NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ-PlanSmart NJ’s economic development conference here Friday was subtitled, “what no one is telling you about the future of New Jersey,” and the message that emanated from a series of panel discussions was that the state has all the tools to succeed. It just doesn’t have a focus in terms of planning.

“We want to minimize discussion of our problems,” said Joseph Maraziti, a partner in the Short Hills-based law firm of Maraziti Falcon & Healey, in his opening remarks. Maraziti is a board member of PlanSmart NJ, a Trenton-based regional planning group. The reference, of course, was to the negative press the state has been garnering recently regarding its economy and business climate.

“We’ve talked enough about our problems,” Maraziti told the audience of government officials, planners and business leaders. “We’re here to talk about solutions. There is a sense of urgency about the future of New Jersey, we’re rapidly approaching build-out, the margins of error are extremely narrow and it affects everything. We need to solve our problems collaboratively and cohesively.”

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