TRENTON (January 9, 2018): In response to Governor Christie’s final State of the State Address, the following statement may be attributed to National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) New Jersey State Director, Laurie Ehlbeck:
The small business community will always be grateful for the service of both Governor Christie and Lieutenant Governor Guadagno. Part of their legacies will no doubt be the dramatic reduction of the regulatory burden on small business owners and their commitment to policies that encouraged growth and prosperity in the private sector.
We could not agree more with the Governor that reverting to the policies of the past will lead us immediately down a path that we cannot afford. The small business community has benefited from the arbitration and property tax caps that were implemented thanks to Governor Christie’s leadership, and we join him as taxpayers in imploring the legislature to ensure that the caps are reinstituted immediately.
Thanks to Governor Christie’s veto pen, taxpayers of New Jersey were able to save over 7 billion dollars, and we will certainly miss his willingness to always put fiscal responsibility of political expediency. In order for small business owners to create additional jobs, they must have confidence in their state and local governments. The onus will now be on the incoming administration to demonstrate that they are equally as willing to stabilize our state government as Governor Christie has been for the past eight years.