Coming Friday: NJPP’s Progress 2018 Conference

Freshly-minted Governor Phil Murphy is the closing speaker at New Jersey Policy Perspective’s Progress 2018 Conference on Friday, March 23rd in New Brunswick. We don’t usually trumpet events that come with a price tag, as conferences often do. There are a lot of other places the sponsoring orgs can let people know what’s coming (or they can buy an ad …). But in this case, it’s NJPP. They are, and have been, an excellent resource for sane and NJ innovative policy, including through some dark days of New Jersey politics, and the speaker list is good. Included are Sen. Loretta Weinberg and Asm Lou Greenwald, there to discuss the first 100 days of the new administration from the legislative point of view. There will also be sessions devoted to strengthening New Jersey’s healthcare policies, economic justice, New Jersey tax policy, and strategies for standing with New Jersey’s immigrant communities.

Interesting to note here that someone like Jared Bernstein – former chief economist & economic adviser to VP Joe Biden and Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – is included in the same conference as this session: From Resistance to Revival: State Progressive Policy in the Age of Trump. That’s the afternoon plenary, featuring Saily Avelenda of NJ 11th for Change and Uyen “Winn” Khuong of Action Together New Jersey. Small victories. This is either an indication of the Resistance-With-A-Capital-R’s arrival as an undeniable force – an easy argument to make in a universe where Rodney Frelinghuysen is pushed out of the running for his own re-election – or groups like both of those, associated with Hillary Clinton’s campaign, go down easiest in a policy conference in a Dem Party ATM state that went strong for Clinton in both the 2016 primary & general (and Murphy). Maybe both those things. I’m not sure it matters, except to note that both Saily and Winn are extraordinary and effective leaders, and well worth hearing from. And it’s a move forward to see them both featured, especially as the lead in to Gov, Murphy.

Below, some key info for Friday’s event:

Progress 2018: Building a More Just and Fair New Jersey
When: Friday, March 23 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: The Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick
Agenda & Speakers list here
RSVP here – Full-day tickets $150

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