Assembly Homeland Security Committee Chairwoman Annette Quijano (D-20), Union, called on members of the U.S. Senate Wednesday to defeat the Republican-led effort in the House of Representatives to drastically cut funding for homeland security in the new federal budget.
“New Jersey is no stranger to homeland security threats,” Quijano said in a release. “As a representative of one of our largest port cities, with proximity to one of the nation’s busiest airports, I fully understand the importance of homeland security to the safety and well-being of our residents.”
She called upon New Jersey’s Democratic U.S. senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez for their support in the effort.
Quijano noted that the budget bill passed by the House of Representatives slashes homeland security grants by more than two-thirds, affecting operations throughout New Jersey.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey would see its funding reduced from $33.8 million to just $11.2 million while in South Jersey the Delaware River and Bay would see its funding cut from $16 million to $5.3 million.