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NJ Spends $23M on Worker Training Grants

Governor Chris Christie tours James Candy Company
Governor Chris Christie tours James Candy Company with President Frank J. Glaser, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Lisa Glaser Whitley, Assemblyman Vince Polistina and Assemblyman John Amodeo in Atlantic City. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

Gov. Chris Christie talked cash as he toured Atlantic City’s oldest business on Tuesday. Christie touted nearly $23 million that the state has spent on worker training matching grants to businesses over the past two years.

Historic James Candy Company opened in the seaside resort in 1880 and has been in the same Boardwalk building since 1920. It was among the first makers of salt-water taffy.

The company received $38,400 earlier this month to teach 39 of its 49 workers manufacturing techniques, team-building and supervisory skills.

It received a similar amount from the state last year. State-mandated economic redevelopment funds collected from Atlantic City casinos are now used solely for projects within Atlantic City. Previously, the money was spread around the state.

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