A Letter from Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno

This summer brought some great news for New Jersey taxpayers: unemployment continues to decline and more businesses are calling New Jersey home, which means more jobs, greater investment into New Jersey communities and lower unemployment. Today, our unemployment is at 5.7 percent— the lowest rate in seven years and a far cry from its high of nearly 10 percent in January 2010 when Governor Christie and I took office. There is still more work to do, but our hard work is paying off.

One industry that we’ve paid particular attention to is bioscience and technology. Earlier this summer, I joined other members of the Partnership for Action at the Bio International Convention in Philadelphia to show biotech and STEM-related firms the benefits of doing business in New Jersey. Our efforts to woo these companies are working:  Scynexis Inc., a pharmaceutical company, announced in July that it will relocate from North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park to Jersey City.

We’ve had some great announcements this summer that show the range of businesses we’ve been able to attract and retain: Amazon, JP Morgan Chase, Holtec International, and AeroFarms, to name a few. With your help and support, we’re moving New Jersey in the right direction.

Kim Guadagno
Lt. Governor

In May, Lt. Governor Guadagno joined Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics in Flanders for the dedication of its new expanded manufacturing plant. Over the next ten years, the facility will lead to the creation of 525 new jobs – approximately 100 of which are already in place. Notably, 16% of the new employment opportunities have been filled by veterans.

"When we heard that Siemens wanted to expand its operations, the Business Action Center (BAC) and I worked to ensure that the expansion took place here in New Jersey. We developed a plan to make the numbers work for the company, and BAC coordinated with the Department of Labor to help Siemens recruit New Jersey employees," said Lt. Governor Guadagno.

The New Jersey Military Installation Growth and Development Task Force this summer released its final report, which puts forth a path for securing the long-term growth and viability of New Jersey’s military bases and U.S. Coast Guard installations.  Together, New Jersey’s military installations and activities are the state’s largest employer, directly and indirectly supporting more than 73,000 jobs and adding $6.5 billion to the Gross Domestic Product.

“The State must take all reasonable steps to fortify our military bases, and it must take them now.  New Jersey must demonstrate with a unified voice that it is military friendly and that the retention of missions not only makes strategic sense, but also makes economic sense,” said Lt. Governor Guadagno, who serves as the Chair of the Task Force.  “This is not a Republican or Democrat issue or a red or blue issue.  It’s a red, white and blue issue on which we all can agree.  Only together can we protect the military bases that provide so much to our communities.”

Department of State Spotlight:
The Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development

The Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development (CHPRD) was established in 1975 to empower and provide financial support and technical assistance to primarily Hispanic community-based organizations throughout New Jersey.  In addition to grants and entrepreneurship programs, CHPRD also administers the Governor’s Hispanic Fellows Program, which exposes college students to career opportunities in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Hispanics make up nearly 18% of New Jersey’s population and are New Jersey’s and the nation’s largest minority group.  In July, Lt. Governor Guadagno attended the Peruvian Independence Day Parade in Passaic, marking the 194th anniversary of Peruvian Independence Day. 

More information on CHPRD is available on its website at: http://www.state.nj.us/state/programs/dos_program_chprd.html.

Lt. Governor Guadagno signed seven bills into law this summer, including a package of three bills aimed at protecting New Jersey's beekeeping industry, a traffic safety bill, and two bills designed to cut red tape.

During the summer, Lt. Governor Guadagno joined New Jersey’s Mission of Honor (NJMOH) on two occasions to inter the cremated remains of 20 veterans at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

NJMOH is a non-profit that works with hospitals, funeral homes, crematoriums, veterans’ homes and other organizations to identify and inter the remains of veterans that have been unclaimed since cremation. Including the veterans interred at today’s ceremony, NJMOH has reunited more than 250 veterans’ remains with their families and interred 188 veterans’ remains.

Supporting NJ’s Third Largest Industry

For the second summer in a row, Lt. Governor Guadagno highlighted the Garden State’s $42 billion tourism industry through the “Tourism Tuesday” initiative.

For 2015, the Lt. Governor took to social media and encouraged residents to post photos, comments and recommendations for their favorite tourism spots.

This summer’s highlights included: a walk through Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, throwing out the first pitch at a Trenton Thunder game, riding the new roller coaster at Six Flags, playing vintage pinball games at Silver Ball in Asbury Park, watching sharks and penguins at Adventure Aquarium in Camden and exploring Auburn Road Winery in Salem County.


Celebrating NJ’s Nurses

Praising the dedicated service of New Jersey’s nurses, Lt. Governor Guadagno joined nurses, doctors and clinical staff at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck this spring as she signed a proclamation declaring May 6 through 12 as Nurses Week in New Jersey.


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