Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) had his listening tour with public officials in key counties, Mayor Steven Fulop had his insistence on an alternative casinos bill, Phil Murphy has his television ad blitz, Ray Lesniak his pet progressive causes, John Wisniewski Bernie Sanders, Mike Doherty Donald Trump, Jack Ciattarelli his expressed irritation with Gov. Chris Christie.
And now Acting Governor Kim Guadagno has stepped forward with her own gimmicky attempt to recast a fresh gleam of paint on her brand while pumping up a headline or two as she – like those aforementioned pols – tries to stay alive as a 2017 gubernatorial prospect.
Already having staked out business as her area of concern, the acting guv today announced a new business round table tour.
Guadagno’s circuit started in Berkeley Township, at a meeting with Mayor Carmen Amato and local business leaders.
“We have made a lot of progress, but there is still work to be done,” said Guadagno, who to date has generated more attention by virtue of staying silent as opposed to grappling with anything publicly. “That is why I am here today. I am interested to hear what these business leaders have to say, so that I know where we should be focusing our efforts to best help them succeed and grow in New Jersey.”
Guadagano said that in addition to identifying areas of potential further improvement, the “tour also celebrates and highlights New Jersey’s recent economic successes.These include cutting taxes for businesses, initiative to cut red tape, highest levels of office leasing in a decade, New Jersey’s distinction as a center for innovation, and continuously dipping unemployment numbers, which are among the most significant in the nation.”
Guadagno continues to lean on the tag “acting governor” while Governor Chris Chris Christie barnstorms New Hampshire in a last ditch effort to argue for why he should push his Donald Trump-saddled presidential campaign past February 9th.
“I am very pleased with the support we have received from Acting Governor Guadagno,” said Berkeley Township Mayor Carmen Amato. “I am particularly excited about today’s round table discussion on business development.”
In a press release, Guadagno said her round table tour will continue with soon to be announced dates and locations in February.