A Letter from Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno

When I started my first term as Lt. Governor, unemployment in New Jersey was almost 10%. This was unacceptable. Today, we are down to 4.7% unemployment, which is up .3% from last month, but still below the national average.  New Jersey employers added an additional 22,000 jobs in March, making March the best single month for job growth since February 1996.

But, I am not taking anything for granted.

I embarked on a “100 Business, Business Tour” in 2011, visiting businesses and learning about how we could help them grow and thrive in New Jersey. With that in mind, I am visiting businesses once again, embarking on the “We’re In It Together” business roundtable tour. My first stop was Berkeley Township, continuing on to Woodbridge, and most recently Robbinsville. During 2016 I will be holding roundtables all across the state highlighting our State’s economic comeback, while giving community business leaders a chance to be heard.

The opportunities for government and the community to work together to build a better business environment in New Jersey are endless. There is still a fight to be had to keep thriving and successful businesses here in New Jersey; I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work once again.

Kim Guadagno
Lt. Governor

“We’re In It Together” Business Roundtable Tour

My first stop to visit local businesses and communities for 2016 was held in Berkeley Township. In the meeting was myself, Mayor Carmen Amato, and local business leaders exemplifying how businesses and communities can work together to create successful partnerships.

My second stop on the roundtable tour was Woodbridge Township with Mayor John McCormac and local business leaders.

My most recent roundtable was held in Robbinsville with Mayor Dave Fried, where we discussed about how we can make doing business in New Jersey easier.

Jimmy’s Cookies grand opening in Clifton, New Jersey. The company received a $7.5 million GrowNJ grant, and was able to relocate to a larger facility keep 43 employees and create 80 more jobs.

Patella Woodworking grand opening in Passaic County, New Jersey. Patella relocated from Orangeburg, New York, retaining all 70 of their jobs while creating 100 more, pulling from the skilled workforce in New Jersey.
Axtria grand opening in Berkley Heights, New Jersey. Axtria expanded their business and created 75 new jobs, while keeping current 100 employees right where they belong in New Jersey.

My new initiative: “Reach as You Rise”

Sitting down with women who have found success in New Jersey; unveiling their stories of how they got to where they are and what advice they can give to young people who are working their way to the top.
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