- "Zimmer is the kind of fiscal hawk who will sink his teeth into that problem" -
October 25, 2008
Lawrenceville, NJ - U.S. Senate candidate Dick Zimmer was endorsed today by the Courier Post, the Gannett publication of Cherry Hill, for his strong record of opposing tax increases and his commitment to rein in wasteful government spending. Additionally, the Courier Post said Senator Lautenberg is running on cruise control hoping to get re-elected simply by riding Barack Obama's coattails to get re-elected.
- Lautenberg Unable to Articulate How he Would be Effective in 5th term -
October 24, 2008
Lawrenceville, NJ - U.S. Senate candidate Dick Zimmer was endorsed today by the Philadelphia Inquirer for his strong record of fiscal responsibility, his commitment to cutting wasteful spending and his ability to work in a bipartisan manner. Additionally, the Editorial Board said Senator Lautenberg offered few details on how he would tackle a fifth term in the U.S. Senate.
Waste of the Week—Special Edition
October 22, 2008
Lawrenceville, NJ - U.S. Senate candidate Dick Zimmer today endorsed naming Denver International Airport after Senator Frank Lautenberg, as suggested by former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb. Lautenberg has bragged that he directed 351 billion taxpayer dollars to build the airport he uses to reach his winter home in Vail, CO.
"If Frank Lautenberg skied in New Jersey instead of Vail, maybe Newark Airport would have been able to get 351 million dollars," said Zimmer.
Denver International Airport was completed 16 months behind schedule at a cost of $4.8 billion, nearly $2 billion over budget. Its dysfunctional automated baggage-handling system became a national joke. Overspending on the airport was the subject of an episode of NBC's continuing series, "The Fleecing of America."
"Senator Lautenberg's pork-barrel spending may be helping Colorado but it's hurting the New Jersey voters he is suppose to represent," Zimmer said. "We now see one reason why New Jersey is dead last in the rate of return on our federal tax dollars. Senator Lautenberg has been taking money out of the pockets of New Jersey taxpayers to fund extravagant projects in other states.
In an address given to the Greater Denver Chamber of Commerce, Senator Lautenberg said the following about the funding for the Denver International Airport and his role as an appropriator:
It is amazing in these days of inflation and the depreciation of the dollar what a measly half a billion bucks will get you in terms of plaques...I am a very popular fellow at the beginning of calendar year when the appropriation bills are being developed. All of my colleagues, Republican, Democrat, liberals, conservatives, they all pat me on the back, write me letters, make phone calls. I am asked to fund projects in their states... Denver is going to get 351 million dollars. I guess that is what you call a Rocky Mountain high. (Senator Lautenberg's Address to Greater Denver Chamber of Commerce. From Denver Chamber of Commerce Collection, Denver Public Library Collection WH1216 Tape 6, 2 April 1990.)
In August, during the Democratic National Convention, former Denver Mayor Webb praised Lautenberg for his success in securing funds to build the Denver International Airport.
Webb also won some laughs when he told the audience of his administration's connection to the Garden State. Webb said that while he was mayor he had to enlist the aid of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) to hold together enough federal funding to get the new Denver International Airport built. ‘A wing of that airport should probably be named after Frank Lautenberg,' Webb said. ("Democratic National Convention: Denver's first black mayor addresses New Jersey delegation," The Star-Ledger. 26 August 2008)
October 23, 2008
Lawrenceville, NJ - U.S. Senate candidate Dick Zimmer's "Waste of the Week" campaign this week highlighted Senator Frank Lautenberg's support to spend over 90.8 million taxpayer dollars to research uses for wood.
Since 1985, funding for the Wood Utilization Research Program has cost taxpayers over 90.8 million dollars. This year, Senator Lautenberg supported the $4.8 million earmark with his vote on the 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Bill. (Citizens Against Government Waste, 2008 Pig Book and HR 2764, House Appropriations Committee Print, Final Version Page 134 and HR 4818, Cnf. Report 108-792, Senate vote 441, on resolving differences, HR 2764, December 27, 2007, Frank Lautenberg voted "yea")
"Senator Lautenberg might as well be throwing cash in a wood chipper by using federal dollars to fund this classic example of corporate welfare. Is finding uses for sawdust and alternatives for wood chipping something that really should be funded at taxpayers' expense?
"Particularly in these times of economic peril, government must live within it means and not waste precious resources on a program that, if it has any value, should properly be funded by private industry. New Jersey taxpayers are in the midst of an energy crisis, an affordability crisis and now a financial crisis. This November, we have to opportunity to reshape the way business is done in Washington by electing a Senator who will put the taxpayers first. I will be that Senator."
Zimmer's "Waste of the Week" campaign is designed to highlight Senator Frank Lautenberg's record of supporting wasteful spending and pork-barrel politics at the expense of New Jersey taxpayers. Previous Wastes of the Week were the $300 billion Farm Bill, the $389 million Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska, a $225,000 pamphlet on beaver damage, various Monuments to Me spending projects, the Teapot Museum in North Carolina, the Joplin, Missouri interchange, Amtrak's Sunset Limited, renovations for the Scottish Rite Theatre in Collingswood, New Jersey, the EarthPark indoor rainforest in Iowa, the Frank R. Lautenberg Train Station and the Camden-Philadelphia aerial tram project.
October 21, 2008
Lawrenceville, NJ - No U.S. Senator is more partisan than Frank Lautenberg.
A study of all Senate roll-call votes from 2001 through this year's session by the highly respected publication Congressional Quarterly found that Senator Lautenberg is tied for the title of the most partisan Senator. He voted with his party 98 percent of the time. ("Partisanship and Presidential Support in the Bush Era." Congressional Quarterly: Vote Studies Workbook. Fall 2008.)
During the years that Zimmer and Lautenberg served in Congress together, Congressional Quarterly rankings showed that Zimmer had a more bipartisan voting record than Lautenberg every year and that Lautenberg became increasingly partisan over the years. (Member Profiles. Congressional Quarterly)
During his most recent term, Lautenberg has consistently put partisan politics ahead of bipartisan compromise. In fact, the New York Times quoted a Democratic operative as saying, "The scuttlebutt on the Hill is that when you need somebody to take a partisan shot, you go right to Lautenberg." His Senate colleague at the time, Jon Corzine, told the New York Times, "I think Frank couldn't care less." (Raymond Hernandez, "Lautenberg, 80, Has 2nd Act in Senate, and Sharper Teeth, The New York Times, June 5, 2004)
Zimmer issued the following statement:
"The bitterness of partisan politics has tainted Capitol Hill and it is the taxpayers who have suffered the effects. No party is right 98 percent of the time. Senators should not subordinate independent thinking and the best interests of their constituents to rigid party orthodoxy. At a time when we are struggling to stabilize our markets and revive our economy, partisanship must to be put aside so we can work together for our common interest of protecting the future of this great nation.
"This November we have the opportunity to elect officials who can work across the aisle to advance the interests of American taxpayers and bring about real change. As one of the most partisan members of the Senate, Senator Lautenberg simply cannot do that.
"When I was in Congress, I worked to with member of both parties to pass Megan's law, and I co-founded the bipartisan ‘Green Scissors Coalition' to identify and eliminate government programs that were both fiscally and environmentally irresponsible.
"As Senator, I will working in a bipartisan manner to find real and effective solutions to the concerns we face."
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