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Sweeney & Oliver: Governor Should Focus On Making NJ Attractive To Businesses Nationwide, Not Just To Those In The Hardest-Hit States

Legislative Leaders Urge Governor�s Action On �Back to Work NJ� Bills

TRENTON – Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver today said the governor, as he looks to lure companies from other states, could make New Jersey’s business climate immediately more attractive simply by signing the Legislature’s Back to Work NJ job creation and economic development package.

The legislative leaders said Governor Christie’s plan – as detailed today in The New York Times – to travel to Illinois soon “to start talking to businesses…and get them to come to New Jersey” would be greatly enhanced if he signed the job creation and economic development bills.

“Before he begins hop-scotching across the country making pitches to businesses in cash-strapped states, the governor should follow up on the Legislature’s work to improve our business climate and make our state attractive to companies everywhere,” said Sweeney (D-Gloucester/Cumberland/Salem). “If he really wants to lure companies to New Jersey, he can begin by signing the 30-plus job creation bills we sent to his desk in the past week. We need a solid path to economic recovery, not a haphazard plan that’s left to chance.”

“It’s nice to see the governor finally talking about jobs and economic development, but trying to attract companies to come to New Jersey and create jobs for working class residents must be a constant focus, not something done on a whim,” said Oliver (D-Essex). “Of course, the governor need not only look elsewhere to create jobs and economic growth. He can look down on his desk and sign our Back to Work NJ job creation and economic development package, which gives the state more tools to retain and attract businesses. Signing those bills can only help our efforts.”

The legislature passed a landmark “Back to Work NJ” bill package during two legislative voting sessions held on Jan. 6 and Jan. 10. The bills are designed to create jobs and jumpstart economic development throughout the state. They are currently awaiting the governor’s signature.

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