By Darryl R. Isherwood | January 28th, 2013 - 12:28pm
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Former Gov. Brendan Byrne will attend his 50th New Jersey Chamber of Commerce 'Walk to Washington this week' according to a spokesman for the chamber.

To date, the popular Byrne has attended 49 of the total of 75 trips sponsored by the chamber that brings hundreds of politicos together for the trip to Washington, D.C., for the annual congressional delegation dinner.

“You get the knack of it after a while, and you let the other people walk,” he said in a statement released by the chamber.

Byrne first attended the trip in 1956, but admits he missed a few while he served as a Superior Court judge. “I couldn’t afford it!” he said.

His fondest memory came during one of his first trips when he was “a nobody” and he was seated next to U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. “I thought that was a great privilege.”

“If you want to meet people and you want to know what’s going on in New Jersey, you go on the Chamber’s Walk to Washington,”  Byrne said. “There’s a built in camaraderie.”

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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran

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