New Jersey Punished For Voting Blue
The good news: Essex County got the largest grant of any county in New Jersey in a special federal disbursement for homeland security.Since the question was asked, we’ll answer, but first some facts. We did a number of posts on this subject back in December when congress was voting on the allocation of homeland security funds, so we don’t have to look too far for information.
The bad news: New Jersey's getting about a third less homeland security money from the feds than we got last year.
Could it be punishment for voting blue in the last election?
1, President Bush had requested Homeland Security funding be allocated to the states based upon risk assessment
2. Senate Democrats held out for a funding formula written by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) that ensured funding would be spread around to all states, regardless of risk.
3. Senator’s Corzine and Lautenberg voted in favor of the bill based upon the Leahy homeland security funding formula that produced a cut in New Jersey’s allocation.
4. New York, a very blue state, voted for Kerry by a wider margin than New Jersey in 2004, just happens to have two Democrat senators, Clinton and Schumer and somehow they managed to secure a 344 percent increase in homeland security funding.
5. Washington and Los Angeles received double the amounts of their previous grants. Chicago and Boston will receive about a third more in homeland security funding. All “blue” cities in "blue" states, all represented by Democrats in the Senate.
So yes, you could say New Jersey was punished for voting blue - not for the last election, but as a result of the previous two – the ones in which Corzine and Lautenberg won their senate seats.
New Jersey is being punished by our poor representation in the senate. Corzine and Lautenberg are automatically against anything the President proposes, so they sided with the Democrat Leahy, even though the end result hurt New Jersey.
Clinton and Schumer did their homework and brought additional homeland security funds back to New York. After the vote, Corzine and Lautenberg held press conferences to lament New Jersey’s loss.
Senator Jon Corzine (D-NJ), who is running for Governor, said that if elected, he would work with the congressional delegation to fix the funding formula "to make sure that people in Homeland Security all the way to the top understand the exposure [to an attack] we have here."Corzine wants us to beleive he'll fix the senate funding formula once he's no longer a senator. Does anyone who follows the news actually beleive any of Corzine's lines?
Our previous posts on homeland security funding with links:
Action Required - Corzine Releases Statement To The Press
State Spending – It’s A Matter Of Choice
New Jersey Deserves Better
Corzine – Lautenberg To Blame For Funding Cuts To NJ
The Democrats Financial Mismanagement