The New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce

September 27, 2011


N.J. Chamber's Legislative Awards Reception
Is a Big Winner in Atlantic City

2011 NJ Chamber Legislative and Business Award Winners
(Photos by Russ DeSantis Photography & Video, LLC)

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's Legislative Awards Reception was a success with 150 guests, including Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, descending on Atlantic City to honor four legislators and three members of Gov. Chris Christie's economic development team – all of whom have gone above and beyond to help recharge New Jersey's business climate. Local news media also joined us and links to their coverage is below.

The event, held on the sixth floor of Bally's Atlantic City's Diamond Lounge, featured food, cocktails and a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean. It turned into a pep rally for Trenton leaders of both parties to work together and pave the way for more economic development and jobs in the Garden State.

"These are not Democratic ideas or Republican ideas," said Senate President Stephen Sweeney, an award recipient and a Democrat. "We need to create an environment where businesses want to be here. We have a lot of work to do."

"As the New Jersey Chamber says, 'Our business is your business.' That should be our motto in Trenton, added award recipient Assemblyman Jon M. Bramnick, a Republican.

The four winners of the Legislative Awards were:

  • Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney (D-3 / Gloucester, Salem and Cumberland Counties)
  • Senator Steven V. Oroho (R-24 / Sussex, Morris and Hunterdon Counties)
  • Assemblyman Albert Coutinho (D-29 / Essex and Union Counties)
  • Assemblyman Jon M. Bramnick (R-21 / Union, Somerset, Morris and Essex Counties)

The three winners of the Chamber's Business Advocacy Award were:

  • Caren Franzini, CEO of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority
  • Linda Kellner, executive director of the state's Business Action Center
  • Tracye McDaniel, CEO of Choose New Jersey, whose award was accepted by John Bigelow, President of New Jersey American Water, who serves on the board of Choose New Jersey.

The Business Advocacy Awards were presented by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, who praised the three women and the members of the state's business community.

"The people needed to return New Jersey to the New Jersey that created the light bulb are in this room right now," Guadagno said.

"New Jersey is a place people want to do business again," she added. "More than 50,000 private-sector jobs were created (in New Jersey) in this seven-month period and for that," she said, "you all need to be thanked."

This year is the centennial anniversary of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce. The winners of last night's awards were presented crystal sculptures depicting a light bulb in honor of Thomas A. Edison, one of the Chamber's founding members, and in honor of the innovative spirit in New Jersey.

Click here for photos in The Press of Atlantic City


See Media coverage:

N.J. chamber honors state lawmakers in Atlantic City (The Press of Atlantic City)
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno Helps Honor Legislators & Business Advocates in A.C. (NBC40 Atlantic City) Release summarizing the winner's achievements (New Jersey Chamber of Commerce)