September 6, 2018
Van Drew Rips U.S. Department of Transportation for Failing South Jersey as $1.5 Billion in Funding Skips Garden State
New Jersey Ranks Last in the Nation in Receiving Return on Tax Dollars from Washington, Only Getting 76 Cents for Every Tax Dollar Collected
(Northfield) – Dr. Jeff Van Drew took aim today at the United States Department of Transportation for its plan to spend $1.5 billion in grant money on infrastructure projects across the country, while ignoring New Jersey even though there are critically important projects needing assistance in South Jersey. This is yet another example of the federal government failing and abusing New Jersey taxpayers who receive the lowest return in the entire country on their tax dollars from Washington, standing at 76 cents for every dollar in federal taxes paid.
Van Drew underscored that federal investment in rail and road projects could have addressed some critically needed improvement projects in South Jersey. Van Drew cited the examples of a full interchange at Exit 20 of Garden State Parkway, an
Dr. Jeff Van Drew issued the following statement:
“It is outrageous that federal bureaucrats are shortchanging South Jersey again. We already get the worst return on our federal tax dollars from Washington and now we see $1.5 billion in federal transportation projects being funded across the country ignoring the needs in South Jersey. This adds greater insult while motorists are being stuck with a 4.3 cent automatic gas tax increase while our roads are neglected. As Congressman, I will fight for South Jersey’s fair share because we need road improvements and rail modernization to serve our region, and bolster economic opportunity for our residents.”
Jeff Van Drew is a practicing dentist from Dennis