The New York Times is reporting that Democrats have begun a series of robo-calls, web videos and blast emails attacking House Republicans over proposed cuts in the federal budget.
According to the Times:
“The phone calls and messages, many of which are being aimed at Republicans in districts that President Obama won in 2008, are tailored to specifically mention local programs that would end if Republicans get their way in the budget fight on Capitol Hill.”
Interestingly, none of New Jersey’s Republican delegation is on the list, not even U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan, (R-3), who has already been targeted by the Democrats as vulnerable in 2012.
Joining the Democrats in their assault is U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who Wednesday decried the Republican cuts as dangerous to homeland security.
In a release, Lautenberg (D-NJ) said area security programs stand to lose some $67 million under the Republican proposal.
“House Republicans are willing to put our homeland security on the line in order to meet their Tea Party campaign promises,” said Lautenberg. “Our state is home to the two-mile stretch most at risk for a terrorist attack in America, and I will fight for sufficient funds to protect the people of our state. Instead of taking a responsible approach to reducing the deficit, the House Republicans want to make dangerous cuts to programs that have been proven effective in securing our nation.”
Among the cuts that will effect New Jersey are :
– $33 million in cuts to New Jersey port security.
– $27 million in cuts to Transit Security in the New Jersey region.
– $4 million in cuts to the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI).
– $3 million in cuts to State Homeland Security Grant Program.