NJJBA goes to Washington

NJJBA goes to Washington

The New Jersey Jewish Business Alliance recently sent a delegation of 10 to Washington to meet with congressional representatives and high-level officials, providing information and advocating for the importance of their businesses and the state’s Jewish community at large.

“We had great meetings in Congress and with significant agency representatives,” David Rosenberg, NJJBA’s executive director, said. “We were able to carry and return messages of support to Washington friends of the Jewish business community and of our members and partners. We also had the opportunity to express concerns about the growing threat of antisemitism, which has profoundly affected our businesses, as well as threatening Jewish students around the state.

“We are proud to say that Jewish-owned businesses, which are almost uncountable in the state, employ upwards of 35,000 New Jerseyans of every background and faith. We believe it is crucial to go visit Washington at least once a year, both to reinforce in our legislators’ minds our important role in the state and the national economy, and to express our ideas and concerns about issues relevant to the Jewish people, our businesses, and our families. Many other Jewish groups visit Washington, but no one else focuses specifically on business.”

The alliance delegation met in person with Reps. Josh Gottheimer (5th District), Thomas Kean Jr. (7th District), Andy Kim (3rd District) and Chris Smith (4th District).

They also met with high-ranking staff members of Senator Cory Booker and members of Congress Frank Pallone
(6th District), Bill Pascrell (9th District); Mikie Sherrill (11th District) and Jefferson Van Drew (2nd District).

From outside the state, they met with staff of the Speaker of the House, Mike Johnson, and with Small Business Administration officials.

Nathan Herzog, an NJJBA board member and the president of Royal Wine Corp., based in Bayonne, said, “Going with the NJJBA to Washington is always an eye opener. It’s important to have our voices heard in the halls of Congress. With every trip, we meet important dignitaries and staff, and we know those meetings are beneficial to both sides.”

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