JUST ANNOUNCED: Gov. Murphy attending the Walk to Washington

Will keynote Congressional Dinner

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The 81st Annual Walk to Washington & Congressional Dinner
New Jersey's Premier Business Event

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
March 1-2, 2018

For complete and up-to-date information about this year's Walk to Washington including itinerary, schedules, FAQs, and important contacts,visit chamberwalk.com on your computer, tablet or smartphone.



For 80 years, the Walk to Washington has been a must-attend business event because of who attends and what happens.

Corporate executives, mid-size business owners, entrepreneurs, state government and legislative leaders take a chartered Amtrak train to Washington, D.C., to network with each other and to discuss New Jersey's economic situation with our Congressional Delegation.

A time honored tradition in extreme networking. --The Star Ledger

Last year we hosted hundreds of business executives and decision makers, Governor Christie and key members of his leadership team, members of our Congressional Delegation, 40 members of the state Legislature, and over 20 news media outlets.

All of the traditional features of our Walk to Washington remain intact:

  • Our chartered Amtrak train leaves for Washington, D.C., on Thursday, March 1, 2018.
  • Our Grand Reception at the Marriott Wardman Park begins at 5 p.m. that evening.
  • Our dinner honoring New Jersey's Congressional Delegation follows at 7 p.m.


All rooms at the Marriott Wardman Park are sold out. To view a list of other nearby hotels, click here.

Note: The list of hotels is the result of a Google search near the Marriott Wardman Park. Listed hotels are not affiliated with the NJ Chamber or Walk to Washington event and offer no special rates to event attendees.

Hailed as the state's premier business event since 1937

For 80 years, Chamber members have boarded a special Amtrak charter train and traveled to the nation's Capital to discuss with the state's top political leadership how to make New Jersey a better place to do business. Join us for unprecedented opportunities for conversation, visibility and camaraderie.

Why walk the walk?

To mingle with the state's movers and shakers and make connections that will help your business grow and succeed. Ride the rails and meet face-to-face with as many potential clients as possible.

What is the Walk to Washington?

The tradition began in 1937 when several of the state's top business executives took a train to Washington to have dinner with New Jersey's congressional delegation - and the rest is history. Soon the event's popularity made it necessary to charter a private train to the nation's capital. And because everyone on the train walks the aisles, discussing issues and opportunities the event became known as the Walk to Washington. The adventure begins when the Chamber's chartered Amtrak train departs Newark and our other scheduled stops - Metropark, New Brunswick, Trenton, Philadelphia and Wilmington - for the ride to Washington.

What is the Congressional Dinner?

It's your best opportunity of the year to meet people, make connections, and build your business. The trip hits a crescendo when the train reaches the nation's capital and guests gather at the Marriott Wardman Park for a cocktail reception, the Congressional Dinner and a dessert buffet extravaganza that allows the networking to continue into the night.

Need more reasons to attend?

You can participate in the many related events provided by leading New Jersey businesses and organizations. Post-dinner hospitality suites and morning breakfasts are all part of the tradition. Our chartered Amtrak train leaves Union Station in Washington late Friday morning and gets you home in time for dinner.

Want to see who has participated on previous trips?

Photos from the 2017 Walk to Washington
Photos from the 2016 Walk to Washington

Photos from the 2015 Walk to Washington

Photos from the 2014 Walk to Washington

Train Schedule

New Jersey to Washington, D.C.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

  Newark 11:35 a.m.
  Metropark 12:01 p.m.
  New Brunswick 12:14
 Trenton 12:45
  Philadelphia 1:27
  Wilmington 1:55
  Washington 3:20 p.m.


Washington, D.C. to New Jersey

Friday, March 2, 2018

  Washington 11:45 a.m.
  Wilmington 1:22 p.m.
  Philadelphia 1:45
  Trenton 2:16
  New Brunswick 2:44
  Metropark 2:59
  Newark 3:20



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Upcoming Events List


Mar 1-2

81st Annual Walk to Washington & Congressional Dinner

Where: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.

It has been the state's premier business event for 80 years, attracting New Jersey leaders in every industry. Don't miss this opportunity for conversation, visibility and camaraderie that will ultimately help your business grow and succeed.

Register now

Apr 11

Free Spring Member Networking Breakfast

Where: State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick
When: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Meet the Chamber team, network with over 100 of your fellow Chamber members, and maybe even take home a great door prize. Host: State Theatre New Jersey

May 21

7th Annual NJ Chamber Challenge

Where: The Bedens Brook Club, Skillman

Join us for our annual golf outing at the Bedens Brook Club in Skillman.

Register now

Jun 7

21st Annual New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Open House and Reception

Where: The New Jersey State Museum, 205 W. State St., Trenton (across from the NJ Chamber Headquarters)
When: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free to members.

The summer's best networking event is at the New Jersey State Museum.

Jul 25

Free Summer Member Networking Breakfast

Where: Chancellor's Suite, University Center, Seton Hall University
When: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Meet the Chamber team, network with over 100 of your fellow Chamber members, and maybe even take home a great door prize. Host: Seton Hall University

Annual Events


New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Events

At our events, there are opportunities to meet the state's top political and business leaders and make valuable contacts. Events include:

The Walk to Washington and Congressional Dinner
The state's premier business networking event since 1937, attracting New Jersey leaders in ever industry, as well as the governor and members of his cabinet, legislators and our Congressional Delegation. Attendees have included Presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter.

The Chamber Challenge Cup
An annual golf outing and networking event held at the state's most prestigious golf courses.

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Open House
This outdoor reception in June has become a fixture in the New Jersey business community. It provides members with an opportunity to network with legislative and business leaders in an informal setting. Hundreds of our members and elected officials enjoy excellent food, live music, drink and, of course, good conversation.

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Forum
A speaker series that brings national names to New Jersey for an evening designed to inform, entertain and inspire.

N.J. Chamber of Commerce Roundtable Breakfast Series
Frequent roundtables with top political and government leaders who discuss topics such as public health policy, the state budget, environmental regulations and the economy.

New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Holiday Party
A joyful end-of-year event that brings our members together to renew old connections and create new ones.

Member Breakfasts
Pure networking events peppered throughout the year that are consistently well-attended and well-reviewed.

Legislative and Business Awards Reception
This biannual event is a networking opportunity that attracts power players from Trenton and the private sector.

Cornerstone Events
Exclusive events for a special tier of members - top business leaders and entrepreneurs representing many of the most prestigious companies in the state.