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A State of Constant Gardening
Members of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey - it's a luxury for me to be here today. I say that in the spirit of Ralph Waldo Emerson's observation that 'it's a luxury to be understood.' However, any complex but worthwhile process - like pharmaceutical discovery - must be defined and defended with vigor, so I'd like to add the thought that understanding is a luxury you earn.
Therefore as a member of an industry often misunderstood, I hope to earn some understanding today by talking about what we do right, what we do wrong, and what we're doing to improve.
It's appropriate to speak about this in the "Garden State." When Governor Meyner vetoed that nickname in 1954, he noted that 98 percent of New Jersey citizens didn't work in agriculture. But the legislature overrode his veto, approved the nickname, and made the point that a garden state can 'grow' more than fruits and vegetables. It can grow commerce and industry, too.