BERNARDS TWP. – Seeking to help “grow small businesses,” Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno took a walking tour of downtown Basking Ridge Monday, visiting shops, offices and landmarks before meeting with local business leaders.
Guadagno, who discussed ways in which state programs can offer assistance, made five stops while accompanied by state Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Somerset, Mayor Mary Pavlini, Deputy Mayor Carolyn Gaziano and Albert LiCata, executive director of the Bernards Township Regional Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s a beautiful town,” Guadagno, a Monmouth County resident, said at the end of the tour. She said it was important “to get government and business together to attract people to their towns.”
She cited the township as an example where the mayor and the Chamber of Commerce have a working relationship.
Pavlini and LiCata haven’t always been allies – they once ran against each other for Township Committee, with Pavlini prevailing – but they put any differences aside during the tour.
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