Mar-29-12 GOVERNOR CHRISTIE’S ADMINISTRATION SALUTES CONSTRUCTION FIRM’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY IN NEW JERSEY
The Commissioner attended the CCA’s formal ribbon cutting for its expanded Jersey City offices, overlooking the Hudson River. The company employs about 1,000 people in the United States, including nearly 170 in New Jersey.
“It is a pleasure to have a business dedicated to investing and creating jobs in New Jersey,” Commissioner Wirths said at the ribbon cutting.
The Commissioner also read and delivered a letter from Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno to CCA President Yuan Ning and Guan Qing, president of China State Construction Engineering Corporation, Ltd., CCA’s parent company.
The Lt. Governor wrote:
It is with great pleasure that I welcome everyone to tonight’s China Construction America’s 10th Anniversary and Office Expansion Reception.
New Jersey is proud to be a State with a highly educated and skilled workforce, superior strategic location, rich history of innovation, and first-class quality of life.
Our unique advantages have helped make New Jersey the 20th largest economy in the world.
We are the domestic headquarters of nearly 275 foreign companies. In the past 26 months, our administration has worked with companies from China, Germany, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, France and Italy, to name a few, which has resulted in the retention and creation of more than 18,000 jobs and a foreign direct investment of over $1.6 billion into New Jersey’s economy.
As you gather here tonight to celebrate your accomplishments, I wish you a wonderful evening, continued success, and look forward to the many opportunities that await you in the great State of New Jersey.
There was an increase of 1,600 construction jobs inside the state of New Jersey during January and February, and 1,300 of those jobs were created in February alone.
Overall, according to February jobs data released in March, New Jersey added 74,500 private sector jobs since February 2010, which was Governor Christie’s first full month in office and the low point for private sector jobs during the recession.