PRESS RELEASE June-11-2019

Sweeney Meets with New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association for Advocacy Day

Trenton – Senate President Steve Sweeney joined with Marilou Halvorsen,   President and CEO of New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association to give welcoming remarks at the group’s Advocacy Day in Trenton today, where the association representing one of the state’s largest employment sectors interacted with New Jersey’s lawmakers.

“The workers in the hospitality industry are privileged to have the New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association represent their interests in Trenton,” said Senator Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “Representing over 300,000 workers in our state, NJRHA’s service to their members is immeasurable, from helping them get affordable healthcare to training and certification programs. This sector provides jobs and supports ongoing economic activity that is so important to the state’s economy. Their presence in our state’s capitol is deeply valuable, and by serving those who serve everyone else they make New Jersey, not just their members, a better place to live.”

The New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association provides a number resources and services to its members, which include: free ServSafe training, exclusive health care pricing and solutions through our collaboration with UnitedHealthcare, a two-year culinary education program for New Jersey high school students, and legislative advocacy.

“We are always thankful when Senate President Steve Sweeney makes time to meet and talk with us,” said Marilou Halvorsen, President and CEO of New Jersey Restaurant and Hospitality Association. “When we partner with members of the Legislature, we are able to make good things happen that benefit not only members of the restaurant and hospitality industries, but all consumers and employees.”

The hospitality industry is the state’s largest private sector employer and the NJRHA makes education and training resources available for New Jersey’s 300,000 hospitality professionals and is a key part of the state’s tourism economy.