HOBOKEN – U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez visited Big Fun Toys on Washington Street on Friday. Senator Menendez visited Hoboken to promote “Small Business Saturday” and stressed the importance of shopping at small businesses to help restore losses from Hurricane Sandy.
“The power is back on, the flood waters have receded,” said Menendez, “but small businesses are facing significant challenges, all of them facing well over a week of losses.”
Menendez urged shoppers to shop small and shop local to get the vibrancy of main streets back.
“The question is, will Washington Street keep its economic vitality?” Menendez said.
Menendez explained there are plans in Washington to offer tax breaks and incentives, particularly to those small businesses who suffered losses from Sandy.
“Small businesses give our communities their character. They employ many local residents. Small business may be small in size, but they are enormous in numbers and impact,” he said.
Menedez was accompanied by Jorge Silva-Puras, U.S. Small Business Administration Regional Administrator.