ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) — Republican Candidate for Governor Lou Barletta visited a famous Altoona restaurant Thursday morning to make his final push to area voters.

During a stop at Tom & Joe’s Diner, Barletta touted his experience in congress and as the mayor of Hazelton. He says speaking with businesses like Tom & Joe’s helps him gain insight into what they need.

“You know, you don’t need a staffer to tell you what’s happening. You’ve got to talk to somebody who’s signing their payroll checks here, who’s trying to keep the lights on in a place and really understand,” Barletta said. “As a former business man who started a business from nothing, I literally would pray on the way to the post office if there was a check there so I can make payroll on Friday. I get how hard it’s been for these folks.”

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The gubernatorial candidate says making stops across the state are important because the energy he feels from the people is what keeps him going.