Commissioner's Gallery - 2013
Commissioner's Gallery - 2013
LONG BRANCH, N.J., December 19, 2013 - New Jersey Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths (2nd right) helps volunteers at the Arc of Monmouth County in Long Branch to bag Christmas trees to give to consumers. Commissioner Wirths and other cabinet members are volunteering and highlighting service opportunities as part of Governor Chris Christie’s Third Annual “Season of Service.”
HOLMDEL, N.J., December 5, 2013 - Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno (center) accompanied by New Jersey Labor Commissioner Harold Wirths (left) and Brigadier General Michael Cunniff visit with employers at the Hiring Our Heroes job fair held today at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel. More than 40 employers ready to hire veterans participated in the job fair.
NEWARK, DECEMBER 5, 2013 – Deputy Labor Commissioner Aaron Fichtner addressed the Transportation, Logistics and Distribution Workshop at the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority in Newark
SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J., November 27, 2013 - Pictured with Commissioner Wirths at the Literacy Volunteers gala is, left to right, Brian Thompson of NBC 4 New York, who was master of ceremonies; Jessica Tomkins, executive director of Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey, and Elizabeth Gloeggler, executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Union County.
SUSSEX, N.J., November 25, 2013 - New Jersey Labor Commissioner Harold Wirths (baseball cap) joins volunteers to load and organize turkeys that will be packaged with other items to give families in need a full seasonal meal. The event is coordinated annually through the Sussex Help Center and other charitable organizations in Sussex County.
WAYNE, N.J., NOVEMBER 20, 2013 - Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths (third from right) and Assistant Commissioner Mary Ellen Clark (second from left, in red) joined a tour of the Passaic County Institute of Technology with representatives of the Federal Republic of Germany during a day-long symposium on vocational education and the strong career possibilities modern manufacturing poses for New Jersey’s young people.
MORRISTOWN, N.J., NOVEMBER 8, 2013 – Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths (center) was joined by U.S Representative Rodney P.Frelinghuysen (left) in touring the Second Annual Morristown Stand Down, a two-day event cohosted by the Departmen tof Labor and Workforce Development where more than 200 needy veterans were linked with legal, health and employment services in just the first few hours.
Surf City, NJ, Oct-29-13 New Jersey Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths (white cap)along with fellow cabinet member Michele Brown (center at the end) helped to prepare and serve a meal to the first responders and volunteers that assisted in evacuating residents from their homes during Sandy today at the Volunteer Fire Department in Surf City. The Christie Administration marked the one-year since Superstorm Sandy hit to volunteer at numerous Sandy Service Day sites throughout the state. An estimated 10,000 New Jerseyans will benefit from the work completed at the fifty Sandy Service Day sites.
Newark, NJ Oct 28, 2013 -- Deputy Commissioner Aaron Fichtner (second from left) attended the ribbon cutting for Newark Jobs Connect with, left to right, Newark Workforce Investment Board Executive Director Nelida Valentin, Deputy Mayor for Economic and Housing Development Adam Zipkin, Grant Associates CEO Dale Grant and Paula Bailey, vice president of Grant Associates.
TRENTON, N.J., OCT. 24, 2013 – Governor Chris Christie joined Commissioner Wirths in a tour of Vac-U-Max in Belleville, where the Governor repeatedly praised the work of staff at the Department of Labor and Workforce Development for its anti-fraud efforts and sound fiscal management that is bringing the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund into solvency and absolving employers of a $211 million federal tax hike.
Trenton, NJ Oct.15, 2013 Commissioner Wirths and Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff, the Adjutant General of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, toured buildings and property impacted by Superstorm Sandy at the National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt. Most of the property and artifacts have been repaired by workers hired through a National Emergency Grant.Training Center
TRENTON, N.J., OCT. 11, 2013 Christie Administration Honors Manufacturing Company For Work In Superstorm Sandy Recovery
NEWARK, N.J., OCT. 4, 2013 New Jersey Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths (2nd left) commemorated National Manufacturing Day and kicked off ManufactureNJ Week at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark. Commissioner Wirths presented a proclamation from Governor Christie during the event to Raymond Vaccari (left), director of the ManufactureNJ Talent Network; Dr. Joel Bloom (2nd right), president of NJIT; and Dr. Gale Spak (right), associate vice president, Continuing and Distance Education, NJIT.
Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Bob Hurley (center) gives a motivational speech during a meeting of the Jersey Job Club at the East Orange One-Stop Career Center.
New Jersey Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths (right) greets Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Bob Hurley (left). Coach Hurley gave a motivational speech during a meeting of the Jersey Job Club at the East Orange One-Stop Career Center. Retired NBA Player Anthony Avent (seated behind the desk), who played with Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark and Seton Hall University before his six season professional career also greeted the members of the Jersey Job Club.
EAST ORANGE, N.J., Sept. 24, 2013 Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Bob Hurley (center) gives a motivational speech during a meeting of the Jersey Job Club at the East Orange One-Stop Career Center. He was joined by Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths (front, far right of photo) and retired NBA Player Anthony Avent (seated behind and to the right of Coach Hurley), who played with Malcolm X Shabazz High School in Newark and Seton Hall University before his six season professional career.
August 27, 2013 Trenton, NJ - Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno cut the ribbon on the new expansion at Distek Inc. of North Brunswick, a leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical laboratory testing equipment. Joining her, from left to right, were Jeff Seely of Distek, Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths, Distek President Jeff Brinker, Distek founders Gerry and Pearl Brinker, Assemblyman Upendra J. Chivukula, MIDJersey Chamber of Commerce President Robert Prunetti, (right of Lt. Governor) North Brunswick Mayor Francis Womack III and Steven Cacamese of Distek.
PALISADES INTERSTATE PARK, N.J., AUG. 15, 2013 Commissioner Wirths toured the historic Palisades Interstate Park, where Trail Supervisor Christina Fehre and 11 men hired through a National Emergency Grant have been spearheading a clean-up and restoration effort resulting from the destruction brought by Superstorm Sandy. The dumpster included in some of the photos is one of just dozens filled by the workers with trash and debris they removed from the park.
RANDOLPH, N.J., July 26, 2013 - New Jersey Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths (long sleeve blue shirt) greets campers at the Harbor Hills Day Camp in Randolph, Morris County. Commissioner Wirths visited the camp to highlight the important role summer camps play in employing young people in New Jersey and boosting local economies. The young campers also entertained the commissioner with two camp songs during the visit.
MORRISTOWN, NJ, JULY 23, 2013 New Jersey Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths (standing in front of the class) addresses Atlantic Health System workers enrolled in the Basic Skills Workforce Training Program. The program, a joint effort of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, and the New Jersey Community College Consortium, assists businesses in upgrading the basic skills of their employees.
Trenton, NJ Jun-26-13 First Lady Mary Pat Christie is joined by Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Hal Wirths and Adjutant General Michael L. Cunniff at the Hackettstown Armory for the announcement of the New Jersey Heroes Heart of a Hero scholarship for military service members from the Garden State. The program is in partnership with Walmart, which is providing $50,000 for ten $5,000 scholarships.
EAST RUTHERFORD, JUNE 22, 2013 Veteran service representatives from the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) met with hundreds of veterans during the Hiring Our Heroes job fair held at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. Pictured above (L-R) is Veronica Jones, Veterans Representative in the New Brunswick One-Stop Career Center; and Michael Laun, State Veterans Program Coordinator. LWD has 40 staff members dedicated to helping veterans find employment.
ATLANTIC CITY, JUNE 20, 2013 – New Jersey Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths (right) visits the historic James Candy Company to highlight the candy manufacturer’s $33,600 Skills4Jersey training grant. Above, Frank Glaser (left), President, James Candy Company, gives Commissioner Wirths a tour of the manufacturing operation.
ATLANTIC CITY, JUNE 20, 2013 – New Jersey Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths visits the historic James Candy Company to highlight the candy manufacturer’s $33,600 Skills4Jersey training grant. Standing left to right is: Commissioner Wirths; Frank Glaser, President, James Candy Company; and Chris Reese, senior account manager, New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP), which trained James Candy employees in courses including lean manufacturing, industrial manufacturing technology, and quality control technology.
|TRENTON, N.J. JUNE 17, 2013 New Jersey Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths (left) joined by Debbie Hart (center), President and CEO of BioNJ; and Assistant Labor Commissioner Jeffrey Stoller (right) launch Life Sciences Week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony during the International BioPartnering Conference held at the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village. Life Sciences Week, organized by the state Life Sciences Talent Network through BioNJ, runs June 17 through June 21, 2013.|
VOORHEES, N.J. JUNE 11, 2013 – New Jersey State Labor Commissioner Harold Wirths was the featured speaker at a Meet the Policymakers event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) in Voorhees. Pictured L-R is Kathleen Davis, Executive VP & COO of CCSNJ; Ray MacDowell, Asst. Business Mgr., Local 322 Plumbers & Pipefitters; Debra DiLorenzo, President & CEO of CCSNJ; James Kehoe, Business Mgr., Local 322 Plumbers & Pipefitters; Commissioner Wirths; Ian Meklinsky, Esq., Fox Rothschild, LLP; Jerry Hampton, Major Accounts Specialist, Primepoint, LLC; Patricia Smith, Esq.,Ballard Spahr, LLP; Patrick Breslin, Director Legislative Affairs, New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance Group.
VOORHEES, N.J. JUNE 11, 2013 – New Jersey State Labor Commissioner Harold Wirths (center) announced the addition of two new Talent Networks: Recovery, and Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism during a Meet the Policymakers event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) in Voorhees. The Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Talent Network will be shared between Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in North Jersey and the Richard Stockton College in South Jersey. Pictured with Commissioner Wirths are the leaders from Stockton College: Robert McNeill, Director, School of Graduate and Continuing Studies; and Caitlyn Bradley, Director, Talent Network.
VOORHEES, N.J. JUNE 11, 2013 – New Jersey State Labor Commissioner Harold Wirths (right) announced the addition of two new Talent Networks: Recovery, and Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism during a Meet the Policymakers event hosted by the Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) in Voorhees. Ocean County College will lead the Recovery New Jersey Talent Network. Pictured with Commissioner Wirths is Michael Forcella, Project Director of the Recovery NJ Talent Network.
CRANBURY, N.J., JUNE 7, 2013 Commissioner Harold J. Wirths was led on a tour of Pearson
Education in Cranbury by Glenn Cipriani, Vice President of Distribution. Also on the tour were, far left, Frank Robinson of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association and, far right, Lynn Coopersmith of Mercer County Community College. Pictured behind Ms. Coopersmith is Sivaraman “Anbar” Anbarasan of the New Jersey
AVENEL, N.J., MAY 31, 2013 Commissioner Harold J. Wirths toured Vantage Apparel of Avenel with (center) company President Ira Neaman and (right) Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac. The company, which was shut down for three days by Superstorm Sandy, received a Recovery4Jersey training grant from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
ASBURY PARK, N.J. MAY 28, 2013 – Commissioner Harold J. Wirths shook hands and
spoke briefly with President Obama in Asbury Park on Tuesday, May 28, as Governor
Chris Christie and the president toured Jersey Shore spots, urging tourists to hit the beach
this summer and help New Jersey’s recovery from Superstorm Sandy.
SEA GIRT, N.J. MAY 16, 2013 – New Jersey Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths (right)
and Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff (left), the Adjutant General of the New Jersey Department
of Military and Veterans Affairs (left) survey memorabilia at the National Guard Militia
Museum of New Jersey that was damaged by Superstorm Sandy with Captain Vincent
Solomeno, Command Historian of the New Jersey National Guard . The Department
of Military and Veterans Affairs received part of the Labor Department’s National Emergency
Grant from the federal government to help clean up, rebuild, and restore the Sea Girt Armory.
SEA GIRT, N.J. MAY 16, 2013 – Labor Commissioner Hal Wirths (right) and Brig. Gen.
Michael Cunniff (right), the Adjutant General of the state Department of Military and Veterans
Affairs examine a British World War II Sten Gun (a submachine gun) at the National
Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey that was damaged by Superstorm Sandy. William
Bartleson (center), hired under the National Emergency Grant to help clean up, rebuild,
and restore the Sea Girt Armory, worked on the gun to restore it. Another worker hired
under the NEG, Robert Rudinski (background), also works at the museum restoring
memorabilia damaged by the storm.
MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J., MAY 8, 2013 - LWD Assistant Commissioner Mary
Ellen Clark speaks to business leaders about the Department’s Recovery4Jersey training
program during a New Jersey Business & Industry Association meeting.
BORDENTOWN, N.J. MAY 2, 2013 – The New Jersey Department of Labor and
Workforce Development partnered with the New Jersey State Building & Construction
Trades Council’s “Helmets to Hardhats” program and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
“Hiring Our Heroes” campaign for a veteran-focused job fair at the National Guard Armory
in Bordentown. Above New Jersey Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths (right) stands
with William T. Mullen, President of the New Jersey State Building & Construction Trades
LONG BRANCH, NJ, April 30, 2013 – Attendees at the awards ceremony included
(backrow, left to right) Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini, Lou Paparozzi, Eileen Higgins,
Commissioner Harold J. Wirths, John Andrews, Asbury Park Mayor Ed Johnson, Eric
Hotaling, Violeta Peters, Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley. Sitting: Assistant
Monmouth County Prosecutor Tom Huth, Barry Semple, and Deputy Director Freeholder
HAMILTON, N.J., April 29, 2013 - Commissioner Harold J. Wirths spoke at the Workers
Memorial Day Dinner on April 26, hosted by the Mercer County Central Labor Council at
the Stone Terrace in Hamilton on April 29. The dinner followed a mass held to honor people
killed on the job. Noting that New Jersey continues to maintain some of the nation’s
safest workplaces, the Commissioner said the Department of Labor and Workforce
Development focuses every day to educate and train workers to promote safe and healthy
workplaces, spread the message of workplace safety, enforce the safety provisions of our
laws for employers and workers and develops partnerships to build stronger and coordinated
labor-management approaches to make workplaces healthy and safe.
WOODBRIDGE, N.J., April 26, 2013 - Commissioner Harold J. Wirths joined members
of the New Jersey Industrial Safety Committee, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority
and family members of fallen and injured workers at the annual wreathe-presentation
ceremony hosted by the Turnpike Authority at its Woodbridge headquarters to recognize
Workers Memorial Day. Commissioner Wirths spoke of health and safety practices,
and the LWD’s enforcement efforts, at the ceremony held on April 26. Workers Memorial
Day, officially observed annually on April 28 since 1989, calls attention to the extent
of workplace accidents and illnesses.
TRENTON, N.J., APRIL 25, 2013 – Acting Governor Kim Guadagno and New Jersey
Labor Commissioner Hal Wirths (center) greet participants at the kick-off of the U.S. Chamber
of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes job fair held in Camden at the Susquehanna Bank Center.
TRENTON, N.J., APRIL 25, 2013 – New Jersey Labor Commissioner Hal Wirths
(with microphone) joined Acting Governor Kim Guadagno (left) to kick off the U.S. Chamber
of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes job fair held in Camden at the Susquehanna Bank Center.
Standing center is Camden County Deputy Freeholder Director Edward McDonnell.
TRENTON, N.J., April 24, 2013 - Commissioner Harold J. Wirths spoke to students of the
Business Department at The College of New Jersey on April 24 about the Department of
Labor and Workforce Development stopping $232 million in fraud since he arrived in Trenton
and programs that helped the job-growth in New Jersey since Governor Chris Christie
came into office.
GLASSBORO, N.J., APRIL 22, 2013 – Dr. Aaron Fichtner, Deputy Commissioner
of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development reads a proclamation
from Governor Chris Christie to Maxine Ballen, President/CEO of the New Jersey Technology
Council, proclaiming the week of April 22, 2013, as Technology and Entrepreneurship
Week. Dr. Fichtner helped to kick off the inaugural observance that was held on the campus
of Rowan University.
PARAMUS, N.J., APRIL 12, 2013 – One of the 13 graduates from a model New Jersey
manufacturing training program at Bergen Community College shakes Mary Ellen Clark’s hand.
Clark, an Assistant Commissioner with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce
Development (LWD) gave the keynote address at the graduation. LWD launched the Fabricated
Metal Product/CNC Machining Manufacturing Training Program a year ago in partnership
with the New Jersey Business and Industry Association and the New Jersey Community
College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., APRIL 8, 2013 – Dr. Aaron Fichtner (center), LWD Deputy
Commissioner, helps to kick off Health Care Industry Week on the New Brunswick
campus of Rutgers University. Dr. Fichtner stands with Padma Arvind (right), Ph.D., M.B.A,
director of the Health Care Talent Network, as they tour a “medical village” set up in the Rutgers
Student Center. Above, Lorraine Nelson (left), registered respiratory therapist with Saint Peter’s
University Hospital, demonstrates how the lungs function. Various health care stations
staffed by St. Peter’s professionals demonstrated advances in technology and conversed
about careers in the industry.
SOMERSET, N.J. MARCH 21, 2013 – Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths (left) and
Human Services Commissioner Jennifer Velez (right) spoke at Association of People
Supporting EmploymentFirst Conference at the The DoubleTree Somerset Hotel & Executive
Meeting Center in Somerset on March 22, where they jointly accepted the organization’s
“Special Tribute Award” on behalf of Governor Chris Christie. Holding the award (center) is
Mary Lopatosky, who attended the conference and who stood with the Governor in 2011
when he declared New Jersey an Employment First state.
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. MARCH 21, 2013 – New Jersey Labor and Workforce
Development (LWD) Commissioner Harold J. Wirths kicks off the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
“Hiring Our Heroes” job fair held on the campus of Rider University in Lawrenceville.
More than 80 employers were on hand looking to hire veterans and military spouses.
Catherine Starghill (right), LWD Director of Workforce Field Services also attended the event.
VINELAND, N.J., MARCH 13, 2013 – Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths visited the
Richland Glass company today to present the Cumberland County manufacturer with a $48,000
Skills4Jersey training grant award. In the picture above Jack Carson (right), president of the
Richland Glass Company explains to Commissioner Harold J. Wirths (left) and Val Rappaport
(center), president of Manage Assist, how a machine processes glass from a liquid to a solid.
HILLSBOROUGH, N.J., MARCH 6, 2013 – Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths spoke
of the challenges posed by Super-storm Sandy and the impressive response by LWD staff as
he met business leaders of Somerset County during the Hillsborough 19th Economic &
Business Development Commission Business Social on March 6.
MAPLEWOOD, N.J., MARCH 1, 2013 - Commissioner Harold J. Wirths of the state
Department of Labor and Workforce Development (left) joined Essex County Executive
Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (center) in visiting workers hired through at National Emergency
Grant to clean up debris left behind by Hurricane Sandy at Essex County’s South Mountain
LONG BRANCH, N.J., FEBRUARY 27, 2013 - Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths talks
with a team of workers in Long Branch that were hired through a National Emergency Grant
to assist with Sandy recovery work. Commissioner Wirths toured the Long Branch and Union
Beach areas today with officials from Monmouth County and the U.S. Department of Labor.
SOMERVILLE, N.J., FEBRUARY 13, 2013 - Michael L. Cunniff, the Adjutant General
of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veteran Affairs, (center) and Catherine Starghill,
the LWD’s Director of Workforce Field Services (left), attended the Somerville veteran job
fair, which was a standing-room only event.
SPARTA, N.J., FEBRUARY 13, 2013 - Commissioner Harold J. Wirths toured the Sussex
County Technical School in Sparta, including the culinary class where students were
making and baking everything from Valentine's Day cookies to bagels.
NEWARK, N.J., FEBRUARY 6, 2013 - Commissioner Harold J. Wirths talked with (right)
LWD Business Representiative Chris Murphy and (center) Rich Fierson, a consultant
for Swissport USA, as the LWD joined the aviation ground service company in launching
a hiring fair to recruit 1,000 potential employees for Swssiport's new cargo operations
at Newark Liberty Airport.
JANUARY 30, 2013 - Labor Commissioner Harold J. Wirths stands on the second row
between Douglas Fisher, Secretary of Agriculture (left) and New Jersey Senate President
Stephen M. Sweeney (immediate right), and Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald
(far right). Commissioner Wirths was recognized at the Chamber of Commerce of Southern
New Jersey during its annual Legislative Reception.
TRENTON, N.J., JANUARY 22, 2013 - Commissioner Harold J. Wirths, center, visited workers
on a Sandy clean-up team in Hillsborough with several local officials, including Christine
Henderson Rose of the Greater Raritan Workforce Investment Board (next to the Commissioner)
and Mayor Frank DelCore (his back turned to camera).
MORRISTOWN, N.J., JANUARY 22, 2013 - Commissioner Harold J. Wirths (right)
toured the Morristown Stand-Down for homeless and impoverished veterans with (far left)
Tom Dresdner, President of the New Jersey Fallen Soldiers Foundation, and Carl Jablonski,
manager of the Dover One-Stop Career Center.
SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J., JANUARY 7, 2013 - Greg Lalevee, Vice President of the
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825, tutored Labor Commissioner
Harold J. Wirths on operating a crane during a tour of the union’s South Brunswick training
facility. In the background, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno chatted with William T. Mullen,
President of the New Jersey State Building & Construction Trades Council.