Jan 10, 2012

Christie, legislators, industry leaders recall DeCroce as champion for business

On a day when Trenton usually celebrates its newly sworn-in members, the Statehouse was instead mourning the death of Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce (R-Whippany), who died Monday night. In comments made at a subdued reorganization session this afternoon, Gov. Chris Christie called DeCroce “a source of all that is good in politics and public […]

Jan 9, 2012

Small-business leaders hope Legislature takes action as session closes

On the last day of the current legislative session, small business advocates spoke about the priorities of their constituents for Trenton in 2012. Al Titone, Small Business Administration director for New Jersey, said the New Jersey Regulatory Flexibility Act, which is on the long list of bills being considered by the state Senate today, “would […]

Jan 9, 2012

A resolution for times when regulations collide

Burdensome. Redundant. Frustrating. Counterproductive. “There are a lot of words for it,” Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May Court House) said of the state’s regulatory process. Van Drew is among the legislators who put the finishing touches on a bill designed to revise these regulations and ease the burden on businesses, by providing two new […]

Jan 9, 2012

Suburban incentive’s big-city appeal

A hotel next to a Paterson hospital, the revitalization of a shuttered Elizabeth hospital site and a potential new headquarters for Prudential, in Newark, are among the projects that could move forward under a bill advancing in the state Legislature. The Grow New Jersey Assistance Program proposed under the bill has been highlighted as an […]

Jan 9, 2012

Seeking ‘more of the same’ from Christie

As Gov. Chris Christie prepares Tuesday’s State of the State address, New Jersey’s business leaders are hoping the state continues to follow through on the agenda the governor has laid out over his first two years in office. “What we really want to see in general is more of the same,” said Melanie Willoughby, senior […]

Jan 6, 2012

Christie signs Grow N.J. bill expanding development incentives into suburbs

Gov. Chris Christie today signed a bill creating the Grow New Jersey Assistance Program, a measure that will set aside at least $200 million in incentives to help economic development in areas beyond the state’s nine so-called Urban Transit Hubs. The bill has been touted for months by real estate developers and economic development advocates […]

Jan 6, 2012

DEP extends comment period for proposed wetlands construction at Xanadu site

State regulators have extended the public-comment period on the environmental impact of a component of the American Dream Meadowlands project that would involve construction on a wetlands site. The comment period, now open through Jan. 18, centers on a plan to build water and amusement parks next to the main site in East Rutherford, and […]

Jan 5, 2012

Incentive bills advance as end of legislative session looms

A series of bills affecting New Jersey businesses advanced in the Legislature on Thursday, a necessary step if they are going to be passed during the last day of the legislative session on Monday. The bills included a measure that puts employers that report business income as personal income on the same footing as corporations […]

Jan 2, 2012

Advocate cheers bill emphasizing state contracts for N.J. veteran-owned business

Helping veteran-owned businesses obtain government contracts has been a long-running cause for advocates, according to Brian St. Ours, founder of an online directory of such companies. But like other small firms, the size of a veteran-owned business often is a roadblock to getting public-sector business. “Many businesses that are owned by veterans are one- and […]

Jan 2, 2012

One-stop website launched for N.J.’s nonprofits

Following up on legislation passed earlier in 2011, acting Gov. Kim Guadagno announced Friday the Department of State launched a one-stop website for nonprofits. The site, www.nonprofit.nj.gov, developed with input from the Center for Non-Profits and the Pro Bono Partnership, offers easily accessible links for registering a nonprofit, establishing tax requirements and grant information. “New[...]

Jan 2, 2012

Brightly shining

Trinity Solar may be one of 465 companies that install solar systems in the Garden State, but they definitely stand out. Since the 2004, the company has gone from 26 to 415 employees and last month they moved from Freehold to a facility in Wall Township that is 10 times larger. I visited the new […]

Dec 22, 2011

Casinos will report financial data more frequently under new regulations

The Division of Gaming Enforcement announced Wednesday that in the new year, casino financial reporting will have different requirements.