State Senate Republican Conference Leader Robert Singer (R-30) wants the visitors who flock to New Jersey's beaches each year to know more about what else the Garden State has to offer.

State Senator Robert Singer at Lakewood Blue Claws Opening Day 2015
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At Opening Day for the Lakewood Blue Claws, Singer unveiled a package of bills designed to boost economic growth by enhancing tourism programs.  Wearing a classic Blue Claws jacket, Singer made an apt comparison. "They changed their jacket, they changed their marketing, they had to," said Singer.  "We haven't changed our marketing and our message about tourism in this state."

One of Singer's proposals, S-2759, would include a mobile app designed to alert visitors to attractions and activities around new Jersey, as well as overhaul the state's approach to tourism as a whole.  Singer says the app is an idea whose time has most definitely come.

"Think about this," said Singer.  "I'm down the Jersey Shore, we just spent the week down there, it's Tuesday night, my kids got off the beach.  What do we want to do?  Oh, there's a Blue Claws game - where is it? 15 minutes from here."

Another measure would encourage Farm-to-Table and Jersey Fresh initiatives by establishing a specialty agriculture development program with the Department of Agriculture.  Other bills would help revitalize Atlantic City  and promote job growth.