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NJ Pols, Businesspeople and Lobbyists Get Pally Riding the Rails to DC

Annual train journey lets movers and shakers talk shop — and schmooze

Every year, a crush of New Jersey politicians, lobbyists, and business people crowd onto a charter train that’s meant to provide a convivial and informal meeting-place for the state’s movers and shakers.

Known as the Walk to Washington, the journey — organized by the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce — starts in Newark, with several stops along the way. At the end of the line, they have dinner with the Garden State’s congressional delegation.

This year’s trip — the 80th — took place on Thursday, and was overshadowed by national political tensions. “New Jersey Transit for the first time in 10 years is now requiring that we have a permit to be inside [the station] to leaflet,” said NJ Citizen Action executive director Phyllis Salowe-Kaye.

Train rider Assemblyman Anthony Bucco said that “…when you’re looking at some of the things that are happening in Washington, all the changes that are going on, naturally that’s going to be a topic of conversation ... But you can’t lose sight of … what’s going on at home, and that’s what’s so important.”

Two Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls, Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Union) and frontrunner Phil Murphy, were on the train.

As well as politicians and businesspeople, this year’s jaunt included Cardinal Joseph Tobin, the recently installed leader of the Catholic archdiocese of Newark, who said he was on a listening tour.

Read the full story on NJTV News online, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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