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New Jersey GOP Congressman: Sandy Disaster Relief Is ‘Wasteful Spending’

11:41 am - 12/11/2012
New Jersey GOP Congressman: Sandy Disaster Relief Is ‘Wasteful Spending’

As New Jersey continues to suffer from extensive damage left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy at the end of October, Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) is poised to veto $60 million in federal aid meant to help his own constituents recover and rebuild.

Sandy’s devastation of the New Jersey shoreline was estimated to cost the state at least $29.4 billion. Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) said the proposed $60.4 million in federal aid would cover the state’s damages. Garrett, however, suggested to CNBC host and fellow New Jersey resident Jim Cramer that he might deny his home state these much-needed funds, claiming he is concerned about “accountability” for “wasteful spending.”

CRAMER: Our state has been hit by a storm that may be worse than Hurricane Andrew. It requires spending. Do you veto that spending on principle?

GARRETT: At this point in time, we just got the president’s proposal as to the 60 some odd billion dollars. The governor said they’re looking for more. [...] I think in those numbers, I think it’s appropriate for Congress to look at them, and to also look for what I was asking for, that we never got with Katrina, and that was some degree of accountability. You remember all the stories about the FEMA trailers, about the credit, debit cards, whatever they were at that time, given out to people across the country, even if they were not in those areas. I think the American public wants to make sure there is a level of accountability going into this sort of thing. But you raise a good point, we’re at $239 billion in deficit, I think in the first couple months of this year and they’re talking about adding $60 billion on top of that.

CRAMER: I’m trying to figure out what kind of spending is good and what kind of spending is bad. [...] But if New Jersey doesn’t get that spending, even if it’s a little bit wasteful for heaven’s sakes, we’re really going to be hurt.

GARRETT: One person’s stimulus is another person’s wasteful spending.

Watch it:

Garrett appears to be siding with his Republican colleagues over his constituents. Republicans, including former presidential candidate Mitt Romney and House Majority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), have expressed reluctance to provide federal assistance to areas hit by deadly natural disasters in the past few years. When faced with tornadoes that ravaged the Midwest, an earthquake in Virginia, and now Hurricane Sandy, Republicans demanded that relief funds be offset by spending cuts elsewhere.

Garrett also claimed that the government takes money from the private sector, saying, “I have a problem” with the idea that “the government is able to spend this money better than the private sector.” Privatizing disaster relief has been proven to be its own disaster; federal agencies like FEMA, despite Garrett’s maligning, are far more efficient and more able to coordinate resources than private efforts. Hurricane Katrina, which Garrett claims had no accountability for wasteful spending, was actually bungled by a delayed response and lack of resources provided by President George W. Bush’s FEMA.

Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), who was also on the program, blasted Garrett for using accountability as a “dodge” for acting and declared, “I’m going to make sure the people in New Jersey and New York are not left high and dry. Because it’s a national issue. We are a national community. And when there’s a tragedy, when there’s some kind of event in New Jersey, New York, we all have a responsibility.”

Garrett eventually conceded that he may support the Sandy aid if it had accountability measures built into it.


OP: "One person’s stimulus is another person’s wasteful spending." What? When did disaster relief spending become stimulus? In one you have a downturn in the market and in the other you have no goddamn market at all. Two totally separate things.

I'm wondering WTH Cramer didn't ask Garret how, exactly, did he think a disaster zone will because to contribute back to the economy and thus the deficit. It's like a crazy mob story, ya know? The big buff enforcers goes in and breaks someones legs than says the mob boss want his money in a couple days or else (and btw, they're also tacking on enormous interest payments too.)
beetlebums 11th-Dec-2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
mercystars 11th-Dec-2012 06:49 pm (UTC)

How do these fuckers keep getting elected. I don't get that, either.
furrygreen 11th-Dec-2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
Voter registration purges, limited voting facilities, terrible voting times and locations, and shorter voting hours on election days in Democratic controlled area's. Oh, and the blood of innocent babes sacrificed in the name of Satan.
mercystars 11th-Dec-2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
But even with all of that, who are these voters who go 'Why, yes, I LOVE getting fucked with something hard and cactus-y using hot tar mixed with sand for lube!!!! I'm going to vote for this awesome fellow yet again!!!!' Have they gerrymandered the district to include all the cactus-tar-sand lube masochists?
roseofjuly 11th-Dec-2012 11:00 pm (UTC)
Because they distract them from this important stuff with the smokescreen of anti-choice, anti-gay, fervent Christian rhetoric.
lainiest 11th-Dec-2012 11:27 pm (UTC)
Because somehow, Republican constituents are so stubborn that even when it is their own elected officials doing these things, they will still blame the Democrats for everything. My parents do this alllll the tiiiiiiime.
darth_eldritch 12th-Dec-2012 01:33 am (UTC)
Because playing on the resentment of those who consider themselves hard workers against those who get "free handouts" does wonders. I have memories of a coworker who ranted daily against FEMA in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Who cares how many lives and homes were lost? All she cared about was paying her tax payer money towards those lazy scum who don't buy house insurance.
furrygreen 12th-Dec-2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
All she cared about was paying her tax payer money towards those lazy scum who don't buy house insurance.

Wut? What does homeowners insurance have to do with it? Homeowners insurance doesn't cover floods. XD You get that through the gov'n. Thus, the gov'n would be giving them money to rebuild, you know, 'cause they have insurance.

How would that coworker be able to tell between the gov'n "handouts" and those who had claims via insurance, seeing as both are given out by the gov'n? XD

And, BTW, WTF? I hate people like that. Those are the people who always bitch the loudest and ask for more more more while refusing to contribute. You know if her house was there, you'd probably never hear the end of how slow the gov'n is in helping "legit" people. It's like, you're damned if you and damned if you don't, ya know? It bugs me that Republican controlled states contribute tax wise the least and turn around to ask for more than the states that do.
darth_eldritch 12th-Dec-2012 06:06 pm (UTC)

What could you expect from a Bush supporter? XD. Oh, she was known for the shit she said. Racist shit. Then she hollered the loudest when she was targeted with some sexist comments from another co-worker who had his fill of her racist bullshit.

I hate them, too. That is so true. They are the biggest whiners.

It bugs me that Republican controlled states contribute tax wise the least and turn around to ask for more than the states that do.


Republicans always complain about New York or California being in so debt because of the lib'rul spending, yet the red states recieve more Federal aid, and more assistance money- people are so poor because of the practices of the red state government.
yeats 11th-Dec-2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
his district is confined to the north and west of the state -- think rich people and rural conservatives. they got hit by the storm, too, but not nearly to the extent as the coastal areas.
mercystars 11th-Dec-2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
ahhh, that makes sense

so basically, I got mine, fuck you Jack. =/
yeats 11th-Dec-2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
yeah, but plenty of those suburbanites north of nyc had summer homes on the shore, or went to the shore after prom, or know people who moved down there to retire...it's still a colossally unpopular sentiment and i hope it costs him dearly.
executivehpfan 11th-Dec-2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
Don't we have a "thank you! fuck you!" tag?
furrygreen 11th-Dec-2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
Tagged! Thanks. I didn't know we had that tag. XD~
executivehpfan 11th-Dec-2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
lol This has got to be one of the most appropriate posts for that tag.
liret 11th-Dec-2012 07:00 pm (UTC)
I do not understand how someone can look back at Katrina and think the biggest problem with the government response - the one thing he needs to make sure doesn't happen again - is people being given too much federal aid.
seasight 11th-Dec-2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
moonshaz 11th-Dec-2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm pretty sure (based on the experiences of a close relative who was living in a very hard hit town on the MS Gulf Coast at the time) that the problem was not TOO MUCH government aid, but way too little!

Dubya: "You're doing a heckuva job, Brownie."
Residents of Katrina-devastated areas: "Oh, HELL no, he's not!!!!!"
shadwrayvn 11th-Dec-2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
shortsweetcynic 11th-Dec-2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
MTE, captain mal.
carmy_w 11th-Dec-2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
Clearly this asshole is no longer eligible to represent NJ, since he doesn't even attempt to represent them in congress.

Which makes me wonder if he has a listed residence there anymore. Cause he sure doesn't fucking ACT LIKE IT.
moonbladem 11th-Dec-2012 07:36 pm (UTC)
Let's see... these climate change deniers, who refuse to do anything about it despite mounting scientific evidence, and when natural disasters, one of the consequences of climate change happens, they cross their arms and refuse to do anything, citing wasteful spending when people, their own constituents, are still suffering.

Or let's take another point of view here. Chris Christie praised President Obama, which made his party pissed at him, so to teach him a lesson, they're trying their best to block aid... to their own constituents.

Either way, it's cutting off the nose to spite the face. This, along with voting against the international treaty for disabled people, makes absolutely zero sense.

The GOP should totally continue down this self-destructive, nonsensical path they're on, truly. I would LOVE to see them implode under the weight of their own stupidity and illogical logic.
pavonine 11th-Dec-2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
No. Fuck you. My friends lost their fucking homes. You're a gaping asshole, sir.
satellite__eyes 11th-Dec-2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
Right? I'm enraged right now. ENRAGED.
kitanabychoice 11th-Dec-2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
satellite__eyes 11th-Dec-2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
Thank fuck this asshole doesn't represent *MY* district but I feel for those he does. I also feel bad for my friends and family who will never be the same due to this disaster. I want to punch this twatwaffle right in the nads.
wikilobbying 11th-Dec-2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
One person’s stimulus is another person’s wasteful spending

woooooooow fuck you
its_anya 11th-Dec-2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) said the proposed $60.4 million in federal aid would cover the state’s damages

GARRETT: At this point in time, we just got the president’s proposal as to the 60 some odd billion dollars.

Is there a mistake here or has this muppet actually just multiplied that figure by 1000?
its_anya 11th-Dec-2012 08:24 pm (UTC)
Okay, just did a bit of googling and it is supposed to be 'billion'. Doesn't change the fact that he's a muppet though.
yeats 11th-Dec-2012 08:40 pm (UTC)
garret has always been a huge douche... he represents my parents' town and i clearly recall his anti-katrina crusades.

(also, for those of you not familiar with nj geography, nj-5 doesn't have any shoreline property, so its share of the damage was relatively light, in comparison with other areas of the state. it's a horrific gerrymandered nightmare zone of rich white people and conservative rural districts, which is why garret can continually be reelected despite being a plague pustule.)

Edited at 2012-12-11 08:44 pm (UTC)
wrestlingdog 11th-Dec-2012 09:25 pm (UTC)



crossfire 11th-Dec-2012 10:53 pm (UTC)
Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) is poised to veto

Oh he is, is he?
moonshaz 11th-Dec-2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
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paksenarrion2 12th-Dec-2012 05:35 am (UTC)
Well sure. Because if they have to pay more taxes that means they have less money for important things. Like more cars, more trips to places like Europe, Tahiti, more bling, etc. Oh and more people to pay minimum wage but no benefits to do things for them. See- they are totes stimulating the economy.
chaya 12th-Dec-2012 12:23 am (UTC)
"Suddenly, a wild Chris Christy appears, punches him in the face, and consumes his flesh."

-my bf upon being read this headline
wrestlingdog 12th-Dec-2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
And I swear to God, that is pretty much the only thing Christie could do that would actually get my support.
beoweasel 12th-Dec-2012 12:29 am (UTC)
One person’s stimulus is another person’s wasteful spending.

If that other person is a uncaring asshole...
a_phoenixdragon 12th-Dec-2012 12:34 am (UTC)
You can't be fucking serious...
layweed 12th-Dec-2012 01:13 am (UTC)
your salary and benefits is "wasteful spending"
gairid 12th-Dec-2012 02:40 am (UTC)
As long as people keep voting against their own self-interest, keeping this dickheads in office, this sort of thing isn't going to go away.
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