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Quijano: Pulling Gift Cards from NJ Shelves is Not the Answer

(UNION) – Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) on Thursday called on American Express, the Legislature and Gov. Christie to come together and work on a better resolution that will not disadvantage residents and retailers, following the company’s decision to pull its gift cards from New Jersey businesses because of changes made by the governor to the state’s unclaimed property law.

“There must be a better way to address this than to leave New Jersey hanging.

“Many of our low-income residents use gift cards to pay bills. This decision inconveniences our residents and deals a financial blow to New Jersey’s retailers in a time when most are struggling.

“When you take in the impact to the state from the loss of revenue, everyone loses.

“It’s time for the governor and everyone to come together and find a solution that will serve the interests of consumers, the state and the company.”