At Opening Day for the Lakewood BlueClaws, Senate Republican Conference Leader Robert Singer unveiled several new bills to help create and retain jobs for New Jersey’s tourism and agriculture industries. Senator Singer was joined by BlueClaws Chief Revenue & Operations Officer Adam M. Lorber, who led a tour highlighting FirstEnergy Park upgrades before Senator Singer threw the game’s ceremonial first pitch.
Sen. Bob Singer unveiled new legislation to enhance New Jersey’s tourism and agriculture industries prior to the Lakewood BlueClaws home opener at FirstEnergy Park on April 9, 2015. (SenateNJ.com)
“I’m excited to have the BlueClaws support as we push for legislation that will revolutionize the way New Jersey attracts tourists and jobs to our many unique sites and enhances farm-to-table opportunities for restaurants, farmers and agro-tourism destinations,” said Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean). “A key bill in this package will overhaul New Jersey’s tourism efforts, in part, with a global marketing campaign to feature a mobile app to attract people in real-time to any of the historical sites, parks, trails, museums, beaches and venues across the state. This package will make New Jersey competitive with other states, including Michigan, California, Florida and New York, which every day are drawing our residents and families from our tourist base to their states and, in turn, improving their economies.”
“We feel the BlueClaws are the preeminent destination for family entertainment among many great spots at the Jersey Shore,” said Lorber. “We are proud to start our 15th season of providing affordable, family fun here at FirstEnergy Park and look forward to another great summer.”
“Millions of visitors travel through New Jersey each year without knowing all of the diverse attractions that the Garden State has to offer near our beaches, boardwalks and airports,” Singer said. “The BlueClaws, for example, are just one of the many attractions just minutes from the Jersey Shore. The legislation announced today will help make New Jersey the place to vacation, sightsee and relax, creating more jobs and economic opportunities for our families and communities.”
Here is a briefing of the “Enhancing Tourism & Agriculture” bills unveiled today at FirstEnergy Park:
- 1. Establishes a comprehensive plan, including a mobile app featuring all of New Jersey’s tourism attractions, to attract worldwide visitors and the jobs that come with them to the many first-rate attractions in New Jersey. This legislation would require the Office of Tourism Research to overhaul New Jersey’s tourism advertising, marketing, research and tourism-related business training, using existing state resources. (S-2759, sponsored by Senator Singer);
- Helps farmers sell local products to New Jersey restaurants, by encouraging the production and marketing of specialty agricultural products to restaurants, local specialty food markets, supermarkets, farmers markets, ethnic markets, and natural or organic food stores. This legislation establishes a specialty agriculture development program within the Department of Agriculture, using existing resources. (S-2863, sponsored by Senate Republican Dawn Marie Addiego);
- Boosts New Jersey’s economy and job market by consistently and repeatedly bringing A-list entertainment and worldwide tourists to venues in Atlantic City and across the state. A-list entertainers who perform four times in Atlantic City during a year would be exempt from state income taxes on all shows performed in New Jersey during that year. This initiative costs taxpayers nothing and offers so much to gain for working- and middle-class residents. (S-2721, sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senate Democrat Jim Whelan); and
- Allows the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority to finance highway projects with direct access to Atlantic City, which will also improve visitors’ access to nearby restaurants, golf courses, agricultural tourism destinations, B&Bs and beaches. (S-208, sponsored by Senate Republican Chris Connors).
This “Enhancing Tourism & Agriculture” event is the sixth and final event in the Senate Republicans’ statewide rollout of a new six-tiered job creation and economic growth package, which will not cost taxpayers extra money and should easily attract bipartisan sponsors and support. Here are links to information about the five phases of the new jobs bill package that have already been unveiled: