Newark - U.S. Senator Robert Menendez met with thirteen Korean American New Jersey residents, leaders in their communities, to discuss issues of their concern and hear their input on possible solutions. The meeting took place in Senator Menendez's Newark office. Participants from all walks of life, small business owners, leaders in community, educational and religious organizations, lawyers and artists, came together for a discussion intended to improve the quality of life of the Korean American community in New Jersey.

"It was a pleasure to host so many prominent members of the thriving Korean American community in New Jersey and I was pleased that we were able to discuss the issues that concern them face to face," said U.S. Senator Robert Menendez. "Korean Americans in New Jersey have established numerous small businesses that create jobs, and have weathered the storm of the financial crisis. I learned firsthand where their priorities lie and so I can work on supporting them on the federal level."

The topics of discussion included: jobs, small business, U. S. relations with North and South Korea, and immigration policy.