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Lieutenant Governor and New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Kim Guadagno has accepted an invitation to participate in OpportunityNJ’s first Affordability Summit on Monday, Sept. 18, ONJ Co-Chairs Tom Bracken and Michele Siekerka announced today.

The Affordability Summit, which will take place at First Baptist Church at Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, aims to synthesize the priorities and concerns of New Jersey’s business community to help shape a new Affordability Agenda for the two main gubernatorial candidates.

The event, which is expected to be attended by hundreds of state business leaders and residents, will feature a keynote address by former New Jersey Secretary of State Rev. DeForest Soaries, as well as presentations from Steve Van Kuiken (Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company); Dr. James W. Hughes (University Professor and former Dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University) and Tom Byrne (Founder and Managing Director of Byrne Asset Management).

Attendees will be invited to participate in breakout sessions for brainstorming discussions centered on tax reform, workforce development and jobs, regulation reform and infrastructure. News media panels, involving several New Jersey reporters, will also be part of the program.

OpportunityNJ (ONJ) a non-partisan, grassroots coalition dedicated to promoting action to make New Jersey more competitive and affordable for everyone. With no direct ties to political parties or government, ONJ serves as an independent voice to provide data-based education about New Jersey policy actions – and to support policies that encourage job growth, affordability and prosperity in the state.

Interested participants for the Sept. 18th Affordability Summit are encouraged to register online at To help offset the cost of the event, there is a $50 registration fee. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. on the day of the event, with the Summit beginning promptly at 9 a.m.

Reporters who are interested in covering the event should contact Bob Considine at (609-858-9502) or Scott Goldstein at (609-989-7888, ext. 113).