In this case, New Jersey Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen wants to take $900 million away from other states’ infrastructure plans to build a bridge and tunnel between New York and New Jersey.
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen is moving to boost the New York and New Jersey Gateway project in large part by eliminating a popular $500 million infrastructure grant program championed by former President Barack Obama. That program funded transportation projects nationwide, including set-asides for rural areas.
Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., also would earmark $400 million in mass transit grants toward a new tunnel under the Hudson River to service Amtrak and a New Jersey commuter rail line.
The move by the 12-term Republican is reminiscent of pork barrel politics of the recent past, when powerful lawmakers like Sen. Robert Byrd used the annual appropriations bills that fund the government to move billions of dollars into their states.
The current program funds infrastructure projects in all fifty states. Frelinghuysen would eliminate it and use all the money for his pet project. If we go down this road we will soon again see powerful members of Congress building vanity projects and bridges to nowhere.
Keep your eyes out for this and make sure your member of Congress knows to oppose it.