WASHINGTON - Following this evening's State of the Union address, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) praised the President's plan of economic growth and job creation during his second term while focusing on Sandy recovery efforts in New Jersey.
"This evening the President made his priorities for the next four years abundantly clear - to stimulate our economy, create good jobs and expand our middle class," said Rep. Pascrell. "I know folks in my district are struggling to pay for a quality education for their children and to put fuel in their tanks. These are hard working Americans that simply want the dignity of a good job that can support their family. I spent my entire public career fighting on behalf of New Jersey's middle class to make sure they have that opportunity. Unfortunately, the Republican Party has little interest in working with us to build a stronger America. Even after the election, it’s still my way or the highway.
"While job creation is a top priority, New Jersey is still suffering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Moonachie and Little Ferry need every resource available to help residents rebuild their lives. Now that a Sandy aid bill as been passed, I will fight to ensure to that New Jerseyans get every dime they have coming to them so infrastructure can be rebuilt and businesses can be reopened.
"The President has an enormous agenda in front of him that he can't accomplish on his own. He needs the full bipartisan support of Congress to make these changes. I will continue to work with my colleagues on both side of the aisle to expand New Jersey's middle class, reform our nation's broken immigration system, rebuild a stronger Garden State in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and pass common sense gun safety reforms that keep our children and communities safe."