a preview of the trip. It continues on the train with the NJBIZ Podcast; if you’re riding, stop by car No. 2 to meet members of our staff.
- Building relationships: Some of the state’s top economic development officials are boarding this year’s train
- Better environment: NJ’s top lawmaker on #MeToo issues endorses the Walk
- Bring your own food: Scheduling conflict prompts NJRHA to send its sincere regrets
- Stronger ties: A Genova Burns partner works to solidfy connections
- Back to basics: Gellman Images’ founder looks forward to in-person meetings
- Sharper focus: CSG’s Dennis Toft thinks NJCC’s moves will make this year’s event even more useful
- First-time walker: NJMEP’s CEO on the benefits of the Walk to Washington
The annual Walk has been behest by questions over how the Chamber has handled sexual harassment at the event following an NJ Advance Media report, and the Chamber has responded by ramping up many of its policies surrounding harassment.
Editor’s Note: Upated at 7:15 a.m. on Feb 21, 2020 to reflect that Sens. Menendez and Booker will also be providing remarks at the dinner.