Jobs for Jersey: Forum for Economic Action

The global financial crisis has dealt a crippling blow to New Jersey’s economy. In 2009, unemployment reached a 33-year high of 10.1 per cent, with 114,100 jobs lost. By July 2010, unemployment was hovering at 9.7 per cent.

Jobs for Jersey, to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 27 at Montclair State University’s Alexander Kasser Theater, is the first in a series of spirited roundtable discussions committed to finding answers to a single, crucial issue: real, practical and bipartisan solutions to the employment challenges facing New Jersey.

A distinguished group of top government, academic and corporate leaders will evaluate the employment situation in New Jersey, identify avenues for recovery and produce recommendations for the Governor of New Jersey, the state legislature and the congressional delegation.

Moderated by Michael Aron, senior political correspondent for NJN, the forum’s featured participants include: Dennis Bone, President, Verizon New Jersey and Chairman, Choose New Jersey; Brendan Byrne, 47th Governor of New Jersey; E. LaBrent Chrite, Dean of the School of Business, Montclair State University; Donald DiFrancesco, 51st Governor of New Jersey; Beverlyn Grisson, Chief Executive Officer, The Camden Shipping Corporation; Darren Hammell, Co-founder and Executive Vice President, Business Development, Princeton Power; Barry Jaruzelski, New Jersey Partner, Global Innovation Practice, Booz & Company; Ralph LaRossa, President and COO, PSE&G; and James McGreevey, 52nd Governor of New Jersey.

The forum is free of charge and open to the public. However, participation is by invitation only—to RSVP or request an invitation, please complete this online form. For further details about the event, go to