TRENTON—Republican Chris Christie picked up the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business, New Jersey’s leading small business association, today.
Christie and running mate Kim Guadagno received the grassroots endorsement of small business owners at Hough Petroleum, an NFIB member business in Trenton.
“Four years of tax hikes, fee increases, new mandates and job losses have pushed the small business community to the brink,” said NFIB state director Laurie Ehlbeck. “New Jersey small business owners want a new direction, and that starts with a new governor.”
Small businesses in New Jersey provide more than half of the state’s private-sector jobs, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
“Small business is the heart and soul of New Jersey’s economy, but right now small business owners are under assault,” said Ehlbeck. “We need a new team in Trenton dedicated to saving New Jersey jobs, and our members have made it loud and clear they want Chris Christie to lead that team as our next governor.”
Joe Kelly, of Kelly Enterprises in Bordentown said Corzine’s four years in office have meant higher taxes and expensive new mandates and red tape that have made it harder for small employers to run a business and create jobs.
“We need a governor that understands what makes sense on Wall Street doesn’t always make sense on Main Street,” said Kelly. “By any objective measurement, it’s clear that we aren’t better off than we were four years ago.
“We need a new governor committed to attracting and cultivating small business,” added Kelly. “Chris Christie is the right choice for small business, and he’s the right choice for New Jersey.”
Today’s endorsement puts the considerable grassroots support of the state’s small businesses behind the Christie campaign. Small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends and family members to go to the polls.
According to NFIB polling data, small business owners and their employees make up about 43 percent of registered voters in America. NFIB will encourage its members in New Jersey to help turn out the influential small business voting bloc on Election Day.
NFIB’s political support is based on the candidate’s position and record on small business issues.
The endorsements come from the NFIB/New Jersey SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, the political action committee for NFIB/New Jersey’s membership.
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