Obama Visits Edison To Speak With Small Business Owners

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EDISON – Hundreds of people — a mix of supporters and protesters — came out this afternoon, hoping to catch a glimpse of President Barack Obama  when he came to Edison.

The President visited Tastee Sub Shop, located at 267 Plainfield Avenue, and met with several local small business owners, including Dave Thornton, co-owner of eatery. Thornton and his business partner, Carl Padavano, met in school and worked in the Edison sub shop since they were teens. They opened a second Tastee Sub Shop together in South Brunswick, and Thornton opened a third location in Lawrenceville with his two sons.

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Theo Mastorakos, owner of a family-run Italian restaurant named Mama Roxy’s in Rochelle Park, Tom and Catherine Horsburgh, owners of Ridgid Paper Tub Corporation in Wayne, and Brian Bovio, operations manager of Bovio Advanced Comfort & Energy Solutions in Sicklerville, also met with the President.

Obama’s visit came as he is trying to promote small business legislation currently under consideration in the U.S. Senate. The President’s small business jobs proposal would provide smaller banks with capital and incentives to lend to small businesses to allow them to expand. It would also support state initiatives to make it easier for small businesses to borrow and create tax incentives to promote small business growth.

Anna Little, a Republican Congressional candidate, held a press conference earlier in the day at a nearby Burger King to criticize Obama’s economic policies and their effect on New Jersey.

New Jersey’s unemployment rate was 9.6 percent last month. The state has lost 85,600 jobs since Obama took office in January 2009, though it has added 4,000 private sector jobs so far this year.

Note: An earlier version of this story was published with an improperly captioned photo. NJTODAY.NET regrets the error.


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