During the NJJBA’s day of advocacy, members met with Senator Cory Booker, praised NJJBA members for employing so many workers. He talked to them about soon-to-be established opportunity zones, new business incentives in low-income neighborhoods that help to create jobs.
The group also met with Senator Menendez’ senior staff at the Senate Hart Office Building to talk about transportation, trade, and taxes. Members thanked Mr. Menendez for his advocacy for New Jersey and its Jewish citizens.
The group had lunch with members of New Jersey’s delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives, where the conversation centered on challenges facing New Jersey businesses. Representatives at the lunch included Leonard Lance (R-Dist. 7), Tom MacArthur (R-Dist. 3), Josh Gottheimer (D-Dist. 5), and Bill Pascrell (D-Dist. 9). The group also met with staff for representatives Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Dist. 12), Donald Norcross (D-Dist. 1), Chris Smith (R-Dist. 4), and Frank Pallone (D-Dist. 7).
Nathan Herzog, president of Royal Wine Corp., who was the NJJBA’s mission co-chair, summarized the day in Washington: “Seeing the high regard that the Alliance is treated with by the highest levels of government is a testament to the strong unified voice that the NJJBA created.” He added, “If you are not a member of the Alliance yet, this is the time for you to sign up to have us assist you at the local, state and federal levels of government.”