The NJCAR Executive Committee, Trustees and Staff want to take this opportunity to extend our warmest greetings to all members. The retail automotive industry continued to make great strides, leading the nation’s economic recovery in 2012. Unemployment, while still higher than many would like, continued to creep down in 2012.A variety of issues, from tax policy to the fate of the Affordable Care Act, came into greater focus with President Obama’s election to second term, although debate continues to rage in Washington about how to address everything from the nation’s debt, to healthcare, infrastructure spending, entitlements and much, much more. The election may be over, but the debates are only beginning.The end of 2012 saw New Jersey hit with one of the most severe Hurricanes ever to reach our State, impacting virtually everyone in New Jersey to some degree. Some lost everything, others suffered damage and millions were negatively impacted, primarily by extended power outages.Sales were up again in 2012 and are expected to continue their climb in 2013, as pent-up demand by consumers looking to replace aging vehicles continues to drive sales. In addition to pent-up demand, those who lost vehicles as a result of Hurricane Sandy have also begun purchasing replacement vehicles.In 2013, all politics is local, with Governor Chris Christie seeking re-election against a yet-to-be-determined Democratic challenger.The NJ CAR Leadership and Staff will strive to identify and provide products, services and support that address the most urgent challenges facing New Jersey’s retail automotive industry. We appreciate the opportunity to be your advocate in Trenton and in Washington, D.C., and to serve the business needs of your dealership.On behalf of everyone at NJ CAR, Happy Holidays!