You have to love the NJ GOP. It’s not like Republican Assemblyman Joe Malone called on his own members of Congress to work in a bi-partisan manner to help pass the stimulus. That doesn’t really matter because now he is looking for a bi-partisan effort to distribute the funds. From his press release:
In a letter written to Governor Jon Corzine today, Assembly Budget Officer Joseph Malone called on the governor to establish a bipartisan panel to oversee the disbursement of federal stimulus funds that will ensure an open and fair process. In addition to bipartisan representation, Malone’s letter also suggested that members from both the executive and legislative branches be included on the panel.
There’s nothing particularly wrong with calling for bi-partisan members to distribute the funds, but then Malone can’t resists the chance to take his partisan shot:
Recent events regarding spending decisions have led to a general lack of confidence by the public regarding the ability of elected officials to wisely spend tax dollars.
Hmm, I wonder who he’s talking about there? I feel pretty safe in assuming he’s hitting at the Democrats in power and not George Bush’s two terms in office. Then Malone goes on to attack the stimulus as he hopes to steer how to spend it:
And, despite the characterization as a “stimulus,” these are tax dollars.
Wow, big surprise there. He joins other republicans who want to set terms, but still can’t even acknowledge it’s a stimulus package without putting quotes around the word. He’s taking after LoBiondo with that. Malone continued:
Also, it is important that a broad consensus be achieved regarding how the federal funding is to be used. It would be unwise to create new or expand existing programs knowing that there will be no money to continue that funding once the federal assistance dries up. I am sure that you have heard that governors of other states have expressed concern with taking certain components of the federal stimulus funding because of associated requirements. These are the types of decisions that should be reviewed by a bipartisan panel.
Why doesn’t he just suggest the state turn down the money like Louisiana’s Governor if he’s so opposed to it? After not doing anything to help get the funding, including even asking his colleagues in Congress to support the efforts, Malone now wants to now dictate how it will be used. He talks about the lack of confidence in elected officials forgetting that he is one himself. Sounds like Republican bi-partisanship to me.