MOONACHIE – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-N.J.) says “the pain will begin immediately” following the March 1 sequester deadline and urges everyone to lobby federal lawmakers to not allow the cuts to go into effect.
The congressman told reporters during a Monday news conference that he has not spoken to Gov. Chris Christie about lobbying Congress on avoiding sequester, but explained the Garden State’s governor “knows what’s at stake.”
“He knows that this is not [a] drop in the bucket,” he said. “He doesn’t have to be told what to do, he’s a smart guy.”
Pascrell warned sequestration would hamper the state’s recovery following Superstorm Sandy, as well as being “disastrous to the economy” and middle-class Americans.
Pascrell joined Christie at a news conference last week when the governor announced a peer-to-peer assistance program for firefighters.
The governor thanked Pascrell for his work in Washington, D.C., following the storm and referred to the congressman he’s been known to be at odds with as “[his] partner in Congress.”
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"This is my first Mark Smith event. There have been a lot of changes in Hudson County over the last year and a half, and the most important change that has happened is that there really is unity. For the first time, we really are working together. Despite political differences. Mark and I have worked very hard to repair that. I'm really happy to be here in support of him, because I recognize that when you work together, politics becomes secondary and you really have time to focus on government, which is the most important thing." - Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop- PolitickerNJ.com
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