REPUBLICANS WANT SUBSTANTIVE TRANSPORTATION ISSUES ON THE AGENDA

ASSEMBLY TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE SHOULD BE DISCUSSING SPECIFIC PROJECTS TO IMPROVE TRANSIT AND PUT PEOPLE TO WORK

Assemblymen John Amodeo and Scott T. Rumana requested that members of the Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities Committee meet soon to discuss how to proceed with road projects that are needed to improve crumbling roads and create jobs in a failing economy.

?Any cost-saving measure, such as eliminating specialty license plates, deserves our attention, but our top priority right now has to be the economy,? Rumana, R-Passaic, Bergen and Essex, said. ?We should be focusing on the big picture – getting people back to work and improving our deteriorating highway infrastructure – not dwelling in minutia.

?In the year I have served on the Transportation committee, we have yet to discuss a single road project,? Rumana added.

Amodeo, R-Atlantic, said addressing long-ignored infrastructure projects now could add jobs in a state that lost more than 60,000 jobs last year.

?We must keep people working and our transportation system flowing,? Amodeo said. ?We should do anything we can to save money in these tough fiscal times, but we have to consider road projects that will better help our economy by improving business and creating jobs.?

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