NEW JERSEY (CBSNewYork)Gov. Phil Murphy and a coalition of CEOs from some of New Jersey’s largest companies announced a new initiative to get the state back to work.

The coalition pledged to hire or train 30,000 residents and increase local spending over the next decade.

During a Zoom conference Thursday, Murphy said the group is focused on equity and diversity.

“The hiring comes with a focus on historically under represented communities of color and other traditionally undeserved communities, and this is a potential game changer for those communities and individuals,” Murphy said.

The coalition is challenging others in the business community to produce an additional 40,000 jobs and $250 million in local purchases.

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