New Jersey Jewish Business Alliance members began a day of advocacy by meeting with state Senate President Steve Sweeney and talking about the state’s high taxes. Next, the group went to the State House annex for lunch with members of the legislature, including Assemblymen Robert Auth, Anthony Bucco, Clinton Calabrese, Jamel Holley, and Gordon Johnson, and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle. The conversation centered on challenges facing New Jersey businesses. The day culminated with a meeting at the governor’s office between NJJBA members and Deborah Cornavaca, the governor’s deputy chief of staff. Topics discussed included the minimum wage, taxes, opportunity zones, and incentives for growing businesses.
Ted Zangari, chair of real estate department at Sills Cummis & Gross, said, “Today’s event confirmed for our members that politics is not a spectator sport. When it comes to policymaking, if you are not at the table, you are on the menu. Today, NJJBA was literally at the table in Trenton.”
“Meeting with such high-ranking people in the state government gave us a unique opportunity to talk to them about our business concerns.” said Eric Margules, president and CEO of Margules Properties.