Tag Archive: Jim Saxton

New Jersey Republicans try to kill Amtrak

I’d tell you how important Amtrak is, but Rush Holt said it better:

“It is no exaggeration to say that rail service is the lifeline from which New Jersey’s state economy draws nourishment.  Our region’s employers – small, medium, and large – depend upon an integrated rail operation to enable many of their employees to get to and from work,” Holt said. “The continued operation of Amtrak is an essential component of easing traffic congestion, reducing wear and tear on roads, protecting our environment and preserving open space in New Jersey and across the country.”

That’s why all thirteen New Jersey Congressmen voted for the “Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act” — though unfortunately it faces a Bush veto.  Still, as far as New Jersey is concerned, it’s a lovely story of bipartisanship — we may even read about it in the papers tomorrow.

But it’s a happy story only if you just look at House Vote 400.  Moments before, in House Vote 399, all six New Jersey Republicans tried to kill the bill by voting to “recommit with instructions.”  

Their names are Mike Ferguson, Rodney Frelinghuysen, Scott Garrett, Frank LoBiondo, Jim Saxton, and Christopher Smith, and when you’re not paying attention, they do what Bush says.  

Myers & BurlCo GOP grabbing at Saxton’s cash?

After blowing hundreds of thousands of dollars on a primary that really wasn’t that competitive, NJ-03 Republican congressional nominee Chris Myers finds himself $1 million behind John Adler in cash on hand. Myers, a defense industry executive who was supposed to be a formidable fundraiser, raised less than $400,000 between January and May. Now, according to a report in the Asbury Park Press, Myers may get some help from retiring Republican Congressman Jim Saxton and the BurlCo GOP.

Saxton has $1.06 million sitting in his federal campaign account. Campaign finance law prohibits Saxton from giving more than $2,000 to any individual congressional campaign, but Saxton can give an unlimited amount of money to state or county parties. You bet the Burlington County Republican party wants to get its dirty hands on Saxton’s millions, which it can use to help elect Bush cheerleader Chris Myers to Congress.

Saxton tells Myers he’s wrong about the economy

Just over 1 month ago, Chris Myers had this to say…

Myers called the economy “basically strong” during an interview on 1210 AM.  

At the time I pointed to the numerous headlines of the day about the struggling economy, but today even Congressman Saxton, who hand picked Myers to succeed him, said he’s full of it…

…the associated boom in housing included all the classic signs of a speculative bubble, which now has burst with very damaging effects.

The collapse of the housing bubble has triggered massive losses in mortgage-backed securities amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars, and still climbing.  It has also exposed excessive leverage and poor underwriting standards in many financial institutions.

But I thought the economy was basically strong?  Maybe Myers wasn’t paying attention to this part of the economy because you know, it’s not a big factor or anything.  Someone better get Chris Myers the new talking points.

Garrett wants to leave Congress

Last week, the Republicans became so desperate to prevent Congress from addressing the mortgage crisis or funding the war (really!), that they resorted to repeatedly calling for votes to adjourn.  And what hard-core right-wingers went along with the call to quit without finishing their job?  

  • Mike Ferguson, who’s quitting Congress this year.

  • Jim Saxton, who’s quitting Congress this year.

  • Scott Garrett, who’s seeking to return next year.

    Here are Garrett’s votes to disrupt Congress, all on the single day of May 7th: House Vote 291, 286, 280, 279, 276, 273, 271, and 267.  

    If Garrett is so eager to leave, we should help oblige him.  No other New Jersey Republican who wants to keep his job has the nerve to act this way.

  • Happy Mother’s Day!

    Today is the day to remember and thank all the mothers in your life.  

    Once you’ve done so, also take a moment to remember Rodney Frelinghuysen, Scott Garrett, Frank LoBiondo, Chris Smith, Jim Saxton, and Mike Ferguson, who voted against Celebrating the Role of Mothers in the United States and Supporting the Goals and Ideals of Mother’s Day.  If you ask them, they might explain that they are not against mothers at all, but instead are trying to tie up Congress so it can’t accomplish anything.  Four of them go before voters in November as they seek to do the same next year.

    What will Saxton do with his money?

    Congressman Jim Saxton has over $1 million in the bank, despite the fact that he is not seeking re-election. The NRCC has been meeting with retiring members of the caucus and they want to get their hands on the left over money…

    “Between them, there is a significant amount of money,” said Republican Conference Chairman Adam H. Putnam of Florida. “I think that a number of our retirees have been and will be generous to the NRCC upon their retirement.”

    I don’t think that I can blame the committee for trying to get their hands on some of the potential $7.6 million in the pot of gold held by retirees, but it doesn’t sound like everyone is willing to help out the cause…

    “We’ve had some who have been very generous. We’ve had a few members who kind of slink off in the night,” Rep. Tom Cole , chairman of the NRCC, said Thursday.

    To be fair, Congressman Saxton already gave the NRCC 250K last December, but they want more and Saxton isn’t sure…

    “I haven’t decided yet” what to do with the rest, he said.

    So will Saxton continue with his past generosity or to quote the NRCC head, “slink off into the night?” I’d rather see $1 million spread across the country than have it spent in the 3rd District campaign or funneled to the Burlington/Ocean County GOP, but I’m guessing they won’t seek my opinion before deciding.

    What will Saxton do with his money?

    Congressman Jim Saxton has over $1 million in the bank, despite the fact that he is not seeking re-election. The NRCC has been meeting with retiring members of the caucus and they want to get their hands on the left over money…

    “Between them, there is a significant amount of money,” said Republican Conference Chairman Adam H. Putnam of Florida. “I think that a number of our retirees have been and will be generous to the NRCC upon their retirement.”

    I don’t think that I can blame the committee for trying to get their hands on some of the potential $7.6 million in the pot of gold held by retirees, but it doesn’t sound like everyone is willing to help out the cause…

    “We’ve had some who have been very generous. We’ve had a few members who kind of slink off in the night,” Rep. Tom Cole , chairman of the NRCC, said Thursday.

    To be fair, Congressman Saxton already gave the NRCC 250K last December, but they want more and Saxton isn’t sure…

    “I haven’t decided yet” what to do with the rest, he said.

    So will Saxton continue with his past generosity or to quote the NRCC head, “slink off into the night?” I’d rather see $1 million spread across the country than have it spent in the 3rd District campaign or funneled to the Burlington/Ocean County GOP, but I’m guessing they won’t seek my opinion before deciding.

    What will Saxton do with his money?

    Congressman Jim Saxton has over $1 million in the bank, despite the fact that he is not seeking re-election. The NRCC has been meeting with retiring members of the caucus and they want to get their hands on the left over money…

    “Between them, there is a significant amount of money,” said Republican Conference Chairman Adam H. Putnam of Florida. “I think that a number of our retirees have been and will be generous to the NRCC upon their retirement.”

    I don’t think that I can blame the committee for trying to get their hands on some of the potential $7.6 million in the pot of gold held by retirees, but it doesn’t sound like everyone is willing to help out the cause…

    “We’ve had some who have been very generous. We’ve had a few members who kind of slink off in the night,” Rep. Tom Cole , chairman of the NRCC, said Thursday.

    To be fair, Congressman Saxton already gave the NRCC 250K last December, but they want more and Saxton isn’t sure…

    “I haven’t decided yet” what to do with the rest, he said.

    So will Saxton continue with his past generosity or to quote the NRCC head, “slink off into the night?” I’d rather see $1 million spread across the country than have it spent in the 3rd District or funneled into Burlington and Ocean Counties, but I’m guessing they won’t seek my opinion before deciding.

    What will Saxton do with his money?

    Congressman Jim Saxton has over $1 million in the bank, despite the fact that he is not seeking re-election. The NRCC has been meeting with retiring members of the caucus and they want to get their hands on the left over money…

    “Between them, there is a significant amount of money,” said Republican Conference Chairman Adam H. Putnam of Florida. “I think that a number of our retirees have been and will be generous to the NRCC upon their retirement.”

    I don’t think that I can blame the committee for trying to get their hands on some of the potential $7.6 million in the pot of gold held by retirees, but it doesn’t sound like everyone is willing to help out the cause…

    “We’ve had some who have been very generous. We’ve had a few members who kind of slink off in the night,” Rep. Tom Cole , chairman of the NRCC, said Thursday.

    To be fair, Congressman Saxton already gave the NRCC 250K last December, but they want more and Saxton isn’t sure…

    “I haven’t decided yet” what to do with the rest, he said.

    So will Saxton continue with his past generosity or to quote the NRCC head, “slink off into the night?”  I’d rather see $1 million spread across the country than have it spent in the 3rd District or funneled into Burlington and Ocean Counties, but I’m guessing they won’t seek my opinion before deciding.

    What will Saxton do with his money?

    Congressman Jim Saxton has over $1 million in the bank, despite the fact that he is not seeking re-election. The NRCC has been meeting with retiring members of the caucus and they want to get their hands on the left over money…

    ?Between them, there is a significant amount of money,? said Republican Conference Chairman Adam H. Putnam of Florida. ?I think that a number of our retirees have been and will be generous to the NRCC upon their retirement.?

    I don’t think that I can blame the committee for trying to get their hands on some of the potential $7.6 million in the pot of gold held by retirees, but it doesn’t sound like everyone is willing to help out the cause…

    ?We?ve had some who have been very generous. We?ve had a few members who kind of slink off in the night,? Rep. Tom Cole , chairman of the NRCC, said Thursday.

    To be fair, Congressman Saxton already gave the NRCC 250K last December, but they want more and Saxton isn’t sure…

    ?I haven?t decided yet? what to do with the rest, he said.

    So will Saxton continue with his past generosity or to quote the NRCC head, “slink off into the night?”