RED BANK (September 29, 2017): The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), New Jersey’s leading small business advocacy group, endorsed candidates for Senate and Assembly in the 11th legislative district yesterday evening at an event in Monmouth County. Receiving the support of the small business community were Senator Jennifer Beck as well as Assembly candidates Robert Acerra and Michael Whelan
“The stakes are high in the 11th district, and it is imperative that small business owners readily support Senator Jennifer Beck and her running mates,” according to NFIB New Jersey State Director, Laurie Ehlbeck. “Senator Beck has been an ardent supporter of the small business community in New Jersey and has repeatedly proven that she is willing to stand tough and remain focused on improving the financial integrity of the state. She has been a voice of reason in the Senate at even the most difficult times, and we take tremendous pride in standing with her through this election.”
The endorsements in the 11th district were announced by the NFIB NJ PAC, the organization’s political action committee. The PAC endorses candidates that have previously demonstrated a willingness to support New Jersey small business owners, thereby protecting the families, employees, and communities that depend on them. Beck’s endorsement was based on her 100% score on NFIB’s voting record in the Senate last legislative session.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of NFIB New Jersey not just as a small business owner myself, but as an advocate for the job creators of our state. I have first-hand experience with the challenges facing many of our entrepreneurs. Whether it meant standing up to the Governor on the billion dollar gas tax hike, fighting against increased property taxes, pushing to lower the cost of government, or reducing the number of regulations placed upon small businesses, I have always placed the best interest of our job creators over the special interest groups that have hijacked Trenton,” said Senator Jennifer Beck. “I have a long record of supporting policies aimed at lowering the cost of doing business in the State of New Jersey. I take tremendous pride in having supported changes to the single sales factor formula, reforming the loss carryover policy, providing for a 25% reduction on the minimum S-Corp tax, and repealing the TEFA tax on energy.”
Beck’s running mates, Acerra and Whelan completed a candidate questionnaire sent by the NFIB NJ PAC to non-incumbents. Their responses garnered them the full support of the small business community for the upcoming Fall election.
“Once elected to the General Assembly, I plan to prioritize job growth and economic prosperity through sound policy decisions,” said Assembly Candidate Robert Acerra. “Small businesses are the backbone of industry here in Monmouth County, and I look forward to working closely with NFIB NJ to ensure that they are protected.”
Small business owners and their employees vote in large numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members, and acquaintances to go to the polls.
“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of NFIB for my candidacy to the New Jersey State Assembly. Controlling property taxes, cutting red tape for businesses, and providing incentives to create jobs are my goals for my tenure in the legislature. I remain committed to working with NFIB to promote policies that encourage hiring, growth, and stability,” concluded Assembly Candidate Michael Whelan.