Assembly Democrats Bill Moen (D-Camden, Gloucester) and Valerie Vainieri Hutte (D-Bergen) urge New Jersey residents to support and utilize small businesses now that nearly all forms of business have been allowed to open. On Thursday, their Resolution affirming this was passed by the Assembly 72-0.
Currently, there are over 860,000 small businesses, which employ 1.8 million people in New Jersey. Due to COVID-19, the unemployment rate remains at 6.7% and the goal of Resolution (AR-170) is to directly combat that. COVID-19 has resulted in a significant loss for many industries and support of small business, especially now, will benefit New Jersey’s economy.
Assembly members Moen and Vainieri Huttle issued the following joint statement upon passage of the measure:
“Small businesses are the pillars of New Jersey’s economy. Our friends and families work tirelessly to run their companies and supply us with goods and services we need. We must support these staples in our communities and help local businesses thrive under the current, strenuous conditions.”