companies get funding from investors or angels or (venture capitalists), their
first priority is hiring, growing their team. There's so much hiring in this
Michael Munoz, senior vice president sales and marketing for Cranbury-based AmeriHealth New Jersey, a health insurer that is bracing for health reform's enrollment beginning in October 2013. It opened a kiosk at the Menlo Park Mall in Edison in November to try to reach more consumers:
"At the end of the day (health care costs) are going to be a burden on individuals and employers that are providing care for employees. It becomes inherently more expensive implementing it and complying with the structure because of enhanced benefits and the elimination of certain restrictions. In the long term, what we're starting to see, and the good part about what's happening, is we're having a different dialogue with providers in how we work together more effectively."
Khan, Wells Fargo:
"There's clearly a disconnect between what consumers and businesses are thinking right now, but businesses are concerned about the fiscal cliff. Consumers are more focused on expectations. When they're asked, what do you think about current conditions, it's unchanged from recent months. When they're asked, what about future economic conditions, they are more hopeful about what the economy could look like."
Patrick Murray, pollster, Monmouth University, West Long Branch:
"Property taxes and jobs are still the top two issues among voters in the state, even with Sandy in the mix. Jobs and the economy could become even more prominent a campaign issue in 2013, but it's not clear at this point whether (Gov. Chris Christie) will suffer from that. Voters really do hold Washington responsible for the economic issues much more than they hold Trenton responsible."
Abby Kohut, a Springfield, Union County-based career consultant, who is in the middle of a cross-country tour trying to educate job seekers:
"I believe it's difficult to find a job, but I also believe many people are finding jobs, and if they're doing things the right way they can land a job next year, and they could have landed one this year. It's all about networking and it's about using Linked In and it's about finding people who can help guide you, things like that. Knowing how to answer tricky h.r. questions. In general, do I think the economy is getting better? It's definitely getting better than it was a year ago."
Richard Goddin, owner of Traci Lins Antique Market and Flea Market on Mantoloking Road in Brick:
"We are an antiques and flea market and we sell virtually everything. The joke is, yeah but what about the kitchen sink? We actually have a couple of those too. We're about 20 percent off what it normally would be. A lot of people know we're here, even though the sign up the street says, 'Road Closed. Local Traffic Only.' I'm very optimistic. I've seen the progress they've made from the Mantoloking Bridge, which, from the other side, was obviously devastated. The ocean came through and people lost their homes. I'm not talking about bungalows; I'm talking multimillion dollar homes. When I saw that, I thought it would take five years before they even saw daylight. But they've made a tremendous amount of progress. Once the bridge is open again, it will bring a lot more traffic again by our store."
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