Gov. Christie launches Illinois ad campaign to lure businesses to NJ

If Secaucus-based Panasonic ultimately decides to ditch the town for another municipality, as the company is contemplating, perhaps Secaucus could convince Illinois-based Abbott Laboratories to move in. New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie might even lend a hand.
The governor last week launched an ad campaign in the Midwestern state to attract Illinois-based businesses to the Garden State. Under the campaign, dubbed “New Jersey Means Business,” the Christie administration is “asking Illinois businesses to relocate and invest in New Jersey,” according to a release issued by his office.
According to the release, the governor decided that Illinois-based businesses are ripe for recruitment because that state passed a 67 percent income tax increase and a 46 percent increase on corporate property taxes. The campaign, which will include radio and print advertisements in six Illinois media outlets, targets both large and midsize corporations headquartered in that state, presumably including Abbott Laboratories.
“In New Jersey, we mean business. We’ve said ‘enough is enough’ and made the tough choices to cut spending,” Christie said. “By providing a positive, pro-growth climate we are making it easier for businesses to choose New Jersey and welcoming jobs and economic growth for our residents with open arms.”
Should the governor’s campaign succeed, it could conceivably benefit Secaucus, which is currently in danger of losing Panasonic, one of the largest companies in town. Earlier this month Secaucus learned that Panasonic might seriously be considering a move elsewhere. In addition to Newark, N.J., the company is also considering sites in California, New York, Georgia, and, ironically, Illinois.

Revolutionary War show and tell

You’re never too old for a good show and tell, and history buffs with an interest in the Revolutionary War won’t want to miss a program co-presented by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) and the Meadowlands Museum. Taking place this Sunday at 1 p.m., this free program will feature Revolutionary War re-enactors dressed in period costume who will discuss the uniforms and equipment used by Continental Army soldiers, and Bergen County’s role in the America’s quest for independence.
For more information, call (201) 460-8300 or visit
The event will be held at the NJMC’s Meadowlands Environment Center, Two DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst.

Prevent falls at home

Brooke Rushing, a physiologist at Kipnis Physical Therapy, will give a talk titled “Balance and Fall,” that will address how people can be safer in their own homes. The talk will be held Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. at the Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center. The talk will focus on how to recognize falling risks, how to prevent loss of balance, and how to find the proper assisting device. The program is open to all residents. For more information, call (201) 330-2083.
The Secaucus Public Library and Business Resource Center is located at 1379 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus.

Hudson County Bar Foundation to offer scholarships to law students

The Hudson County Bar Foundation will award scholarships to students who are attending law school or who have been accepted to law school for the September 2011 to May 2012 term.
The Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship Fund is one of the oldest providers of financial assistance to Hudson County law students. Esteemed members and families of the Hudson County legal community have funded these 43 scholarships.
Students must be a resident of Hudson County, must demonstrate financial need, must provide two current Letters of Recommendation, and must account for appropriate academic standards.
Interested applicants can write to the Hudson County Bar Foundation Scholarship Committee, 583 Newark Ave., Jersey City, New Jersey 07306 or call (201) 798-4708 or send an e-mail to to request an application. All applications must be received on or before April 15, 2011.

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