TRENTON – A New Jersey lawmaker says the Garden State is so unfriendly to businesses that the only thing keeping him from moving his out of state is the fact he’s a state senator.
Sen. Anthony Bucco, (R-25), said Wednesday he would give little thought to keeping his manufacturing company in New Jersey if it weren’t for the fact that he was elected to the state Senate.
“I’ve said this before and I’ve said it here, if I were not a state senator, I’d move my business to Pennsylvania,” said Bucco during a Senate budget hearing.
“So I guess you’re hoping the governor does a better job than he’s done in the last three years on cutting regulations?” Sen. Paul Sarlo, (D-36), quipped.
“That’s what I heard,” Sarlo added.
Bucco shot back at the committee chairman, saying the responsibility to remove hurdles on businesses is on the Legislature.
“No. You are in the majority,” Bucco responded. “You have the ability to bring up the bills.”
Bucco made the comment while speaking to the commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
“You know what, and I talk as a business person that owns a manufacturing company in the state, and I tell you we are overregulated and overtaxed in this state as business,” Bucco said. “I think that’s what the problem is with this state … and that’s why we’re losing businesses in this state.”