New Jersey Chamber of Commerce


The New Jersey Express to D.C. 

Attracts 800 Business Leaders,

More than 40 Legislators, 25 Reporters

and the Nation's Most Prominent Governor   

Gov. Christie at the 75th Annual Congressional Dinner
Gov. Chris Christie is flanked by New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Chairman Jeff Scheininger (left) and Chamber President and CEO Tom Bracken at the 75th Annual Congressional Dinner. (Photo by Russ DeSantis)


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"The year really does not begin until the Chamber dinner in Washington"

                                               - Gov. Chris Christie             


The 75th Annual Walk to Washington and Congressional Dinner on Jan. 26 and 27 brought to Washington a who's who of New Jersey business and government leaders, all of whom participated in what The Star-Ledger called the Walk to Washington's "time-honored exercise in extreme networking."


The festivities began as the Chamber's chartered Amtrak rolled through New Jersey, picking up hundreds of guests along the way. The trip hit a crescendo when the train reached the nation's capital and more than 800 guests gathered at the Marriott Wardman Park for the Congressional Dinner and a keynote address by Gov. Chris Christie.


Gov. Christie suggested the Chamber's annual Congressional Dinner - and its keynote speech - is like a state of the state address for New Jersey's economy. "Tonight is always a point of marking for the business community of our state," Gov. Christie said in his address. "The year really does not begin until the Chamber dinner in Washington when we gather together to review the last year and to look ahead - at least now - hopefully with promise to what New Jersey's future can once again be."


The activities in Washington included an exhibit by the New Jersey Hall of Fame; music by New Jersey artists; and an insightful reporters' roundtable with some of the state's top working journalists.

A special thanks to our guests; Congressmen Chris Smith, Rodney Frelinghuysen and Leonard Lance; our state legislators; and Gov. Christie and his cabinet members for attending.


The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce invited business people from across the state to ride the Chamber's train to Washington and attend the Congressional Dinner as a way to show support for the state's pro-growth agenda.



Everybody is Talking about the Walk to Washington


"A time-honored exercise in extreme networking" 

          - The Star-Ledger

Read News Coverage:


Chamber of Commerce Train Leaves N.J. for Annual Walk to Washington Event

-The Star-Ledger 


Christie appeals to business for support at chamber dinner


Christie pushes tax-cut plan in Washington speech to N.J. business advocates

-The (Bergen) Record


State Chamber of Commerce train ride marks 75th year

-Asbury Park Press


Dems Distracting with 'social issues,' Christie says

-The Philadelphia Inquirer


Christie Pushes Income-Tax Cut as Democrats Take Aim at Property Levies



Christie touts jobs over social issues to New Jersey business leaders during annual dinner

-Press of Atlantic City


Chris Christie Speech to Cap Annual New Jersey Political Train Ride

-Huffington Post


NJTV Report (At the Dinner)


NJTV Report (On the Train)


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