New Jersey has beat the nation in terms of growth in jobs this past month, according to Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Of course, the bad news is we still have high taxes.

This morning Gaudagno told me that she's talked to thousands of companies across the nation in the last few years promoting business in the Garden State, and things are finally turning around for our business climate. "I think the numbers are beginning to work for these companies and they feel welcome in New Jersey again," said Guadagno.

It's no surprise though that Guadagno said taxes continue to be the biggest source of complaints she hears.

According to the Lt. Gov., "even though the governor of the state of New Jersey has vetoed taxes more than any other governor in the history of America, and even though we have cut business taxes $2.3 billion by the end of this year or next, we still are absolutely dead last in terms of business climate when it comes to taxes."

Guadagno said she gives out her cell number to people at events, and thousands of small businesses contact her "day and night" for everything from taxes to problems with loans and unemployment services.

So the battle to make New Jersey a more profitable to live and do business in continues.

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Bill Spadea is host of the Chasing News TV program. He periodically fills in for NJ 101.5 show hosts, and you can daily hear his opinion about all things New Jersey here, or by tweeting @BillSpadea.

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