Business Leaders Gear up for the Annual Walk to Washington

Business leaders from all around New Jersey have the chance to attend the annual walk to Washington. The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce has been hosting the event for 82 years. On Thursday, February 27 corporate executives, mid-size business owners, entrepreneurs, state government and legislative leaders will once again be taking a chartered Amtrak train to Washington, D.C. 

Attendees are in the perfect setting to network with each other and speak with New Jersey’s Congressional Delegation. 


Thursday, February 27, 2020 – Friday, February 28, 2020

Departures – Thursday, February 27, 2020

Newark – 11:35am
Metropark – 12:01pm
New Brunswick – 12:14pm 
Trenton – 12:45pm 
Philadelphia – 1:27pm  
Wilmington – 1:54pm  

Arrives in Washington – 3:30pm 

Friday, February 28, 2020 Departure

Washington – 11:40am 


Wilmington – 1:22pm 
Philadelphia – 1:45pm 
Trenton – 2:16pm 
New Brunswick – 2:44pm
Metropark – 2:59pm 
Newark – 3:20pm 


Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.

What to Expect

Attendees will ride the train from their pickup location heading for the nation’s capital. Passengers can network the entire ride as they explore the chartered Amtrak train and meet new people and potential clients. After arriving in Washington, D.C. guests will meet at the Marriott Wardman Park for a cocktail reception until the Congressional Dinner begins. A “dessert buffet extravaganza” follows the dinner to keep the networking going into the night.

Walk to Washington Background and Value

The event started with a few of the state’s prominent business leaders taking a train down to Washington to have dinner with New Jersey’s congressional delegation in 1937. It quickly turned into a tradition. Over the years, popularity grew. The Walk to Washington became so popular that a private train needed to be chartered to accommodate all the business leaders in attendance. 

It is known as the Walk to Washington because everyone eventually winds up walking up and down the aisles to meet new people and discuss New Jersey’s economy with the industry leaders in attendance. This is unlike many business gatherings. What makes it stand out is that there are business leaders from all different industries coming together to discuss a common theme, New Jersey’s unique economic situation. Every industry brings its perspective.

“I want to hear what other sectors are discussing,” John W. Kennedy NJMEP CEO stated in an interview with NJBIZ

This will be Kennedy’s first time attending the Walk to Washington and he’s excited to learn from business leaders in other industries as well. Kennedy continued to explain, “I am a novice. I am sure this is tremendously valuable. Otherwise, so many people would not do it. I hope to have a seat and ask questions to benefit NJMEP.”

To follow along with the Walk to Washington, use #ChamberTrain on Social Media. 

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