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Jersey CEO to Christie: Do more for middle-market companies

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Chris Christie addresses a crowd in this file photo.
Chris Christie addresses a crowd in this file photo. - (Aaron Houston / NJBIZ)

Gov. Chris Christie made headlines Thursday for comments he made during a dinner with business leaders Wednesday night, claiming that the state he inherited was “the most business-unfriendly in America.”

At that event, he took credit for bringing the state's business community back to life.

But for middle market companies that are growing in New Jersey, Christie may not be the savior he makes himself out to be.

"I do think (Gov. Christie) is making good efforts and strides to attract and retain larger companies," Tracy Doyle, president and CEO of Phoenix Marketing Solutions, wrote in an email. "However, he seems to be neglecting the growing trend of middle-market companies such as ours that are driving growth."

Doyle said that she wrote Christie a letter two years ago, asking for economic growth incentives that would support growing midsized companies like hers, which provides medical communications services for the biopharmaceutical industry.

"And to date, the radio wires are silent," she said. "I find it very disheartening, being born and raised in New Jersey and now contributing to our state in a meaningful way, that we essentially have to 'lie' and threaten to leave New Jersey in order to be eligible for an incentive."

Doyle said she admires and supports the governor, but she recommends that he refocus his efforts on small to midsized growing companies and "create innovative solutions and programs apart from old government practices of pandering to the 'big boys' so that he can once again make New Jersey a great place to do business."

Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson is a staff reporter covering midsized and growth companies, as well as women in business. Mary lived in Fla., Texas, Conn. and N.Y. before moving to N.J. with her husband and infant son. Email her at maryj@njbiz.com. She is @mjohns422 on Twitter. Read her blog, Breaking Glass.

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