New Jersey Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean issued the following statement on today’s Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee meeting which will focus on job creation and economic growth:
“For the past decade, Republicans across the state have been calling for, and proposing, policies that would create jobs and opportunities for middle-class New Jerseyans. For years, Republicans have been asking for tax incentives for small business and other business friendly policies like the single sales factor that were just recently signed into law by Governor Christie.
“Instead, Trenton politicians have pursued policies that discourage job growth and have driven small businesses out of state by raising taxes over 115 times. Until Governor Christie was elected, New Jersey was consistently ranked as the state ‘most unfriendly’ to business.“From the moment Governor Christie took office he has been advocating for economic development, by proposing initiatives that would attract and retain jobs in New Jersey. For the past twenty months the Governor’s plan has created jobs and new opportunities for thousands of middle-class families. In fact, New Jersey has finally moved out of the cellar in the most recent rankings of business-friendly states.
“Of course, much more needs to be done to create jobs and opportunities to return New Jersey to its former prosperity. I congratulate the Trenton Democrats for recognizing that their past policies have damaged the state’s economy and made the state uncompetitive in the region. I look forward to working with them to adopt the Governor’s plan and to create permanent, private sector jobs so that everyone in New Jersey can enjoy the American dream.”