TRENTON – Senate President Steve Sweeney continued his “Small Business Listening Tour” of New Jersey today with a visit to Ali’s Liquor Warehouse in Perth Amboy. The tour is designed to better understand the needs of New Jersey’s small businesses during these difficult economic times. As he travels across the state, the Senate President will hear from local business owners, workers and constituents about what they feel can help best get New Jersey’s economy, currently one of the worst performing in the nation, moving again.
Senate President Sweeney, along with state Sen. Joe Vitale (D-Middlesex) and Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz, stopped at Ali’s Liquor Warehouse, where he met with owner Ali Radda. Ali’s has been in business for 7 years and currently has six employees.
“As President Obama noted in his State of the Union, the best way to get this country moving is to bolster the middle class and help our small businesses,” said Sweeney. “Government is not going to have all the answers and sometimes we need to just get out of the way. But this tour has allowed me to find out what, specifically, we can do to help.”
To date, the Senate President has visited nine small businesses throughout New Jersey, with stops in Wall, Atlantic City, Paramus, Hamilton, Robbinsville, the City of Burlington, Ewing and Perth Amboy, and additional stops are planned.
In addition to hearing the concerns of small business owners, the Senate President is promoting and highlighting the ‘Jersey Shore Is Open for Business’ campaign, an initiative to help New Jersey residents find which stores and businesses are open in the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. The project is being done in conjunction with the New Jersey Restaurant and New Jersey Retail Merchants Associations, as well as the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Businesses currently open in the state’s shore region can be seen by going to the website http://www.visitthejerseyshore.com. Business owners looking to add their name to the site should contact the Jersey Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-732-244-9283.
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