CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TRAIN DEPARTS FOER WASH, D.C.

The annual rail pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. began on Thursday aboard a chartered 14-car train. About 900 of the state’s business leaders climbed aboard for the state Chamber of Commerce’s 76th trip to the nation’s capitol. Governor Christie did not take the train, but is scheduled to give the group’s keynote address. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono plans…

SBA HANDS OUT OVER $1.1 BILLION IN LOANS

Less than 90 days after Hurricane Sandy struck, the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $1.1 billion in disaster loans to 16,800 residents and businesses in the federally declared states affected by the storm. This milestone comes as Congress passed emergency legislation that will add $799 million to SBA’s disaster assistance program budget…

NEW COUNTY FREEHOLDER: MARIE HAYES

Cape May County republicans have selected Marie Hayes to be the newest member of the Board of Chosen Freeholders.  Republicans gathered on Wednesday evening and selected Hayes to fill the unexpired term of Susan Sheppard, who resigned her seat after winning the election for Cape May County Surrogate in November.  Hayes outpolled Lower Township’s Stig…