Posted Tuesday, August 30th, 2016


MCCCThe Morris County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “conversation” with two of the state’s leading business advocates, State Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Bracken and President and CEO of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association Michele Siekerka, at its “Good Morning Morris” event on Friday, Sept. 9 in Florham Park.

Bracken and Siekerka also co-chair the non-partisan Opportunity NJ, a coalition of New Jersey interests representing employers, business, trade groups, community organizations and many others and which advocates for and supports policies that encourage job growth in the state.


Michele Siekerka


Thomas Bracken










The event will be held at the Park Avenue Club, 184 Park Avenue, Florham Park, from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. While it is a free event, registration is required by Sept. 7 and can be done by email to [email protected] or, if you are not a Chamber member, email [email protected]

Opportunity New Jersey’s mission is to increase awareness of the impact that policies and legislative action will have on the state’s economy and job growth for New Jersey. It reaches out to inform policymakers and the public about how proposals out of Trenton will impact the state economy.

The coalition’s most immediate agenda involves opposing three initiatives that have recently been proposed. They are increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour; constitutionally requiring quarterly public pension payments; and mandating paid sick leave.

The coalition’s longer-term agenda includes reforming the state’s tax structure; funding long term investments in infrastructure beginning with transportation and then more holistically to the state’s other infrastructure assets; reducing government regulations and mandates; and maintaining the state’s highly trained workforce.