Lonegan on Sandy aid: Yes votes risk voter backlash
Former Bogota Mayor and one-time GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Lonegan, who heads the NJ chapter of AFP By Matthew Arco | January 16th, 2013 - 1:32pm
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The list of state officials from both sides of the aisle lobbying for the federal aid for Superstorm Sandy recovery ran long, including Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who cried foul when Congress failed to act on the proposal with enough haste and argued publically that New Jersey’s recovery would be directly linked to federal support.

However, the proposal was not backed by all groups in the state, including the conservative Americans for Prosperity of New Jersey.

“They’re going to have to crank up the printing press,” said Steve Lonegan, state director of AFP-NJ.

“I had a lot of hopes that other congressmen from other states would realize that this is out of control and that we have massive federal debt,” he said. “They’ve lost control.”

Lonegan said he hoped U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., would be among lawmakers to not sign onto the proposal, saying “the consequences on those who voted for it” is going to hinge on voters’ memories moving forward.

“It’s hard to judge,” he said, referring to whether there will be backlash among conservative voters against lawmakers who supported the proposal in the state.

“We have just let big government run rampant,” he said.

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"Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto, a Hudson County Democrat, is balking. He claimed Tuesday that members of his caucus are divided over the measure and that his house is in no real rush – besides, even if enacted this year, the reforms would not take effect until 2017, he said. And with the growing belief that Christie could skip town to run for president, some Democrats are not eager to give him another talking point for his résumé. Christie’s plans to stump for Republican candidates in New Hampshire later Thursday only fuel that suspicion." - columnist Charles Stile

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