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Senator Bob Singer Senator Bob Singer (R-30)
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September 27, 2018
Sen. Singer & Duvi Honig Announce the Designation of ‘New Jersey Economic Development Day’

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Legislation Inspired by Local Orthodox Jewish Chamber Of Commerce

The New Jersey State Senate has passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Robert Singer that names the second Monday of May as “New Jersey Economic Development Day.”

The New Jersey State Senate has passed a resolution sponsored by Senator Robert Singer that names the second Monday of May as New Jersey Economic Development Day. (

“I was proud and honored to work with Duvi Honig and the Orthodox Jewish Chamber Of Commerce to put words into action and enhance New Jersey’s business network,” Singer stated. “By teaming up with Mr. Honig and the Chamber, we can take networking to a new level in this state. Additionally, I want to thank Senate President Steve Sweeney and Senator Loretta Weinberg for their leadership and support of our legislation. I look forward to celebrating ‘Economic Development Day’ for years to come.”

“Economic Development Day helps to put the focus on one of my top priorities: doing all that we can to promote and support economic growth, the creation and retention of jobs, and the expansion of long-term economic opportunities,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney (Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “I applaud Duvi Honig, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Orthodox Jewish Chamber Of Commerce, for all his efforts in advancing this cause. This is a goal that we all share because we recognize its importance to New Jersey’s future.”

“New Jersey has long been an attractive place for business and industry,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “I am proud to support Senator Weinberg and Senator Singer’s joint resolution to establish the second Monday of May as Economic Development Day. This resolution would not have been advanced without the work of Duvi Honig, who has been the biggest proponent of establishing this day to celebrate our state’s openness to new business and innovation.”

Sen. Singer’s joint resolution, SJR-72, aims to encourage and promote New Jersey state and local economic development programs.

The resolution requests that the Governor annually calls upon elected officials, business owners, and the citizens of New Jersey to discuss job creation, fiscal resiliency, and how to best enhance business development plans.

“My grandfather was a Holocaust survivor,” Honig said. “He immigrated to America with limited resources and achieved the American dream. The creation of ‘Economic Development Day’ here in New Jersey honors my grandfather’s memory. With the right network and right resources, we will proactively boost education, connection and direction for everyone in the state.

“The Orthodox Jewish Chamber Of Commerce is excited to work with Sen. Singer,” Honig added. “We have the opportunity to create new business avenues thorough existing funding. Let’s synergize state government and corporate dollars to reduce overlap and stimulate the economy. This will help all New Jerseyans regardless of race, religion, or creed. Our group is bipartisan, and we were honored in the US Capitol for Jewish heritage month for similar actions. We look forward helping empower Americans with financial stability and dignity. I am honored privileged to make history by introducing to and passing legislation, New Jersey is the first of all 50 states to have a ‘New Jersey Economic Development Day.’ I look forward sharing it with other states as well.”

Mr. Honig noted that the legislation is based off current innovative programs, which he created with the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce. These programs were motivated by the recession. He explained his programs help empower underprivileged residents, local businesses, and large corporations.

Sen. Singer and Mr. Honig noted that Michael Roberts, a Rutgers Law School student and Ambassador to the Chamber, has also been a substantial contributor to the bill.

“Today’s designation of a statewide ‘Economic Development Day’ honors and inspires our youth to create, build, and dream of a better New Jersey,” Senator Singer (R-30) said. “The Garden State is blessed with a well-educated workforce, an ideal location, easy-to-access public transportation, and the best schools in the nation. That is why our economy will continue to grow and thrive. My thanks to Mr. Honig and my colleagues in the Senate for backing this important legislation.”

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