Montclair State Hosts “Jobs for Jersey”

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Former New Jersey governors and leading New Jersey business executives gathered at Montclair State University on October 27 to discuss the employment challenges facing the state in Jobs for Jersey: Forum for Economic Action. The participants offered their views on the job and economic situations in the state and presented suggestions for possible solutions.

Featured speakers included New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, and Montclair State University School of Business Dean E. LaBrent Chrite, who presented an analysis of the current economic and employment situation in New Jersey. Remarks were also offered by Montclair State University President Susan A. Cole and NJN News’ Senior Political Correspondent Michael Aron, who served as the forum’s moderator.

Jobs for Jersey brought together some of the top minds in business, government, and academia. Participants in the forum were 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; Darren Hammel, co-founder and Executive Vice President Business Development of Princeton Power Systems; Beverlyn Grissom, Chief Executive Officer, The Camden Shipping Corporation; Barry Jaruzelski, Partner, Leader, Global Innovation Practice, Booz & Company; Ralph LaRossa, President and COO, PSE&G; and Jim McGreevey, 52nd Governor of New Jersey. Also participating in the discussion was Montclair State University MBA student, Anthony Ndiege who shared his own views and job-searching experiences.

Jobs for Jersey was created to help find real, practical, and bipartisan answers to the employment challenges facing New Jersey. The event at Montclair State was the first in a planned series of similar roundtable discussions aimed at bringing economic recovery to New Jersey’s businesses, residents, and work force. More information is available at

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