-- Senator Lautenberg Should Work to Protect Taxpayers from Financial Crisis --

Lawrenceville, NJ - U.S. Senate candidate Dick Zimmer released the following statement after Republican Presidential candidate U.S. Senator John McCain made the decision to suspend his campaign to focus on the current financial crisis.

"This is a very perilous time for the American financial system and for the financial security of American families.  I commend Senator McCain for putting the nation's interest ahead of his political ambitions to work with his fellow Senators from both parties on finding a solution to the current crisis. 

Unfortunately, Senator Lautenberg has been silent and invisible during this crisis.  He too should be working with his colleagues to craft a solution that protects taxpayers and homeowners who have played by the rules, that does not reward failed executives with golden parachutes and that does not give unchecked power to unelected officials."

JEER: To U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., who again is looking to get re-elected by staying silent.

Ever since he won the Republican Senate primary in June, former U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer has made offers and accepted invitations to publicly debate Lautenberg. Lautenberg's camp seemingly has no answer. Now it's less than two months before Election Day and no debates have been announced.

Lautenberg, the man who, when he was first running for the Senate in 1982 wanted to debate his older Republican opponent "morning, noon and night," now doesn't seem to want New Jerseyans to have many chances to compare him to his opponent. He did this same thing in the spring when U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews was challenging him in the primary.

If Lautenberg wanted New Jerseyans to know where he stands on the issues, he would have already agreed to at least half a dozen debates. That he hasn't agreed to any shows he's content to use a cowardly tactic employed too often by candidates ahead in the polls in "safe" races. It's a shame for voters who should remember this silence on Election Day.

2-Day Long Train Ride from Los Angeles to New Orleans Supported at Taxpayer Expense

Lawrenceville, NJ - U.S. Senate candidate Dick Zimmer's "Waste of the Week" campaign this week highlights Senator Frank Lautenberg's support for an incredibly expensive passenger train route from Los Angeles to New Orleans that takes two days to complete-on the infrequent occasions when it's on time.. 

Zimmer released the following statement:

"It is outrageous that the federal government is using taxpayer dollars to subsidize a two-day trip on a train that frequently arrives days behind schedule, costs riders $695 and costs taxpayers an additional $923.86 per rider in subsidies.  The government would be better advised to buy each passenger an airplane ticket for a direct flight for less than $300.

"It makes no sense to waste federal funds on such boondoggles, particularly at a time when New Jerseyans are facing an energy crisis, an affordability crisis and a financial crisis. 

"For 24 years year, Senator Lautenberg has squandered New Jersey taxpayer dollars on wasteful spending projects.  New Jersey wants change.  As your Senator, I will make the interests of New Jersey taxpayers my top priority." 

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 and the Joplin, Missouri interchange. 

Waste of the Week, #1: THE FARM BILL

Waste of the Week, #2: BRIDGE TO NOWHERE


Waste of the Week, #4: MONUMENTS TO ME

Waste of the Week, #5: N.C. TEAPOT MUSEUM 

Waste of the Week, #6: JOPLIN, MO INTERCHANGE


Lawrenceville, NJ - In response to Strategic Vision poll released today, U.S. Senate candidate Dick Zimmer released the following statement:

"After 24 years in Washington, Senator Lautenberg consistently remains below 50 percent among voters in almost every poll taken this cycle.  These numbers are a direct reflection on Senator Lautenberg's failure to effectively address the critical problems facing New Jersey taxpayers.  We are in the midst of an energy crisis, an affordability crisis and a financial crisis, and New Jerseyans want change. They want a Senator they can trust to look out for their best interests and make their concerns his top priority. I will be that Senator."

To View The Strategic Vision Poll Results, Click Here:


-- 24 year of Ineffective Leadership Costs NJ Taxpayers Dearly --

Lawrenceville, NJ - The Zimmer for Senate campaign today launched a new internet ad highlighting how 24 years of Senator Frank Lautenberg's ineffectiveness in Washington has hurt New Jersey families. 

Zimmer for U.S. Senate Communications Director Kristen Hainen issued the following statement: 

"This ad points out that Frank Lautenberg had 24 years in Washington to solve our energy problem, make New Jersey more affordable and put an end to pork-barrel politics, and he has failed.

"For too long Senator Lautenberg has been a part of the problem.  Time and time again he has failed.  New Jersey taxpayers deserve a Senator who will be an effective advocate for our interests and work to find practical solutions to the important challenges facing our nation.  Dick Zimmer will be that Senator."

To view the new Zimmer for Senate internet ad, click here.