A member of Gov. Chris Christie's own party is blasting New Jersey's business climate.

 

Sen. Tony Bucco, the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, says New Jersey is so overregulated and overtaxed that he'd like to move his manufacturing business.

"If I were not a state senator, I'd move my business to Pennsylvania," he said. "I talk now as a businessperson that owns a manufacturing company in this state and I tell you we are overregulated and we are overtaxed in this state as a business."

Bucco's remarks drew a quick response from Democrat Sen. Paul Sarlo who chairs the Budget Committee.

"So I guess you're hoping the governor does a better job than he's done in the last three years in cutting regulations?" Sarlo said. "That's what I heard."

The Christie administration has made it a priority to keep and attract businesses by cutting red tape and offering tax incentives.

Bucco says both parties in the Legislature have a lot to do to make the business climate better.