Sweeney Meets with NJBIA to Discuss Challenges Facing the Business Community


Sweeney Meets with NJBIA to Discuss Challenges Facing the Business Community


Trenton – To ensure the Legislature is meeting the needs of the business community to the best of its ability, Senate President Steve Sweeney met with the New Jersey Business & Industry Association to discuss the challenges they are facing due to the ongoing economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.


“It is crucial that we continue to work with business leaders across the state to address the challenges they are facing as a result of the pandemic and to understand what we can do in the Legislature to help them,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “Today’s meeting offered meaningful insights into their most pressing issues and brought to light ways we can better assist them to ensure that our business community comes out of this crisis stronger than before.”


The panel included Michele N. Siekerka, President and CEO of the NJBIA; Chrissy Buteas, Chief Government Affairs Officer of the NJBIA; Michael J. Smith, President of Berkeley College; Bernard T. Corrigan, President of IBEW Local 102; Mitch Livingston, President & CEO of NJM Insurance Company; Ralph A. LaRossa, President & COO of PSEG; Richard Bagger, Executive Director & Partner of Christie 55 Solutions; and Gary R. Stockbridge, President of Atlantic City Electric and Delmarva Power.


“We thank Senate President Sweeney for joining our Business Roundtable today to discuss the issues facing businesses in the New Jersey during these very difficult times,” said Michele N. Siekerka, President and CEO of the NJBIA. “The challenges confronting our job creators are the result of both the pandemic and overall economic climate – yet we find the business community continues to encounter new mandates, costs and taxes. We believe the Senate President’s reform agenda is a way to tackle some of New Jersey’s fiscal challenges and we appreciate the discussion today on how those much-needed reforms can be advanced.”


The New Jersey Business and Industry Association provides information, services and advocacy to its member companies to build a more prosperous New Jersey.

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