At the plasma physics lab, Holt was responsible for institutional planning and government relations, and created the science education department, lab spokeswoman Kitta MacPherson said. "As a member of Congress, he has continued to take an active interest in the laboratory and has visited on a number of occasions to keep up to date on its progress," she said.
That's why it was so alarming when Governor Christie shut down the ARC tunnel project connecting North Jersey to New York City. In doing so, he cost New Jersey $3 billion in federal funds, 6,000 construction jobs and 40,000 permanent jobs that were tied to the project. Christie's also made it tougher on New Jersey commuters, forcing transit rates to go up by 25%.
Barbara was a strong supporter of the ARC project and understands the value of investing in our infrastructure to make our workers and our businesses more competitive. She'll ensure that transportation funds are used to reduce congestion and improve commuter rail, not diverted to tax cuts for the wealthy.
"We're making all the wrong decisions in Washington, D.C.," he said.
Menendez emphasized his efforts to help the middle class grow and prosper, listing New Jersey's biotechnology and solar industries as areas that he helped to promote.
Both candidates indicated that failing to avoid the impending "fiscal cliff"--a set of large spending cuts and tax increases set to take effect in January unless Congress takes action--would be unacceptable.
Menendez promised Congress would find a way to meet this challenge. "There will be no tax increases on New Jerseyans or Americans in January," he said.
Kyrillos attacked Menendez and the Congress for waiting until the last minute to respond. "I'm not sure he understands what's at stake. I can't believe that they allow the uncertainty to exist out there," Kyrillos said. "Why can't they get their act together?"
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