Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno spoke at today’s Cape May County Tourism Conference, calling small business owners in the tourism industry "the lifeblood of small business in New Jersey. You are economic development in New Jersey. You are economic recovery in New Jersey."
Guadagno said the state will maintain $9 million in tourism funding this year through the occupancy tax.
Guadagno even made a reference to the controversial MTV reality show "Jersey Shore," saying her son, who works at a pizza place in Monmouth County, saw "Snooki," one of the star’s of the show.
"Snooki’s not all that bad if it brings people here, if it shows off our beaches," she said.