STATE—With Labor Day behind us and the November elections fast approaching, New Jersey’s leading small business association—the National Federation of Independent Business—has launched a campaign to help focus voter attention on Saving New Jersey jobs.
“We want to make sure that this election is about jobs and the economy, not the negative ads and personal attacks we’ve all seen of late,” said NFIB state director Laurie Ehlbeck. “For small business, it’s the economy.”
Through a new web site, www.SaveNewJerseyJobs.com, New Jersey voters can get information on the candidates, compare their records, and see their plans for creating jobs and economic growth. The site contains a web ad on the state of the New Jersey economy and will contain a voting record to show where the candidates stand on issues important to small business.
Ehlbeck said New Jersey’s economy has shed more than 128,000 jobs in the last three-and-a-half years, and voters are keenly aware of the importance this election will have for the future. For small business, the stakes could not be any higher. Small businesses traditionally create two out of every three new jobs, but with higher taxes, fees and mandates heaped on them in recent years, small business job growth has ground to a halt.
“Small business owners in New Jersey are trapped in a vice,” said Ehlbeck. “On one side are the pressures of the national economy, along with higher healthcare and energy costs, and on the other side is a state government squeezing them with higher taxes and fees.
“The result has been an economic recovery projected to lag behind the rest of the nation, and more of our young people fleeing New Jersey for jobs and opportunities in other states.”
Recent reports have indicated that union bosses plan to spend millions of dollars in the closing weeks of the campaign to influence the outcome of the election in favor of those candidates protecting the status quo of more state spending and higher taxes. Ehlbeck said it is vital for small business owners to band together to help counter this influence, educating friends, family and workers on the issues important to getting New Jersey back to work.
“Small business owners don’t have the million dollar campaign war chests that union bosses have pledged to utilize this fall, but they do have a powerful voice in their communities,” said Ehlbeck. “Our goal in the weeks ahead is to unite that voice, and activate employers across New Jersey in a campaign to turn our economy around and save New Jersey jobs.”
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