New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
has repeatedly ruled out a run for president in 2012, but Garden State businesses would support a future run for the White House by the Republican governor. That’s what a new state Chamber of Commerce poll of its members showed, NJBiz reported Thursday.
The majority of the chamber members want Christie, who is a rising Republican star, to finish his term, which runs through 2013. Six of the 10 business owners polled credited Christie with the state’s emerging economic turnaround.
"The results tell us our members see significant challenges still to be overcome, but they believe New Jersey is finally headed in the right direction," said Thomas A. Bracken, chief executive office of the chamber.
"They are telling us they expect continuing improvement in New Jersey's economy and that this year is better than last, and next year will be better still."
One in four of the respondents said they expect their company's revenues to rise more than 5 percent in the coming year. About half the respondents expect their profits to rise in the next 12 months, with only 17 percent seeing their profits rising more than 5 percent.
Survey respondents were less optimistic about the state's jobs picture, with 56 percent expecting no change in the number of employees in their own company this year, and 29 percent envisioning more hiring, with one in four predicting less.
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