Things are heating up on the trail around New Jersey as we shine a light on small businesses throughout the state promoting the businesses and policies that will help them thrive.

Cutting Crew, Kenilworth in Union County

This week we visited a great small business in Union County. Cutting Crew in Kenilworth is an outstanding small business proving a great service to a steady flow of dedicated regular customers.

A top-shelf salon, owner Sonny invited me in and we were welcomed by a great crowd of local customers, business leaders, and a few candidates. Cutting hair for men, women, teens, and kids, plus coloring and makeup is truly a full-service experience.

McDonagh's Pub and Restaurant, Keyport in Monmouth County

Our next stop was to a great pub in Keyport, Monmouth County, McDonagh's Pub and Restaurant. Kim is the event planner who welcomed us in for a great evening. We had a packed house under a tent in their outdoor space.

My good friends Tommy Hudanish (from the Nicholas Hudanish Foundation) and former Old Bridge Councilman Mark Razzoli hosted a great event, complete with pizza and beer served up by McDonaghs friendly and professional staff.

As long as I have a mic, small businesses in New Jersey will have a voice. If you have a small business you'd like us to promote and/or visit, hit me up on the free New Jersey 101.5 app and let me know!

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Everything is costing more these days — and housing is certainly no exception in New Jersey.

Data for 2022 from January through August, compiled by New Jersey Realtors, shows that South Jersey has been seeing homes hit the market and sell in less than a month, on average.

Median prices for single-family homes have reached $500,000 and above in nine counties in North and Central Jersey.

All but two counties have seen houses go for more than the list price, on average, this year.

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