N.J. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas Bracken's
statement on Gov. Chris Christie's State of the State Address:
The governor's message is simple and direct. We are going to get New Jersey back to greatness.
The business community has felt the turnaround in New Jersey's business climate and the governor has challenged us to accelerate the momentum. We need to embrace that, and start immediately.
What better way to kick-start than to reduce taxes 10 percent across the board, which is a bold, courageous initiative to help set us apart from our competitor states.
The education reform outlined by the governor is also long overdue to strengthen New Jersey's education structure and maintain New Jersey's talented workforce.
This state has the potential to achieve new heights of greatness. The governor has a plan that can't be achieved without leadership. We have a great leader and we have a strong Legislature, both of whom have proven they can work in a bipartisan, collaborative manner. It is now up to us, the business community, to work with the administration and the Legislature to help execute the plan.
The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce is a business advocacy organization that represents its members on a wide range of business and education issues. Based in Trenton, the organization also links the state's local and regional chambers on issues of importance through its grassroots legislative network. For more information, visit www.njchamber.com.