By David Madden
TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — Democrats in the New Jersey Assembly have unveiled a series of bills that they insist will spur job creation in the Garden State.
If this sounds familiar, it should. The legislature proposed more than two dozen bills two years ago, many of which fell victim to a veto from Governor Chris Christie.
Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald of Cherry Hill says the current state unemployment numbers make this new effort a top priority.
“We are close to two full percentage points above the national average,” Greenwald says, “and most alarming for our residents, we’re higher, significantly higher than our neighboring states.”
This package will have a mix of ideas old and new, like a revised job training bill and a tax credit for businesses that hire the unemployed.
Hearings are set for next week, with action on most of the ideas expected in the Assembly by the end of the December.
Apparently, the Governor’s office was not consulted as this plan was developed, although Greenwald believes these ideas should receive bipartisan support.