TYPICAL: REP. GARRETT ONLY DELEGATION MEMBER TO OPPOSE BIPARTISAN HIGHWAY FUNDING BILL

Conservative Congressman Ignores Fact That One Third of New Jersey Bridges are Deficient

(Washington, DC) -- Earlier today, Northern New Jersey Congressman, Scott Garrett, voted against the bipartisan multi-year highway and transit bill, a long-term funding solution for repairing bridges, highways and roads across the country.

According to recent federal data, 35% of all bridges in New Jersey are deemed either “structurally deficient” or “functionally obsolete.” Garrett was the only member of the New Jersey congressional delegation to vote against the bill.

“This is just typical of Congressman Garrett: he recklessly ignores the facts and his responsibilities to his constituents in order to pursue an ideological agenda. With over one third of New Jersey’s bridges deemed either deficient or obsolete, Garrett should be celebrating long-term bipartisan funding for road construction and repairs,” said John Currie, chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee. “The hundreds of thousands of New Jersey residents who commute to work each day will remember that he voted against their safety by opposing a commonsense measure to fill potholes and repair bridges.”

Background

·         35% of Bridges In New Jersey Are Deficient. [National Bridge Inventory, 12/14]

·         621 Bridges Are Structurally Deficient. [National Bridge Inventory, 12/14]

·         1,722 Bridges In New Jersey Are Functionally Obsolete. [National Bridge Inventory, 12/14]

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