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NJ Transit, unions reach contract agreement and avoid strike

By Eric Strauss
March 11, 2016 10:22 PM

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Area airports suffer from the most delays in the country, study finds

By Andrew Sheldon
March 3, 2016 02:09 PM

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Cloud software company hires chief compliance officer

By Eric Strauss
March 28, 2016 09:50 AM

Cloud software solutions firm WorkWave has named a new general counsel and chief compliance officer, it announced Friday. CONTINUE READING

Logistics facilities firm buys Newark maintenance and repair property

By Eric Strauss
March 22, 2016 11:03 AM

An owner and manager of transportation logistics facilities has acquired a Class A maintenance and repair facility in Newark, according to real estate firm JLL. CONTINUE READING

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N.J. residents remain opposed to gas tax increase in latest poll

By Andrew George
March 17, 2016 12:51 PM

The majority of New Jersey residents remain opposed to the idea of increasing the state's gas tax, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Thursday. CONTINUE READING

Triangle Park gives Newark a path to future: Mayor hopes the project fuels more development

By Joshua Burd
March 11, 2016 12:34 PM

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka says it was roughly a year ago when he and his aides, at the invitation of Jerry Gottesman, ventured to Manhattan's West Side to see the 1.45-mile-long, elevated public park known as the High Line. CONTINUE READING

Warning statement: Ultrasuccessful businessman Steve Kalafer says New Jersey is at a tipping point

By Tom Bergeron
March 11, 2016 12:34 PM

Steve Kalafer is very well known as the founding chairman of the 17 franchises that make up Flemington Car and Truck Family Dealerships. CONTINUE READING

NJ Transit, unions reach contract agreement and avoid strike

By Eric Strauss
March 11, 2016 10:22 PM

Gov. Chris Christie confirmed Friday night that NJ Transit and its 11 unions had reached a tentative contract agreement, averting a possible strike Sunday. CONTINUE READING

I.D. Systems subsidiary receives $1.4M tracking solutions order

By Eric Strauss
March 11, 2016 11:24 AM

Woodcliff Lake-based asset management technology company I.D. Systems Inc. said Thursday that its Asset Intelligence subsidiary has received an order for $1.4 million worth of Veriwise intermodal container tracking solutions. CONTINUE READING

Student Transportation grows in Southern California

By Emily Bader
March 10, 2016 10:20 AM

Wall-based Student Transportation Inc. announced Wednesday that its subsidiary, Student Transportation of America Inc., has been selected to provide school transportation services to a school district in Southern California, effective August 1. CONTINUE READING

Calendar girls: Woman-owned Bayshore Recycling celebrates success by starring in its own old-school marketing calendar (slideshow)

By Meg Fry
March 3, 2016 06:13 PM

Let's get a few things straight at the beginning, because honesty is everything. CONTINUE READING

Area airports suffer from the most delays in the country, study finds

By Andrew Sheldon
March 3, 2016 02:09 PM

If you're flying out of one of the three New York- and New Jersey-area airports, you may want to bring an engrossing book, because you're more likely to experience delays in the region than any other in the country. CONTINUE READING

Unitronics inks deal for automated parking garage in Cliffside Park

By Emily Bader
March 2, 2016 03:53 PM

Unitronics Systems Inc. announced Wednesday it has executed an agreement to provide a 326-space automated parking garage in Cliffside Park. CONTINUE READING

Newark-based STV appoints SVP

By Emily Bader
February 29, 2016 10:33 AM

Newark-based STV, a provider of services for transportation systems, announced Monday that it has promoted Joseph F. North to senior vice president. CONTINUE READING

Student Transportation expands with new contract in Oregon

By Emily Bader
February 25, 2016 09:41 AM

Wall-based Student Transportation Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Student Transportation of American Inc., has been awarded a new $4.8 million annual contract to provide school transportation services to a large school district in Oregon. CONTINUE READING

Christie refiles nominations for several acting cabinet members

By Andrew George
February 18, 2016 11:28 AM

Gov. Chris Christie refiled nominations for five cabinet-level members this week that were not confirmed by the state Senate last year. CONTINUE READING

INTTRA appoints president, COO

By Emily Bader
February 17, 2016 03:30 PM

Parsippany-based INTTRA, an ocean shipping electronic marketplace, announced Wednesday it has promoted Inna Kuznetsova to president and chief operating office. CONTINUE READING

Hertz cutting IT jobs in Park Ridge

By Eric Strauss
February 17, 2016 09:52 AM

The Hertz Corporation is laying off as many as 63 information technology workers at its Park Ridge headquarters, according to a notice filed with the state. CONTINUE READING

Distribution company moving from Keasbey to East Brunswick

By Eric Strauss
February 16, 2016 02:56 PM

A warehousing and distribution company has signed a lease to move and expand its headquarters from Keasbey to East Brunswick, according to real estate services firm Bussel Realty Corp. CONTINUE READING

Travel company moving its HQ from Ramsey to Montvale

By Eric Strauss
February 8, 2016 02:02 PM

The U.S. unit of an Australian travel company has decided to relocate its headquarters from Ramsey to Montvale, according to real estate services firm JLL, which arranged the lease. CONTINUE READING

Taxes top chamber's 2016 policy agenda

By Andrew George
February 5, 2016 10:45 AM

Between last November’s legislative election — and the lame duck session that followed it — and a sitting governor who is busy running for president, Trenton has had its fair share of quiet days in the past several months. But thus far, 2016 has proven to be anything but tame in the state capital. In just the last month, deals have been brokered over hot-button topics like northern New Jersey casinos and the looming threat of municipal bankruptcy in Atlantic City. And yet on other seemingly persistent issues, like pension reform and the Transportation Trust Fund, some lawmakers appear further apart than ever before. So, what’s on the docket for the business community in 2016? New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Michael Egenton recently sat down with NJBIZ to go over the legislative items his organization will be closely following over the coming months. NJBIZ: What’s on the top of your list? Michael Egenton: I’ll probably start first with the state budget. That’s always paramount to us. … We’re going to obviously keep an eye on that, and that always has big implications for the business community. We also want to make sure, because (Gov. Chris Christie) mentioned it in his State of the State address, that with the estate tax, we keep the momentum going there. Keep the attention on that and try and get that resolved. … When we need to show that we’re doing some tax reform here in New Jersey, the estate tax is absolutely at the top of the ticket.   NJBIZ: So much of the discussion around the estate tax has been in connection to proposals for a gas tax increase to help replenish the Transportation Trust Fund. Should they be paired? ME: Those are two key issues that can stand on their own. Now, whatever happens politically, that’s up to the Legislature and the governor’s office to decide what negotiations are done, what bills are filed and how it goes forward. We believe both are critical issues and both need to get done. One should not be sacrificed for the other. … And also with regard to the estate tax and, again, back to the budget, I recognize and appreciate that we may not be able to snap our fingers and eliminate it right away. The goal is for the eventual elimination of it. However, if there is a phase-in, like (Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto) had suggested, we recognize and understand that position. One way or the other, it has to be done. NJBIZ: Where are we on pensions right now? ME: We were very vocal about (it). Not that we can’t all sit down in a stakeholder process and review what exactly the issue is at hand with the pension and how to work to some kind of resolution. That needs to be properly communicated. We’re not turning a blind eye and saying, ‘Well that’s your problem — figure it out.’ I know our organization said, ‘Look, we want to be part of that discussion, but we need a discussion.’ What we’re adamantly opposed to is putting this into and binding it into the constitution. It absolutely does not belong in the constitution. That’s not what our founding fathers set the constitution up for. … That being said, it has to be properly communicated that the issue in and of itself has to have some kind of thorough vetting and analysis and discussion.   NJBIZ: What are some other areas of focus right now? ME: Health care and the delivery of affordable insurance for our members and giving them the choice of quality and delivery. And, of course, energy remains a key component for our businesses that use a lot of energy, in particular. We want to make sure that we are creating an opportunity to have a sufficient supply of energy sources.   NJBIZ: We’ve also talked in the past about workforce development. ME: I think we need to ramp up our competition and match our skills required by our employers with academia. I’d like to see more students stay here in New Jersey. I don’t know what the answer is to that. … Certainly, we have great academic institutions. How can we improve upon that … and match the right skills so that employers that are still here in New Jersey can say, ‘Yeah, that person who graduated from that New Jersey school — we want them and want to set them up right away.’   NJBIZ: The next gubernatorial election may be scheduled for 2017, but as we all know, the race has already started unofficially. How do you focus on policy with all that political noise in the background? ME: We understand policy a lot of times goes hand-in-hand with politics. And because the next two years are big, limelight pivotal years for both gubernatorial and other key elections, we want to make sure that policy is not driven based on (politics). We’re an organization that is very factual-based. We have to do polling. We have to reach out to our members. We have to drive with data. We have to do studies. We can’t just show up in committee and say, ‘Well, this is bad’ …We’ll sit at a table and we’ll talk about what you believe is an issue, but the first question that will be raised is, ‘Can you show us that this is a crisis issue and you have the data to back it up?’ Paid sick leave is a good example.   NJBIZ: How so? ME: What we were getting feedback from our members was, ‘Hey, we’re actually doing over and beyond. We provide to our employees because we want them to benefit from it and if we have a good, productive employee, we’re going to do what we can on our side of the equation to keep them here: give them competitive wages and salaries and be flexible with them.’ But also remember how businesses have historically operated in the past … it’s free enterprise. And those workers who work for employers that put that time and effort in and have the employers’ goals in mind to better that work environment, be all in, to show up on time and show that they’re a dedicated employee, that principle is still alive and well. They will take care of those employees that are dedicated — and I’ll even use the word loyal — to the business operation. To help them grow and thrive. And in the end, everyone benefits from it.   NJBIZ: No one wants to hurt businesses, but lawmakers don’t always agree on how to help them. How do you toe the line between supporting legislation and opposing it? ME: We will always support ideas, initiatives and proposals that will help grow jobs and the economy. And we will also stand up for our members and voice our concern or opposition if it creates undue burden, overregulation and mandates on our employers. Especially when we benchmark. Are other states doing this? Or are we trying to once again to be over the edge and unique, and cause more undue burden to our job providers, our businesses? Because we want to keep them there. Retention is, if not more important, equally important to attraction.   NJBIZ: Do you feel as if the business community is more often than not playing defense? ME: I get tweaked a little bit from some of the leaders: ‘Hey, why don’t you say some of the good stuff we did?’ Absolutely. We did the net operating, we did the single sale factor, we did the Economic Opportunity Act. Yes, we have done positive things. But there are a lot of other things we can do in the positive side of the column. But some of these initiatives, these mandates, could slow that momentum down on the positive stuff that we’ve done. I think there has to be a methodical, thorough vetting and discussion on any of these initiatives. E-mail to: andrewg@njbiz.com CONTINUE READING

Airline announces new flights from Newark to Naples, Florida

By February 4, 2016 11:23 AM

A Maine-based airline is starting flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to Naples, Florida, later this month, it announced Wednesday. CONTINUE READING

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