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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.)
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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.
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~
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)
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?
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