CHESTER, NJ (Morris County) — Rep. Tom Kean, Jr. (R-NJ) Friday met with small business owners on Main Street in Downtown Chester to hear from them directly about the issues facing them and how he can continue supporting their efforts to support the community, grow, and create jobs.
Chester Borough Mayor Janet Hoven, Chester Township Mayor Mike Inganamort and Congressman Kean walked Main Street to visit 7 small businesses.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the Garden State’s economy,” Kean said. “I am working in Washington to help break the back of inflation, cut burdensome regulation and lower taxes. I will continue to champion these priorities in Congress so that we can give the support small businesses need to thrive.”
“I was so appreciative of Congressman Kean making the most of his unexpected time away from DC by visiting with small business owners on Main St in Chester Borough,” Hoven said. “His interest in their businesses and sincere offer of assistance from himself or his staff is what makes him such a great Congressman.”
“Small businesses are the drivers of our local economy,” Inganamort said. “I’m proud to work with Congressman Kean to ensure that these small businesses have an environment in which they can thrive and propel our community forward. When you speak directly with small business owners, as Congressman Kean does regularly, you understand what challenges they face and what support they need.”
“We haven’t had a congressman walk around my town until today. We like to see more elected officials be more interested in our downtown,” said John Vucetaj, Owner of Bella Pizza and Benito’s Trattoria. “I am happy to meet him. I know it’s a small town but we have businesses here just like any big town. I’m glad he stopped by. We need more people like him.”
“Everything is made in America in my store,” said Monica Naselli, Owner of Dainty Dandelion. “As I told the Congressman, it’s been a really tough year. I understand that everything with the economy is so expensive, and it impacts small businesses. I was happy to have a conversation with Tom. Sometimes the small business gets lost and our voices aren’t heard. I’m glad that he came out.”