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(TRENTON) – Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver released the following statements Thursday as Gov. Chris Christie joined a Fox News Channel commentator for a discussion on the economy:
SWEENEY (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland):
“It is telling that the panel Governor Christie is appearing with is headlined by the CEO’s of large scale corporations, even though it is small businesses that are the backbone of our economy and the state’s leading employers.
“Instead of polishing his national conservative credentials by appearing with big business leaders on Fox, the Governor should head back to Trenton and sign the 30 bills on his desk that would actually do something to help businesses large and small create jobs and get the economy moving.”
OLIVER (D-Essex/Passaic):
“The time for sitting around and chatting about job creation and economic development is long past over.
“Democrats were way ahead of the governor in recognizing that jobs and the economy are of vital importance to the people of New Jersey. That’s why we took strong action to jumpstart our economy with a sweeping legislative package to spark job creation.
“Unfortunately, those bills languish on the governor’s desk with unemployment hovering above 9 percent and the state having lost 16,300 jobs in December.
“The governor needs to pick up his pen and sign these bills.”