Politicians, Business Leaders Embark on Annual ‘Walk’ to DC

TRENTON (AP) -
People wait to board as the annual New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Walk to Washington’ train arrives at the Trenton train station, Thursday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
People wait to board as the annual New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Walk to Washington’ train arrives at the Trenton train station, Thursday. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Political honchos and business bigwigs from across the state board an Amtrak train bound for Washington, D.C., on Thursday as the state Chamber of Commerce commenced its 79th annual “Walk to Washington.”

A key networking event on New Jersey’s political calendar, Thursday’s “walk” gets its name because many of the participants spend most of their time walking along train cars, shaking hands and meeting peers.

Once the train arrives in Washington, participants go to a dinner that features speakers, including Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker this year.

Last year, Gov. Chris Christie spoke at the Washington reception, but wasn’t there this year.