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Booker, Menendez to speak at N.J. Chamber 'Walk to Washington' dinner event

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New Jersey's two Democratic U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez will each speak next month at a congressional dinner event in Washington, D.C., hosted by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, NJBIZ has learned.

The Feb. 16 dinner is part of the Chamber's annual "Walk to Washington" event, a two-day event featuring a chartered Amtrak train that takes politicians and members of the business community from several points in New Jersey to the nation's capital, making stops along the way in Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware. In Washington, guests attend the congressional dinner at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel before retiring to the Garden State the following morning on another chartered train.

Both senators have been particularly active this week in Washington, with Booker making national headlines for breaking historic precedent and testifying against his colleague and President-elect Donald Trump's attorney general pick, U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), during a Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday.

Menendez, who spoke during last year's "Walk to Washington" dinner, also grilled Trump's Secretary of State selection, former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, this week during a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"The climate in D.C. and the upcoming gubernatorial election is going to add new levels of intrigue to this year's Walk to Washington," said Chamber communications manager Scott Goldstein. "There will be no shortage of things to talk about and no shortage of issues to tackle."

During this year's event, now entering its 80th year, the Chamber will also present its annual business leadership award to Amtrak board of directors chair Tony Coscia.

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