This just in from Committee of Seventy:
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to Speak at the Committee of Seventy’s Annual Breakfast
PHILADELPHIA – November 8, 2010 – The Committee of Seventy, the region’s non‐partisan champion for clean and effective government and fair elections, today announced New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as the keynote speaker for its 2010 Annual Breakfast.
Governor Christie will address 500 of the region’s most prominent business and civic leaders on Tuesday, November 23 at 8 a.m. at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia.
Seventy’s Annual Breakfast, which last year featured U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, has become the premier event of the year. The 2010 Breakfast is co‐chaired by Michael C. Carbone, Regional President, TD Bank, and William R. Sasso, Chairman, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP.
“It’s a tremendous honor to host one of the most influential leaders in the country, especially someone who is seen as an eventual candidate for president,” said Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, Seventy’s Chairman and President and CEO of Citizens Bank, PA/NJ/DE.
Seventy’s President and CEO Zachary Stalberg added: “Whatever your opinion of his politics or tactics, Chris Christie has shaken up business as usual in New Jersey. His outspokenness and willingness to rethink how government works makes him the ideal choice for Seventy’s Breakfast. He speaks our language.”
Stalberg said that Seventy’s increased visibility and clout has been a critical selling point for the Breakfast, the organization’s only fundraiser of the year. “Even in this tough economic climate, people understand the importance of supporting a group like Seventy. Its fierce independence, and the fact that it refuses to accept any government funds, distinguishes it from any other organization in the area.”
Seventy’s Annual Breakfast tradition began in November 2007 when Michael Nutter made his first address as Philadelphia’s Mayor‐elect the morning after his election. U.S. Senator and then‐Republican Arlen Specter and Governor Edward G. Rendell highlighted Seventy’s 2008 Annual Breakfast following the historic election of President Barrack Obama. Vice President Joe Biden was the keynote speaker at Seventy’s 2009 Breakfast.