I often say that politicians spend too much time talking, and not enough time listening. That’s why we’ve been hard at work getting around the state listening about the issues New Jerseyans care about.
I was in Ocean County this past Saturday at the Holiday City Diner in Berkeley for “Coffee with Kim.” I spent the morning going table to table talking with residents about what was on their mind – not just their concerns and challenges, but also their ideas and suggestions. I couldn’t have been happier with the feedback I received – don’t be surprised if you see me at a diner for a “Coffee with Kim” in your town.
See you soon,
PS – Here are a few news clips about some recent activity:
We held Building a Better New Jersey Together’s kick-off event this past Thursday, and it could not have gone better. 450+ people packed every square inch of the room. It was great to see old friends, and meet many new ones. I found the discussion of ideas and proposals in our roundtable meeting to be extremely valuable.
But do you know what I enjoyed the most?
The energy and optimism we felt together.
That energy and optimism was obvious. And it was real. People were believing again. People were believing that hope is not lost in New Jersey. People were believing that we can overcome what’s in front of us if we band together to fight for what’s important.
On Thursday, you showed me that you’re up for the challenge. And I hope I showed you that I am, too.
Moving forward, let’s make sure we stay connected. Go to our website at www.BuildingABetterNJ.com and sign-up. Be sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter so we maintain our momentum.
We have a lot of work in front of us. In the coming weeks, we will be organizing policy groups to make sure that we don’t just talk about our state’s challenges…but that we develop the policies to lower taxes and make New Jersey more affordable, to grow our economy and help small businesses thrive here, and to reform the way we fund and provide education. But I didn’t want another day to pass without sharing my thanks for all you’ve done in helping us get off to such a strong start.
June 27th, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 17, 2016
Building a Better New Jersey Together (BBNJT) today announced the support of key leaders from the state’s private sector building trades and the formation of BBNJT’s Building Trades Advisory Council.
Representing a statewide constituency of thousands of hard-working men and women, the following building trades leaders announced their support of BBNJT:
- Eric Boyce, Business Manager, Plumbers United Association Local 24
- Patrick Delle Cava, Business Manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 102
- Greg Lalevee, President, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825
News of the formation of BBNJT’s Building Trades Advisory Council follows yesterday’s announcement of BBNJT’s Business Advisory Council.
“As Lieutenant Governor, I’ve fought hard to stimulate the economic growth that has spurred investment and development to provide better and more job opportunities to the hard-working men and women of our trades,” said Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, who serves as Honorary Chair of Building a Better New Jersey Together. “We’re excited to work with Eric, Pat and Greg on BBNJT’s Building Trades Advisory Council to continue making New Jersey a better place for our working families.”
“The interests of our state’s building trades and business communities are intertwined and both focused on economic development and job growth,” noted Guadagno. “I’m encouraged that we are building such an early network of support within these groups, and we will rely on their friendship and counsel as we continue to look for new ways to grow our state’s economy and create more, good-paying jobs.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 16,2016
Citing Building a Better New Jersey Together’s (BBNJT) commitment to pursuing new ways to grow the State’s economy and help small businesses succeed, eight of New Jersey’s top business leaders today announced their support for the organization and were named as members of BBNJT’s Business Advisory Council.
The members of BBNJT’s Business Advisory Council represent a diverse, statewide constituency and include:
- Paul A. Boudreau
- Thomas A. Bracken
- Debra P. DiLorenzo
- John Galandak
- John E. Harmon, Sr.
- Carlos A. Medina
- Robert Prunetti
- Michele N. Siekerka
Today’s announcement of BBNJT’s Business Advisory Council follows news that all 21 Republican County Chairs will be serving as Members of BBNJT’s Honorary Host Committee at the organization’s kick-off event on June 23rd.
“Our organization is thrilled to have the support of such a wide and deep cross-section of business leaders, and I believe the support is recognition of our success in making New Jersey more business-friendly,” noted Lieutenant Governor Guadagno, who serves as Honorary Chair of Building a Better New Jersey Together. “We have cut more than 3,000 pages of red tape from the State Register, created a one-stop-shop to help small businesses better access support and services, and have worked hard to serve as a partner for New Jersey’s business community. But our work is not done, and we are committed to working with our Business Advisory Council to develop the ideas that will continue to make New Jersey a better place to do business.”
“I am proud to serve on BBNJT’s Board of Directors because as someone with a business based in this state, I know firsthand that New Jersey hasn’t always made it easy over the years to succeed here,” noted Jerry Langer, who serves as Chief Commercial Officer of Langer Transport Corporation, a third-generation family-run business headquartered in Jersey City. “However, our state has made great strides in creating a more business-friendly environment. With the support of these key business leaders, New Jersey is poised to continue to grow its position as an economic powerhouse in the region.”