Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Federal Transportation Dollars For Jersey Could Soon Be Cut [AUDIO]

Flickr User Doug Tone

With continuing partisan bickering in Washington D.C. – and unresolved questions about America’s debt problem – there is growing concern that Congress may soon decide to cut the amount of federal transportation funding given to the states. The Head of the Jersey Assembly Transportation Committee shutters at the idea.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski says “New Jersey is a transportation hub – it is the transportation hub for the east coast of the United States – major highways, rail lines, ports, airports all are located here – New Jersey needs the federal dollars that help us maintain that network, that help us grow our economy – and if there is an interruption in the pipeline of federal dollars in New Jersey, it will have devastating consequences- not only for our transportation planning but it will have devastating consequences for our economy as well.”

He says any cut in federal transportation dollars “really hurts New Jersey in particular, where we are so terribly dependant on federal dollars – to have the specter that the pipeline might be interrupted – it might be discontinued – that’s bad…the New Jersey Department of Transportation has a 3-point-5 billion dollar capital project budget – 1-point-69 billion comes from the federal government- that’s about 35 percent…so if federal dollars are diminished that means roads are not improved, that means rail lines are not made better for commuters – that means ports suffer- that means our economy suffers.”

Wisniewski points out it is estimated by economists “that every one billion dollars we spend on transportation in New Jersey returns 6 billion dollars in economic activity – it creates thousands upon thousands of jobs…when we invest in our transportation infrastructure in this state, we’re investing in the families that live in this state- that have opportunities for employment…every day that we debate and do not have action on a secure, long term funding source for transportation projects is another day that we are putting jobs at peril.”

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Best of NJ101.5

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for New Jersey Insiders quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive New Jersey Insiders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.