Ridgewood, NJ — Roy Cho, candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s 5th District, today criticized Tea Party incumbent Scott Garrett’s latest vote against the needs of Northern New Jersey.
In the House today, Garrett opposed a bipartisan bill to extend federal highway funding through May 2015. The measure, which passed overwhelmingly 367-55, has the support of both the House Republican leadership and the administration.
Cho noted that across the 5th District, there are 65 bridges that have been deemed “Structurally Deficient,” and which handle a total of more than 1 million daily car crossings. Fifty of those spans are at least 70 years old.
Cho released the following statement:
“Scott Garrett has again put his own Tea Party politics before the broader needs of Northern New Jersey with yet another irresponsible and ideological vote that flies in the face of common sense and reality.
“Our roads and bridges are crumbling. Our mass transit systems are in desperate need of repair and upgrade. Any commuter, whether they live in Bergen or Sussex county, knows this because they see it every single day. This funding is necessary to ensuring our transportation network doesn’t literally fall to pieces and drag our economy down with it. It will create jobs we badly need. Without investment in our infrastructure, our future is bleak.
“Scott Garrett’s vote is just another example of his unwillingness to act in the interests of the people he purportedly represents. Whether it’s his initial opposition to Sandy Aid or today’s vote against highway funds, his record is one that hurts our region.
“I will go to Congress and stand up for the needs of Northern New Jersey’s commuters and residents. We have been sending too many of our tax dollars to Washington and, thanks to Scott Garrett, getting too little in return. I am committed to changing that.”