The Great Recession, coupled with the collapse of four casinos and the loss of 10,000 jobs, hit South Jersey harder than almost any other region in the United States. Atlantic County has the highest foreclosure rate in the Nation, and for years we have lagged behind the rest of the country in unemployment.
We must work harder to bring manufacturing jobs back to South Jersey. We must do all that we can to promote our vital tourism economy. The government needs to do more to help, not hinder, our agriculture and fishing industries. There is so much potential here in South Jersey, and Representative Van Drew will work every day to fight to bring jobs back here for our working families.
To boost our economy, we need tax reform that benefits middle-class families, not the multi-millionaires and corporate giants. It is time for a real middle-class tax cut that benefits hard-working South Jersey families and small businesses.
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MAYS LANDING- Today, Congressman Jeff Van Drew announced two more additional Air Improvement Program Grants (AIP) in South Jersey. Included in the grants were $11.2 million for runway improvements at Atlantic City International Airport, and $1.4 million for Millville Municipal Airport in Millville for improvements to the Apron portion of the airport.
“These funds are another big win for South Jersey and our community,” said Congressman Van Drew. “I will always advocate for smart expenditures in our infrastructure and these are much-needed investment.”
CAPE MAY- Today, Congressman Jeff Van Drew announced that Cape May County Airport will be receiving an Air Improvement Program grant (AIP) totaling more than 2.7 million dollars (more than $2.3 million previously unannounced). The AIP will be used for improvements to the runway and runway lighting at the airport.
“This is a huge win for our area,” said Congressman Van Drew. “This grant will allow for much-needed improvements to the Cape May County airport and I am ecstatic for the positive impact this will have.”
WASHINGTON-Today, Congressman Jeff Van Drew introduced the Workforce Recovery and Training Services Act. The legislation is designed to address the needs of workers in a post-COVID 19 job market. It authorizes the Department of Labor to disburse $3.5 billion dollars to states, with priority given to higher impacted areas. Senator Daines (R-MT) introduced the Senate companion legislation earlier this week.
The legislation includes:
MAYS LANDING- Today, Congressman Van Drew voiced his extreme concern with the process of reopening Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) facilities. Lines at almost every location were backed up to enormous levels, with some people waiting in line all day and still not receiving help. In some cases, law enforcement had to step in to assist in the process.
This is no longer about safety. This is Governor Murphy forcing businesses to die; businesses that just spent months investing and preparing to open at a time he gave his word to them on. The restaurants placed food orders, bought PPE, hired staff back, and started advertising.
How is going to a busy big-box store any safer than a prepared restaurant?
To compare us to other states undermines the pain and the work that went in to keeping us at the diminishing virus levels we are currently at. It does not represent any sense of reality in New Jersey.
MAYS LANDING- Today, Congressman Jeff Van Drew joined a lawsuit to force Governor Murphy to reopen the South Jersey economy. As a small business owner in South Jersey for decades, Congressman Van Drew is joining his fellow business owners to stop the onerous restrictions set by Governor Murphy. South Jersey and seasonal businesses depend on the summer months to survive for the year, and many are still in the dark on when and how they can reopen.
MAYS LANDING-Today, Congressman Jeff Van Drew blasted the decision of the South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA) to raise tolls on hardworking South Jersey families in the middle of a pandemic.
“Under the cover and darkness of a pandemic the SJTA voted to take more money from people in South Jersey who are already financially beaten down,” said Congressman Van Drew. “This is a disgusting abuse of the people of South Jersey and they have nobody to blame but the SJTA (except for Sonny McCullough who voted no). This is a dark day in New Jersey’s history.”
WASHINGTON- Today, Congressman Jeff Van Drew announced his opposition to the $3 trillion spending bill that Nancy Pelosi unveiled this week. While there are pieces of this legislation that would be beneficial to the current COVID crisis we are in, Speaker Pelosi has added in her wishlist of progressive, nation-changing proposals that she knows will never be signed into law.
MAYS LANDING- Today, Congressman Jeff Van Drew is calling on Governor Murphy to surge resources and create a taskforce over the shortfalls in execution on unemployment payments. Congressman Van Drew is requesting an “around- the-clock” approach and to pool resources (including utilizing short-term contract work for those affected) to fix the problems in an inundated system with outdated computer programming language that was first used in 1959. Congressman Van Drew and his staff are also offering to volunteer support to the state to help process and expedite claims.
I wanted to update you on some important happenings in Washington and in New Jersey.