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President’s Message
By Melvin Gitler

Road trip!

Once again we go to Washington, DC with the Chamber of Commerce. This time I thought it would be fun to talk to different people who are not about what we do. I am glad I did. The train leaves Penn Station from Newark. I sat down and talked to a representative of PSE&G. Little did I know that he was the President of PSE&G. PSE&G was the main sponsor of the event. There must have been at least 1000 people there.

After talking to him, I realized that the direction for all organizations such as ours was and is Political Action. In fact, these large companies have departments specifically designed to handle anything to do with politics and beyond. As I walked up and down the train, I realized how many people were there not to sell something but to retain a rapport with political action committees. I met people from the Hartz Corporation who are concerned that the wetlands do not turn into a shopping mall. I met people from Mills Corporation who are building Xanadu and do not want too much Government interference, Government and more Government up and down the train.

Off to the dinner where I sat with bankers from Chase and Citicorp. Government intervention in their business this is what the dinner conversation was about. Too much intervention and it stymies productivity. They have offices to deal with such matters.

You ask why this concerns us. Today, we look to various businesses to sponsor our events and support us in the Senate and Assembly. This is the new road to our existence. We should look and embrace this new road and nurture it.

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