The Ups and Downs of Living and Doing Business in New Jersey

June 25, 2019

Hear from Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblyman Roy Freiman, NJTV business correspondent Rhonda Schaffler and NJCPA CEO Ralph Albert Thomas about the current business and living environment in New Jersey and what could be done to improve the state’s economy. Their commentary is from the IssuesWatch Live: Business & Economic Roundtable session at the NJCPA Annual Convention & Expo on June 14.

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Jeffrey  Kaszerman

Jeffrey Kaszerman

Jeff Kaszerman is the vice president of government relations for New Jersey Society of CPAs. He works with the CEO and board of trustees to create and implement advocacy initiatives that protect and promote the interests of the CPA profession, the business community and the public.

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Ralph Albert Thomas

Ralph Albert Thomas

Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA, is the CEO and executive director of the New Jersey Society of CPAs. He was appointed by New Jersey Senate President Sweeney to the New Jersey Economic and Fiscal Policy Working Group in 2018. He was also previously appointed to the AICPA Foundation Board and the inaugural AICPA National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. Ralph is a lifetime member and former national and chapter president of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), was appointed chair of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy’s (NASBA) State Society Relations Committee, and is a member of the accounting advisory boards of Lehigh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Montclair State, Felician, Thomas Edison universities and Middlesex County College. He can be reached at

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Rhonda  Schaffler

Rhonda Schaffler

Rhonda Schaffler is the anchor of NJ Business Beat, a weekly business program on NJ PBS that takes an in-depth look at the stories, trends and influencers shaping New Jersey's business landscape, featuring insight from industry experts. She also serves as the business correspondent on NJ Spotlight News with Briana Vanozzi, providing a nightly recap of the day's business and economic news. Prior to working at NJ PBS, she covered global business and economic stories while reporting and anchoring for CNN, Reuters and Bloomberg.

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Steven  Oroho

Steven Oroho

Senator Steve Oroho is currently serving his third term in the New Jersey State Senate. He represents the Twenty-Fourth Legislative District in the northwestern part of the state which comprises all of Sussex County, and parts of northern Warren and Morris counties.

Before entry into public office, Senator Oroho had extensive professional experience in the finance departments of top New York City firms, including work for Price Waterhouse, W.R. Grace and Company, as well as Young and Rubicam where he held the position of Senior Vice President of Finance. Senator Oroho is presently a certified financial planner with Stonebridge Capital Management.

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