He made it abundantly clear that he has a refreshing “fight-for-Jersey” attitude.
We will need the enthusiasm and the inclusive vision our new governor described and demonstrated Tuesday.
We also need him to take decisive action in the short term to kick-start our economy and show he is serious about building on our economic momentum. He can:
- Expedite road, bridges and mass transportation projects.
- Attack property taxes and many of the unnecessary and burdensome regulations that continue to impede economic growth.
- Make tax-incentive programs available to all businesses — not just to those considering a move to New Jersey or threatening to leave it.
Last Tuesday, Gov. Murphy spoke eloquently about a stronger, fairer New Jersey, which includes better jobs at higher wages, protecting the environment, supporting a $15 minimum wage, sick leave and equal pay. As these issues are discussed, we are asking for a seat at the table.
The best way to achieve his economic and his social vision is to create a robust state economy. The stronger the economy, the more that can be done.
That is why the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce consistently advocated for the fiscally sound actions that bipartisan leadership in Trenton recently made a reality — tax cuts, debt reduction, renewal of the Transportation Trust Fund, the Economic Opportunity Act and a substantial reduction in job-killing regulations.
The 1,000 member companies of the New Jersey chamber and the business community across the state stand ready to partner with the new administration to help again make our state a national economic leader, and provide opportunities for everyone.
No one in New Jersey should have to settle for just getting by.