Thursday, July 21, 2005

New Jersey Dems Under Fire

The New Jersey Press, as well as the Jersey Blogosphere, has been critical of recent homeland security legislation that passed in the legislature. According to the Star Ledger, 93% of the anti-terroist funding in the bill went to Democratically controlled districts. The concerns are legitimate, and EnlightenNJ elaborates on the issue.

However, no objective observer can ignore the fact that Democratic districts are more populated and more vulnerable to terrorism. The worst part of the federal homeland security funding is that much of the pork is distributed to rural states with few risks. Although New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the nation, there are certainly rural areas that don't need the kind of funding that Camden, Newark, and Trenton do. Although it's unrealistic for us to pretend to know what percentage a particular district requires, the New Jersey Legislature has the right idea, compared to the federal one, which has, at times, shown proportionate support for Kansas as New York.

Go to NJConservative for a different perspective.


At 6:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Jersey politics is filthy and the democrats are corrupt. Anybody who's been around this state as long as I have knows that the democrats in Trenton are up to no good. Republicans aren't angels but they care about securing people in this state.

At 9:10 PM, Blogger Enlighten said...

From Friday's Star-Ledger:
Tom Foley is the emergency management coordinator for Atlantic City, a place that would make a juicy target for terrorists on a busy day when up to 260,000 people cram into town for some fun at the casinos.

An investigation by The Star-Ledger's Rick Hepp found that the state has given 93 percent of its first-responder grant funds to legislative districts controlled by Democrats during the last three years.

Atlantic City's emergency crews asked for about $700,000 during that period. They wanted a hazmat truck. They wanted protective gas masks. They wanted tents to decontaminate people exposed to chemicals or radiation.

They got zip.

His problem: The legislators who represent his city are all Republicans. And the pot of money has been controlled by Democrats.


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