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N.J. Chamber postpones 'Walk to Washington' due to impending storm

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New Jersey Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Tom Bracken (center) speaks with members on the Amtrak train in the 2011 Walk to Washington event.
New Jersey Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Tom Bracken (center) speaks with members on the Amtrak train in the 2011 Walk to Washington event. - (NJBIZ File Photo)

With weather forecasts calling for over a foot of snow Thursday in some parts of the Northeast, the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce announced Wednesday that its annual “Walk to Washington” event will be postponed at the recommendation of Amtrak.

The two-day event, now in its 77th year, will be rescheduled. New dates have not yet been selected.

The annual networking event features a chartered train from points in New Jersey to Washington, D.C., where guests then attend events and a dinner featuring a keynote address by Gov. Chris Christie.

"First and foremost, we don't want to risk the safety of 900 guests registered for this event, which requires travel in and through three states and Washington, D.C.," chamber president Tom Bracken said in a statement. "The Walk to Washington will go on, as it is such an important event for New Jersey."

In addition to Christie, this year's speaker list included U.S. Rep. Chris Smith and U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker.

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Andrew George

Andrew George

Andrew George covers the Statehouse from NJBIZ's Trenton bureau. Born and raised in N.J., Andrew has also spent time as a reporter in D.C., Texas and Pa. His email is andrewg@njbiz.com and he is @AndrGeorge on Twitter.

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