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No Surprise Ridgewood Mayor Paul No Surprise Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn supports more unchecked government spending through “Sandy Aid”


No Surprise Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn  supports more unchecked government spending through “Sandy Aid”  

Opinion: Garrett needs to come on board and back Sandy aid

Paul Aronsohn, the mayor of Ridgewood, was the 2006 Democratic candidate for Congress in the 5th District.

IN TIMES of crisis, Americans pull together. We saw it after the 9/11 attacks. We are seeing it now in the wake of the mass murder in Newtown. It is what we do. It is who we are.

It is against this backdrop that President Obama has put forward a proposed post-superstorm Sandy aid package – one that has garnered support on both sides of the political aisle. Governor Christie supports it. N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports it. All members of the New Jersey and New York congressional delegations support it … with only one exception.

Despite the storm’s devastating impact on our state – including in the local towns of Moonachie and Little Ferry — our own congressman, Scott Garrett, is the lone holdout and is poised to be the only federal New Jersey official to oppose this all-important measure.

In fact, rather than throw the full weight of his office behind the president’s proposed $60 billion aid package, he has delayed consideration with accusations about “wasteful spending” and lack of accountability.

Rather than encourage his fellow Republicans to support the measure, he has given them political cover to oppose the much-needed assistance. This follows his decision last month to be the only New Jersey member of Congress – Republican or Democrat – not to sign a joint letter to congressional leadership urging bipartisan support for disaster relief.



Editors note: The Mayor seems to be in favor of of more taxpayer funded waste . Politicians love to use emergencies to pick the pockets of tax payers 

The Bergen Record , Star Ledger , omitted to mention just like the Katrina Aid …

Budget watchdogs have dubbed the 94-page emergency-spending bill “Sandy Scam.”

“The pork-barrel feast includes more than $8 million to buy cars and equipment for the Homeland Security and Justice departments. It also includes a whopping $150 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to dole out to fisheries in Alaska and $2 million for the Smithsonian Institution to repair museum roofs in DC.

An eye-popping $13 billion would go to “mitigation” projects to prepare for future storms.

Other big-ticket items in the bill include $207 million for the VA Manhattan Medical Center; $41 million to fix up eight military bases along the storm’s path, including Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; $4 million for repairs at Kennedy Space Center in Florida; $3.3 million for the Plum Island Animal Disease Center and $1.1 million to repair national cemeteries.”


5 thoughts on “No Surprise Ridgewood Mayor Paul No Surprise Ridgewood Mayor Paul Aronsohn supports more unchecked government spending through “Sandy Aid”

  1. Well it looks like Mayor Paul Aronsohn is beginning his run for Congressman Scott Garrett seat.

  2. good as long as he don’t screw up the village . he needs to know that the tax people of ridgewood need and love the services of the town. we must keep the village nice and clean the way we like it.

  3. Paul got his tail kicked by Garrett years ago. Even Democrat voters know a tax and spend liberal when they see one.

  4. the talk of the town is he thinks he could do a zero tax base for 2013. if he goes that way the village will suffer down the road.

  5. real fiscal conservatives would be voting against ALL the spending in the Sandy relief bill. why are 49 states of taxpayers paying to rebuild new jersey? because it’s our turn?

    to frame the debate this way only gives our congressman the opportunity to look conservative by comparison. any time there’s a federal spending bill the flood gates open for all this special interest spending that necessarily comes along for the ride. so now in order to get the votes needed to get this deficit spending earmarked for new jersey deals need to be cut. then we thank garrett for only spending $40b of money the treasury doesn’t have. what have we become.

    contrary to what aronshon said garrett hasn’t acted on ideology, he’s making a political statement. they both are. their positions only differ in the amount not in principle. they are pretty much arguing over the rounding error.

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