Shutdown in New Jersey

In an article today the NY Times indicates that New Jersey is on the low end of the spectrum of the number of federal employees per 100,000 residents. Washington, DC is hit the hardest with 986 per 100,000. That seems like good news for us. But it’s terrible news for the federal employees not being paid in our state. With 2,883, Essex County has the most federal workers.

In reality it’s bad news for all of us. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-Wyckoff, listed just a few of the consequences, including no money to train new air traffic controllers; no staff to process small-business loans; and reduced inspections by Environmental Protection Agency and Food and Drug Administration workers, increasing the risk for food-borne illnesses. Travelers may experience delays in passing through inspections as TSA workers receive only a little more than minimum wage and without a paycheck may not be able to get to work. Companies that need a federal license to open up just have to wait.  

And it may get worse. New Jersey has about 730,000 SNAP recipients, 12,600 TANF recipients and 60,000 children in the child care subsidy program. They are currently safe but may not be so in a few weeks. 

As Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-7th Dist) put it, “We do not need to build a monument to the president’s ego that anyone with a ladder could get over, and that would make America look fearful and foolish.”

What we need is a decent President doing the job he is expected to do. 

Photo credit: NYTimes

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