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U.S. Chamber honors Gottheimer for support of business

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U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-5th District, received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Spirit of Enterprise Award at a ceremony Tuesday.

Dozens of business leaders, real estate agents and others attended the event at Macy’s in the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus.

Nick Vaugh, manager of the Eastern Region of Congressional & Public Affairs of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, presented the award to Gottheimer.

“Each year, we keep the guys and gals in Congress in check on issues that matter in the business community,” Vaugh said. “Your congressman scored 71 percent. That is a very strong score.”

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce President Tom Bracken said he has known Gottheimer since before the congressman ran for office. Bracken said they have discussed what New Jersey needed to grow economically and Gottheimer has worked to implement those ideas.

“He is fighting for us every day,” Bracken said. “You know New Jersey needs all the help we can get internally and externally. He is fighting for [the] Gateway [tunnel project], less regulations for business and infrastructure money.”

Sotheby’s International Realty Prominent Properties CEO Randy Lyn Ketive praised Gottheimer for trying to bring lower taxes to New Jersey, pushing for incentives to create businesses and making New Jersey more livable.

“… He has helped change many things in the new tax law to benefit us. He is a friend. I am thrilled that the American Chamber of Commerce sees what we see,” she said.

Gottheimer said he was honored to have received the award.

“… I am proud of the work we’ve been doing to invest in infrastructure and to cut red tape,” he said.

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David Hutter

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David Hutter grew up in Darien, Conn., and covers higher education, transportation and manufacturing for NJBIZ. He can be reached at dhutter@njbiz.com.

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