A special job fair was held today to help veterans find employment.

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Labor Commissioner Hal Wirths and New Jersey Adjutant General Michael Cunniff teamed up to create the event with the Essex County One-Stop Career Center  in West Orange.

Approximately 300 veterans, spouses, and their families attended today’s job fair at the West Orange National Guard Armory on Pleasant Valley Way, where about 40 employers set up interview tables, including Crestron Electric, Target, Lowes, Home Depot, New Jersey Transit, GE Healthcare, Peter Pan Bus and Prudential.

“Reservists, National Guardsmen and veterans who return from active duty are not immune to employment struggles that face our state and nation," General Cunniff says. "This job fair is another step in the right direction to ensure New Jersey veterans are afforded employment opportunities following their honorable and faithful service to our country."

Commissioner Wirths adds, “Today, we took a step toward fulfilling Governor Christie’s dedication to the men and women who have sacrificed on our behalf.”

Today’s event comes on the heels of a November 27th “Hire our Heroes” job fair in Toms River, where the Christie Administration partnered with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others to find employment opportunities for veterans who lost homes and jobs due to Hurricane Sandy.

Back in September, the Administration partnered with the Chamber to host the largest "Hiring Our Heroes" job fair in the nation, when more than 700 veterans connected with more than 120 employers at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton.