NEW JERSEY -- Steve Adubato was joined by State Senator Steve Sweeney on State of Affairs  to discuss how the COVID-19 outbreak will affect small businesses in New Jersey, and how the state government can do their part to help them survive.

Adubato and Sweeney spoke on March 20, just as the coronavirus outbreak was emerging, via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which was reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Sweeney, who is the President of the New Jersey Senate, said he had recently proposed 13 ideas to help small businesses across the state. Some of them Governor Phil Murphy could accomplish via Executive Order, he said, and the rest could be addressed through legislation, which was in the process of being drafted. 

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“Small business means they’re small and there’s not a lot of wealth hanging out there,” said Sweeney. “If they go for a few months without money coming in, it’s a problem.”

Sweeney said he was reaching out to different businesses around the state for input, such as the casino industry, about how to get up and running quickly once mandatory closures and social distancing policies have ended. “I’m more open to people that have ideas,” Sweeney said, “so that we’re proactive and in a position to help businesses survive in this downturn.”

“It’s a bad time, and we want as many businesses as possible to be able to come back to life after this,” Sweeney continued, “but there’s a reality: some won’t.”

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