Anthony Minick, marketing director of the Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism, listens as Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno gives her keynote address at the 16th annual Cape May County Tourism Conference on Tuesday. When Guadagno spoke about tourism in Cape May County, she described it as "the crown jewel," saying "there's no better selling point for New Jersey than our beaches and our tourism."

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.

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