NJ Chamber President Says Winter Weather is Impacting Business

The anticipated snowstorm tomorrow has already caused the postponement of a New Jersey tradition — the Annual Chamber Walk to Washington. New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Bracken told NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider that there in no question that the snowstorms that have been occurring this year are having an impact on New Jersey businesses.

The Walk to Washington was postponed because the storm is going to be dangerous and the safety of the 900 guests had to be taken into account, Bracken said.

This is the 77th year of the event, where the state’s leading business people, political figures and members of the media come together and ride on a train to Washington, D.C.

On the train, there is a lot of networking, connecting, reconnecting and a lot of business gets accomplished, Bracken said.

“I have only missed one in the last 27 years. I always loved it, even when I was not part of the Chamber leadership. You get a lot done, you get to meet a lot of people, and it’s well worth the day and a half that they’re there,” Bracken said.

The event is in the process of being rescheduled. Bracken said once the hotel responds back with dates of availability, the Chamber will inform the governor’s office, and the date will be picked based on what date Gov. Chris Christie will be able to attend. He said once the date is chosen, the public will be informed.

When asked if the winter weather has been impacting New Jersey’s economy, Bracken said that it definitely has because there are travel issues and many days the governor has declared a state of emergency. In a state of emergency, state workers don’t go to work and they make up the largest employer in the state, Bracken said.

“There’s no question that there’s been an impact on business and it’s just one of those years where we have to endure what’s going on,” Bracken said.