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Posted: 8/12/2005 4:26:07 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2005 4:27:08 AM EDT by KlubMarcus]

... This week, Newark Star-Ledger reporter Rick Hepp revealed that the office of acting Democratic New Jersey Gov. Richard Codey "played a key role in doling out millions of dollars in state homeland security grants this year to legislative districts controlled by his party," contrary to his public denials. The federal funds had been originally sent to the state for vital counterterrorism purchases -- things like first-responder equipment that small towns might not have been able to afford. Democrats control both houses of the New Jersey legislature, as well as the governor's office.

One memo obtained by Hepp from a top official in New Jersey's attorney general's office describes the homeland security money as "Christmas Tree funding" -- a phrase, explains Hepp, long used around the capitol "to describe grants given along party lines to loyal and politically connected lawmakers for use on pet projects in home districts."

The Star-Ledger had earlier reported that 93 percent of the $23 million in federal homeland security money doled out in the Garden State since 2002 had gone to districts controlled by Democrats. More than $8 million was allocated for the program for fiscal year 2005, with 94 percent going to districts controlled by Democrats. "The last time I saw an election with a percentage like that is when Saddam Hussein ran for president," quipped state Sen. Bill Gormley, R-Atlantic.

Meanwhile, irony-challenged national Dems continue to pound President Bush for politicizing federal homeland security allocation decisions -- and leading the way are New Jersey's Sen. Jon Corzine and Rep. Robert Menendez. Menendez railed about the Bush administration's alleged inadequate funding for rail and transit security. A Corzine press release last month touted Senate Democrats posturing as the responsible overseers of domestic security purse strings: ...

Uh oh, looks like NJ would be a ripe target for terrorist attack!
Link Posted: 8/31/2005 2:38:43 PM EDT
What kind of damage could terrorists do to NJ that hasn't already been done by the Dems. There are far better targets of opportunity. NJ would be a waste of their efforts since it's already such a wasteland.
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