U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer chose G. Joannou Cycle in Northvale to introduce the bipartisan Cut Red Tape Act on April 4.
“We’re here to announce the Cut Red Tape Act to help eliminate red tape and outdated bureaucracy, help create jobs and spur economic growth in New Jersey, and ensure more small businesses like Jamis will start and grow here in the Garden State,” Gottheimer, D-5th District, said.
He was joined at the event by Northvale Chamber of Commerce President Andre DiMino, as well as Carine Joannou, chief executive of G. Joannou Cycle, owner of the Jamis Bicycle brand.
In 1981, following the death of her father, Joannou took over the company, which allowed it to survive to be the country’s longest-running bicycle brand under family ownership. Speaking Monday, she detailed the current struggles for her business, including supply chain and shipping issues.
“We’ve got about 6,000 bikes, 8,000 bikes, 10,000 bikes sitting in warehouses in Asia, waiting for them to come over,” Joannou said.
Between COVID, and now the logistical issues, Joannou said it has required her to be on-hand and present in the business’s operations around-the-clock, as they continue to work through all of the difficulties.
Gottheimer said the legislation was also inspired by his father, a small-business owner in New Jersey, who felt like the state was always coming up with new agencies every month, adding bureaucratic layers. “Someone to ask the same question someone else asked the week before and some other inspection that was the same as the week before. And it was often in direct contradiction to the last direction you got,” Gottheimer explained.
He believes it is confusing and is a problem, especially, when competing with other states.
“We need common sense,” he said.
According to Gottheimer, the legislation, co-sponsored by U.S. Reps. Rodney David, R-Ill., and Ron Kind, D-Wisc., will get rid of outdated rules and streamline government to better support small businesses.
An independent, bipartisan commission, the Regulatory Improvement Commission, would review rules that are outdated, duplicative, or in conflict with one another. The Commission would then present its recommendations to Congress for an up or down vote. Gotteheimer believes that would give ample opportunity to cut red tape at the federal level.
“And there’s nothing partisan about it,” he said. “Both sides of the aisle will help cut outdated, unnecessary, burdensome red tape, unleash economic opportunity, and create jobs,” he said. “It’s a win-win.”