LIVINGSTON, NJ -- Today, we look back at our conversation from 2018 with Clifton Mayor James Anzaldi at a regional Chamber of Commerce event. TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur discusses with the Mayor how Clifton is a great place to live and why businesses can also expect a very friendly welcome.

Clifton, New Jersey’s 11th largest municipality, celebrated their 100th Anniversary in 2017. With all of their annual events--such as the Halloween Parade, City Picnic, Fourth of July fireworks, and Santa riding through Clifton each Christmas Eve--the city has been known as a family-friendly destination for years. And, in 2017, it became official.

Money Magazine named Clifton as one of the 100 Best Places to Live in America--it came in at #36. The magazine cited Clifton’s affordability, proximity to New York, recreation, good schools, and according to Mayor Anzaldi, “All of these things make it a good family place to live." He continued, “It’s a place where people should come, raise their children, and wait for the next generation to grow.”

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Clifton is also a strong city for businesses, said the Mayor. “Clifton is the most business-friendly community,” he said. “From the very small Mom and Pop type of operations to the very big companies--we have some very big companies in this city,” Anzaldi said.

Anzaldi spoke of the redevelopment of the Roche site on Route 3, half of which is in Nutley, half in Clifton. The site will house the Hackensack-Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall, Quest Diagnostics, and Ralph Lauren, among other tenants. “We work every day to make sure there are no vacancies,” said the Mayor, “so it creates jobs.”