Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Union) issued the following comment on the newly released New Jersey Business and Industry Association Business Outlook Survey showing business confidence at a 5 year high and businesses' outlook on the state's economy the highest in eight years:
When businesses are confident in their future here in New Jersey, they invest, expand, and create jobs here in New Jersey. This new data is a very positive sign for our state's economic recovery and for our ability to build on the 75, 000 plus private sector jobs that have been created since February 2010.
Under Governor Christie's leadership and with Republicans united in the purpose of taking our state away from the ruinous tax, spend, and borrow policies of the past, job creators large and small are regaining their confidence in New Jersey as an affordable and worthwhile place to invest.
With a Governor willing to say "no" to government as usual in Trenton and Republican legislators pushing a shared reform agenda hard, businesses are increasingly feeling like they are "perfect together" with New Jersey. We certainly have more work to do in stabilizing state finances in order to give certainty to the business community.
Yesterday's hearing on the minimum wage, in which small business owners pleading with Democrats to work with toward a bill that was fair to both workers and businesses were ignored, shows that there are still those in Trenton who don't understand how jobs are created. But the path laid out for New Jersey's economy by Governor Christie and Senate Republicans is clearly yielding results.