Monday, December 14, 2009

Salem County Railroad

Some more federal funding for the Salem County Railroad:

The county-owned railroad is slated to receive $750,000. The funds will be used for the continued rehabilitation of the railroad.

“We are delighted that our congressional delegation has been able to secure additional funding for our Salem County short-line,” Freeholder Deputy Director Beth Timberman said...


“The funding in this measure is going to be a real boost for New Jersey; it will help create jobs, expand and improve our transportation infrastructure, and upgrade medical facilities across the state,” Sen. Frank L. Lautenberg, D-NJ...

U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd Dist., made sure the $750,000 for the county railroad was included in the House version of the spending bill, according to his spokesman Jason Galanes.

LoBiondo has been a big supporter of the county’s action to revitalize the railroad and the positive economic impact it can have on the area.


Good for all of them.

Frank LoBiondo's opposition to Wall Street reforms

This week Frank LoBiondo, like all other Republicans, voted against the The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009. He also voted for the Minnick Amendment, which The Hill says was meant to gut a key part of financial overhaul legislation by eliminating the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA). Thinking of the events since Frank LoBiondo came to Congress -- the internet bubble, Enron, the housing bubble, the stock market crashes -- it's hard to see why he doesn't see the need for reform.

In any case, the DNC has put out this release:

Rep. LoBiondo, Republicans Oppose Financial Regulatory Reform, Side With Wall Street Over Main Street


Even After Irresponsible Practices Of Wall Street Put Our Economy On The Brink Of Collapse, Rep. LoBiondo Votes Against Reform



Washington, DC – Despite the fact that small businesses and families in New Jersey are still bearing the burden of Wall Street’s poor choices, Rep. LoBiondo last week turned his back on New Jersey residents and voted to let the financial sector continue their risky practices unchecked. On Friday, Rep. LoBiondo and his Republican colleagues in Congress unanimously voted against the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009. The bill, which passed without a single Republican vote, will help stabilize our economy and reign in the irresponsible Wall Street practices that put our economy on the brink of collapse. Championed by President Obama and Democrats in Congress, the bill will protect New Jersey families and small businesses from the unfair and abusive practices that have harmed so many.

Rep. LoBiondo’s no vote is just further evidence that he is out of touch with the people of the 2nd Congressional District, who voted to put President Obama in the White House last November. If Rep. LoBiondo continues to side with Wall Street and big business rather than New Jersey’s residents, he could be at political risk this November.

“It is unbelievable that Rep. LoBiondo and the Republican Party continue to stand by the Wall Street executives whose excessive greed and risk-taking nearly caused an economic meltdown just over one year ago. New Jersey families and small businesses are still suffering from the fallout of Wall Street’s irresponsible behavior, but Rep. LoBiondo wants to let the companies that got us into this mess continue to go unchecked,” said DNC Regional Press Secretary Michael Czin. “Last year, the people of the 2nd Congressional District voted for change because they knew that eight years of failed Bush economic policies had put us in a downward spiral. If Rep. LoBiondo continues to stand by the irresponsible economic policies of the Bush era, he will stand to pay a heavy price at the polls next year.”

Friday, December 11, 2009

Frank LoBiondo on President Obama's Afghanistan Strategy

I early posted that I couldn't find Frank LoBiondo's statement on the new Afghanistan strategy, but actually I must have just missed it. Here it is:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, tonight issued the following statement after the President addressed the nation on his new strategic plan for Afghanistan, including the addition of 30,000 troops to combat theater in the coming weeks.

“Tonight, the President informed the American people of his new strategy in attempt to stem the Taliban uprising and Al Qaeda resurgence in Afghanistan and the region. I am heartened the President finally gave serious consideration to the recommendations of our commanders in the field. I strongly believe the men and women of our military, who selflessly serve our country, should not be short-changed in the resources and reinforcements they need to complete their mission.

“I have serious and growing concerns about the stability and ability of the Afghan government to effectively govern its own country. The deadly determination of Taliban insurgents and the ongoing efforts of Al Qaeda to re-establish itself in the region are clear. These are critical issues that must be addressed in order for us to succeed and our troops to return home safely. I have spoken with General McChrystal about these concerns and look forward to his testimony before the House Armed Services Committee next week.”

LoBiondo has visited the Afghanistan region seven times since 2005. On his most recent trip in late August 2009, LoBiondo met with General Stanley McChrystal for over an hour in Afghanistan.

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A good statement in my opinion. The only open question is whether "I strongly believe the men and women of our military, who selflessly serve our country, should not be short-changed in the resources and reinforcements they need to complete their mission" would go so far as to support new taxes to actually pay for these resources.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

More on 2010 Challengers

I forgot to link to the excellent Press of Atlantic City article on challengers to Frank LoBiondo.

Democrat Van Drew unlikely to run against LoBiondo

I had a little fun with the Tea Party crowd, but the two party system is pretty resilient. Democrats are the most likely to beat Frank LoBiondo. One highly touted possibility is State Senator Jeff Van Drew of Cape May county, but he's tells Politicker NJ he's unlikely to run next year:

“I’m not trying to be coy. The bottom line is this: I’m very focused on the state issues right now. They are huge. They’re historic. They’re beyond anything the state of New Jersey has ever seen,” said Van Drew in a phone interview last week.

Van Drew has been recruited by Democratic leaders about a prospective congressional run before, particularly for the 2008 election.

“I never say never… but I’d say the likelihood is not there,” he said.


There's not much doubt he'd be the strongest challenger, so I'm sure Frank LoBiondo is happy to see this.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Helpful advice to the right on recall elections

My "google alert" for Frank LoBiondo recently brought up a post at a myspace-like place called "Patriotic Resistance." (The post may actually be a few months old.) Anyway, one of the conservative activists at that site, who lives in a town near mine, reports that she "shocked" Frank LoBiondo's staff by explaining how she plans to launch a recall of Senator Bob Menendez, and also intimidated LoBiondo into changing his vote on cap-n-trade. Well, maybe there's some truth to the latter, but her plan to recall Menendez by gathering "292,000" signatures isn't going to work. As the New Jersey State Constitution, Article 1, Section 2b:

The people reserve unto themselves the power to recall, after at least one year of service, any elected official in this State or representing this State in the United States Congress. The Legislature shall enact laws to provide for such recall elections. Any such laws shall include a provision that a recall election shall be held upon petition of at least 25% of the registered voters in the electoral district of the official sought to be recalled. If legislation to implement this constitutional amendment is not enacted within one year of the adoption of the amendment, the Secretary of State shall, by regulation, implement the constitutional amendment, except that regulations adopted by the Secretary of State shall be superseded by any subsequent legislation consistent with this constitutional amendment governing recall elections. The sufficiency of any statement of reasons or grounds procedurally required shall be a political rather than a judicial question.


According to the latest state voter registration statistics, there are 5,227,896 registered voters in New Jersey. So to recall Senator Menendez, my conservative friends will need a minimum of 1,306,974 signatures. Chris Christie only got 1,174,445 votes, so that might be a bit tough for them.

On the other hand, there are just 430,010 registered voters in Frank LoBiondo's district (New Jersey 2), so maybe the target of 107,503 signatures would be a better initial goal. The right could collect signatures for both Menendez and LoBiondo at the same time. I'm just trying to be helpful! :)

On the other hand, maybe it would easier to follow the lead of my last post: an independent Tea Party candidate would have a better chance to win. In 2006, LoBiondo got 109,040 votes, so you could defeat him in November 2010 from the Tea Party side with fewer votes than you need to recall him.

Could this be true: Tea Party more popular than Republicans?

I find it hard to believe anyone could really challenge Frank LoBiondo from the right, but if this Rasmussen Poll is true maybe it is possible:

Running under the Tea Party brand may be better in congressional races than being a Republican.

In a three-way Generic Ballot test, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds Democrats attracting 36% of the vote. The Tea Party candidate picks up 23%, and Republicans finish third at 18%. Another 22% are undecided.

Among voters not affiliated with either major party, the Tea Party comes out on top. Thirty-three percent (33%) prefer the Tea Party candidate, and 30% are undecided. Twenty-five percent (25%) would vote for a Democrat, and just 12% prefer the GOP.

Among Republican voters, 39% say they’d vote for the GOP candidate, but 33% favor the Tea Party option.


Ramussen goes on to say "In practical terms, it is unlikely that a true third-party option would perform as well as the polling data indicates." which is the understatement of the year. Furthermore, LoBiondo has the advantage of incumbency. Still, something to keep an eye on. Unfortunately for me, it seems like this pressure is more likely to get LoBiondo to fall into line with the right wing, than to end up getting rid of him.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Frank LoBiondo: Wealth and Seniority

Blue Jersey has a post called Money and Power in Congress, looking at the Roll Call report on wealth in the House of Representatives. As Roll Call explains,

The table below lists the minimum value of the assets and liabilities of Members of the House of Representatives as reported on their 2009 financial disclosure forms (covering calendar year 2008). Assets include stocks, bank accounts, rental properties and other income-producing holdings; liabilities are most frequently mortgages and other bank loans. Assets and liabilites are reported in broad ranges; this table uses the minimum of all reported ranges and subtracts liabilities from assets to produce a minimum net worth.


Anyone who has voted in New Jersey--whether a liberal, moderate or conservative, Democrat or Republican--has voted for some very wealthy people, but it's still nice to know.

Frank LoBiondo has an estimated $370,000 in assets, but $100,000 in liabilities, for a minimum net worth of $270,000. Needless to say that's comfortable -- remember it is a minimum -- but not really rich, as rich is defined nowadays in Congress, and nowhere near the scale of wealth that allows one to self-finance statewide campaigns.

Also, LoBiondo is 131st in seniority.

Frank LoBiondo on President Obama's Afghanistan Strategy

Unfortunately, it seems Representative Frank LoBiondo did not post his reaction to President Obama's speech outlining his Afghanistan-Pakistan war strategy, but the Courier-Post has this snippet:

Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo, R-N.J., said he was "heartened the president finally gave serious consideration to the recommendations of our commanders in the field." But the member of the House Armed Services Committee also voiced "serious and growing concerns about the stability and ability of the Afghan government."


If anti-war Democrats vote against funding, Representative LoBiondo's vote may be needed to fund this escalation of the war he supports. I'd like to see the full statement since I too am concerned about the Afghan government.

Friday, November 27, 2009

LoBiondo cuts Medicare Doctor Reimbursements, hopes everyone forgets.

Here's an interesting November 19, 2009 press release from Frank LoBiondo saying "LoBiondo Supports Protecting Local Doctors from Cuts to Medicare Payments":

“For the past seven years, I’ve supported efforts to protect our doctors and their staffs from scheduled Medicare reimbursement cuts, which in the end would affect the care they are able to give their patients. Today, I voted for a plan that would prevent the scheduled doctors’ reimbursement cuts, would not add to the deficit, and would ensure future South Jersey seniors are not shouldering the costs. Regrettably, it was not the bill that was approved by the full House today,” said LoBiondo.


What's interesting about this? It's not just that LoBiondo voted against getting rid of the cuts, after all, the press release is clear enough. It's not that he claims to have voted for a Republican alternative, when there was no such roll-call vote that day. No, those are all in a days work.

The impressive bit of hypocrisy is that the cuts are due to the "Balanced Budget Act of 1997" (H.R. 2015) which, of course, Frank LoBiondo and his Republican colleagues made law. These cuts are entirely his creation! When the Republican party actually cared about deficits -- at least the name of the 1997 law says they did -- they created a "Sustainable Growth Rate" formula which would have reduced the deficit by paying doctors less. Whether it's a good idea or not, I don't know, but it is the law thanks to Frank LoBiondo's 1997 votes, whatever press release he sends out in 2009.

Sadly, we can expect that no reporter will ever notice the contradiction.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

DNC runs radio ad against Frank LoBiondo

The DNC is running a radio ad against Frank LoBiondo (NJ-2).

You can listen to it here: Lobiondo radio ad (mp3).

In last year's historic election, voters in New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District supported President Obama and his call for change.

But when it came to fixing our broken health insurance system, Congressman Frank LoBiondo voted for more of the same.

When the U.S. House passed health insurance reform that would provide Americans quality, affordable care, Congressman LoBiondo stood with the insurance industry, not the people he was elected to represent.

Congressman LoBiondo voted against ending discrimination based on pre-existing conditions, against reining in skyrocketing premiums, and against expanding health coverage to more Americans.

Congressman LoBiondo joined Republicans in Washington and voted against real reform. He stood with the health insurance industry instead of us.

Call Congressman Frank LoBiondo at (202) 225-3121 and tell him it's time to stand up for reform, not insurance companies.

Paid for by the Democratic National Committee. Democrats.org. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee. The DNC is responsible for the content of this advertising.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

DNC takes aim at Frank LoBiondo's No Vote on Health Care Reform

Following Frank LoBiondo's vote against reform, Michael Czin of the DNC put out this statement:

Rep. LoBiondo and the Party of No Vote Against Health Insurance Reform, Side With the Insurance Industry over New Jersey Residents

Move Will Place Rep. LoBiondo in Political Peril Next November


Washington – Tonight, the House of Representatives passed historic health insurance reform legislation that will end unfair insurance industry practices like denying coverage because of a pre-existing condition, dropping coverage for those who get sick and placing lifetime caps on coverage. But instead of standing with New Jersey residents who want and need these protections, Rep. LoBiondo chose to stand on the side of profit hungry insurance companies.

The legislation Rep. LoBiondo voted against will not only provide these important consumer protections, but it will also reduce the spiraling cost of health care, rein in out of control premium increases, place a cap on out of pocket costs and extend coverage to nearly every American without it today.

The so called “plan” Rep. LoBiondo’s party did propose would give more goodies to the insurance companies that help their bottom lines: allowing them to charge more while providing less, deny coverage because of pre-existing conditions and drop New Jersey residents when they get sick. And, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the Republican Plan would only cover 3 million more Americans who currently lack insurance over the next ten years - barely a dent in the tens of millions of Americans who lack insurance today. The Republican Party’s plan—the "Health Insurance Company Protection Act"— would do more to protect insurance companies than patients.

Rep. LoBiondo’s vote tonight may score him points with the extreme far right wing of the Republican party, but it won’t get him any credit with the voters of New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District.

“It’s disappointing, but not surprising that Rep. LoBiondo chose to stand with the insurance companies instead of New Jersey residents. Today, Rep. LoBiondo voted against a historic bill which will protect New Jersey residents from unfair insurance company practices and will provide coverage for millions of Americans,” said Democratic Party spokesman ­­­­­­­Michael Czin. “But standing on the side of insurance company CEOs and the far right wing of the Republican party isn’t just bad policy, it’s bad politics. Rep. LoBiondo can rest assured that after voting against health insurance reform today, the people of the 2nd Congressional District will not be voting for him next November.”

Thursday, November 5, 2009

LoBiondo statement on heath care reform

Frank LoBiondo's statement on health care reform is out. He continues to oppose the bill. The statement is quite detailed, which I have to respect even if I disagree with his conclusions.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

I wasn't joking, conservatives want to purge LoBiondo

I wasn't joking in the last post and I wasn't trying to make trouble.

Here's a conservative post, inspired by the NY-23 special election, calling for LoBiondo and other moderates to be defeated.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Bad News for Frank LoBiondo in the NY-23 Special Election

Today's withdrawal by Dede Scozzafava in the NY23 special election to Congress is an important milestone. In her statement, she says "It is increasingly clear that pressure is mounting on many of my supporters to shift their support." It's a polite way of noting that the far-right conservatives -- mostly outside the district -- have successfully purged her for perceived disloyalty to conservatism.

This must be a very unwelcome development for Frank LoBiondo. To be sure, he's "pro-life" and part of the Gingrich's Revolutionary Class of 1994, so he has right-wing credentials she doesn't. But his occasional moderate votes are increasingly unwelcome to conservatives both inside and outside of Congress. His vote in favor of the energy bill earned him attacks nationwide by outraged conservatives. There's many who would love to get rid of him.

Now, LoBiondo, unlike Scozzafava, has lots of money and the advantage of incumbency. It's now possible to imagine a successful challenge to him, but it's extremely unlikely. But today we see one more step down a road along which moderate Republicanism is extinguished.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Offshore Drilling there but not here

I noticed "That's My Congress calling our Frank LoBiondo for trying to ban offshore drilling, but only near New Jersey:

Last year, LoBiondo voted in favor of H.R. 6899, the ironically-entitled Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act (the legislation helped to promote risky sources of energy from which American consumers need protection). That legislation effectively lifted the moratorium on offshore drilling for oil in American waters.

This year, however, LoBiondo is the primary sponsor of H.R. 2439, a bill that would forbid new offshore drilling for oil - but only in the waters belonging to LoBiondo’s home state of New Jersey.


Whoever wrote it went to on to make an interesting point:

With H.R. 2439, Representative LoBiondo and his colleagues have fallen prey to a cynical divide-and-conquer strategy devised by lobbyists for big oil companies. First, these lobbyists convinced members of Congress to vote in favor of expanded offshore drilling - but with the idea that Representatives could create special protections for their own states, letting other states take all the risks. Now that the barriers to new drilling have been taken down, members of state delegations to the House of Representatives have put together legislation that would ban offshore drilling, but only in their own states. Each little state-based coalition lacks the votes it needs for its own bill, with a state-against-state dynamic, and so the coastline in every state remains vulnerable the oil spills that inevitably come as a result of increased drilling.


I'd add, though, that there's no particular reason to think LoBiondo or anyone else is sincere when introducing such a local bill. More likely it is just posturing, so he can point to the bill when criticized. Of course I have no idea what's in his heart.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Did Frank LoBiondo Have a Conservative Radio Host Fired?

This is an interesting dispute. Conservative Seth Grossman claims Frank Lobiondo had him fired:

Last July I got tired of hosting a two-way talk program every weekday afternoon on an Ocean City radio station. So I started a new one-hour program Saturday mornings on 92.1 FM WVLT in Vineland. Then I set up a second one-hour program for Friday afternoons on an Atlantic County station.

I agreed to pay the full market rate, and signed up more than enough sponsors. Both I and the station made public announcements, and I even appeared twice as a guest host in advance... But talk radio is very important to local Republican politicians like Republican Congressman Frank LoBiondo and Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson...

My daily radio program messed things up for both of them. I told the details of how LoBiondo voted to blackmail President Bush into using union contractors for Katrina relief home repairs, end secret ballots for union elections, and waste billions around the country to get beach erosion money down here. I told how LoBiondo was one of only eight Republicans who voted for big new taxes on coal, gas, and oil – while banning offshore drilling for cheap oil...


Seth Grossman continued to press his claims in Shore News:

Last month I asked, “Cui bono?” (who benefits) to find out who “persuaded” the owners of an Atlantic County radio station to cancel my one-hour-a-week program before it even began. I then concluded that Republican Congressman Frank LoBiondo and Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson benefited the most, had the means, and were most likely the culprits.

After I wrote that, Dennis Levinson wrote a letter that was published in this paper disputing much of what I wrote – but not my main point: that he had used his public office to kick me off the air. By describing me and my column as “purposely misleading … mean spirited … vindictive … dead wrong,” etc., he seemed to confirm it.

Since my program was cancelled, Levinson has been a “guest” on that same radio station more than many regular hosts. His message is this: Wise, honest and caring Republican Dennis Levinson is there to help every senior (even one who needs loan guarantees to buy bankrupt department stores), veteran, union member, friend of the environment, etc. who comes to him; but the high taxes and expensive regulations that go with this kind of politics are caused by others – like those big-spending, corrupt Democrats in Washington, Trenton, and Atlantic City!

Republican Congressman Frank LoBiondo plays the same game. And it works. Levinson has been county executive or freeholder for 20 years. LoBiondo has been in Congress for 15 years. When LoBiondo broke his 12-year term limit pledge in 2006, Levinson was the first to publicly praise him for it. Would politicians stay in power this long if more media outlets were like this newspaper and gave all views a chance to be heard?


Reader Mike Conte of Ventor wrote in too:

Mr. Grossman’s recent editorial, "Cui bono," Latin for "Who benefits?" suggests the county executive and Congressmen LoBiondo had a hand in getting his conservative talk-radio program pulled off the air for fear that it would continue to expose their liberal agendas.

Curiously, Levinson does not deny the accusation, but his response appears somewhat disingenuous.


Now, I like the pro-union vote that Conte criticizes and some of the ones Grossman criticizes, and I certainly don't want to listen to Grossman's show, but this is not good if true.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

LoBiondo Quotes

Today's Sunbeam describes a Salem County Chamber of Commerce visit to Frank LoBiondo. The quotes I found interesting:

On Afghanistan LoBiondo said the situation there is "very troubling" to him. He visited the U.S. troops in the war zone in April and again in August and found "a great deterioration" of the situation in the country.


That doesn't sound good but I don't know what he wants to do. Does he want an escalation? Doe he want to pull out? I hope LoBiondo says more on this critical matter.

On the climate change (cap and trade) bill he said:

On energy LoBiondo said he broke ranks with most Republicans and voted for the climate change bill known as the American Clean Energy and Security Act because it included a component which promotes nuclear energy.

He said in terms of jobs and investment, nuclear power has been important to New Jersey, especially Salem County, thus the reason for his vote.


That's a perfectly legitimate reason, but not at all what he said in June.

Now, you'll remember he opposed the bailout and the stimulus when you read this:

On the economic collapse he said, "we still don't know what caused the problem to begin with. They ought to make the regulators we have now do their jobs."

The congressman said the actions of the big banks have caused the problem where credit remains so tight and the fallout has been hurting the strong, smaller banks.

"We're in a situation where community banks have been bloodied because of what Wall Street did."


Local banks have been the main opposition to strong reform so this is actually a pretty strong statement of opposition. It's a dismaying to read that LoBiondo basically is going to say existing regulations are good enough and it's all just a mystery what happened. Hello, look around.

He also said he favors health care reform, just not the actual health care reform under consideration. Well, who can blame him for trying to replay 1993-1994? Just the 44,000+ people who will die this year due to lack of insurance while politicians drag their feet.

Monday, September 28, 2009

What does LaHood know that LoBiondo doesn't?

I haven't time to do justice to Frank Lobiondo's stand on health care, but needless to say, he's been very skeptical of the plans being put forth by Barack Obama and the Democrats. So, I was a little surprised to see this post by Matt Cooper of The Atlantic after he talked to Ray LaHood:

I asked LaHood about health care and he told me that every Cabinet member has been enlisted in selling the package and that he thinks that in the end as many as 10 House Republicans might support the final passage of a bill...Any Republican support would be a blessing, and as a former House Republican LaHood is in a position to help get it. He helped pull in eight crucial GOP l votes for the president's energy bill earlier this year, something that Obama called and thanked him for the next day. "Part of the reason I have this job is because I can help bring in Republican votes," LaHood says. He helped recruit former GOP congressman John McHugh to be Army Secretary. "When people call me on their road projects, I take their temperature on health care."


I don't see how you get 10 Republican House votes without Frank LoBiondo. I'd be quite happy if he somehow trades a vote for health care reform (which I support) for a Route 55 extension (which I also support.)

Still, I'll believe it when I see it, because LoBiondo has been quite clear in his opposition.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Frank LoBiondo bans contractor misconduct, is trying to cancel all Lockheed contracts!

Representative Frank LoBiondo wisely has saved a million dollars in his campaign fund and broken his 1994 term limits pledge so that he could grant us the benefits of his wisdom without fear of the consequences. Years of fighting in Congress, with his special role in overseeing the Coast Guard's Deepwater Project, has brought him the hard-earned experience to know what to do when faced with corruption and incompetence. The results...

LoBiondo has co-sponsored H.R. 3571, which reads:

To prohibit the Federal Government from awarding contracts, grants, or other agreements to, providing any other Federal funds to, or engaging in activities that promote certain indicted organizations.


Now, Frank LoBiondo's no dummy. He knows that crooked contractors won't give up their money easily. That's why he and his Republican friends chose the name "Defund ACORN Act," to throw everyone off the scent. You see, even if ACORN stole every cent it was granted in the last decade, it wouldn't even make the top thirty list of contractor misconduct. And, as Lobiondo and we all know after the AGI bonus outrage, a Bill of Attainder aimed at punishing specific people or companies is unconstitutional. So who will LoBiondo defund with his new rules?

Here's one: Lockheed-Martin, in the past a big supporter of LoBiondo, is responsible for $577 million in misconduct in 50 separate cases according to POGO's Federal Contractor Misconduct Database .

It's too bad Representative Alan Grayson figured out that so many crooks would be caught in LoBiondo's net. Feel free to add to his google spreadsheet of contractor abuse so that Grayson can file the list of crooked contractors in the legislative history.

I'm sure my interpretation of LoBiondo's intentions are accurate. After all, it's not possible that Frank LoBiondo only cares about fraud by a non-profit that helps poor people of color?

Cross Posted at Blue Jersey

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Frank LoBiondo endorses heckling of President

This is a pathetic move by Frank LoBiondo:

Today the United States House of Representatives was presented with a vote that said it disapproved of Joe Wilson for heckling the President when he spoke in front of Congress at the invitation of Congress.

The entire NJ Republican delegation voted against the mild rebuke. That's Rodney Frelinghuysen, Scott Garrett, Frank Lobiondo, Leonard Lance (the "moderate"), and Chris Smith who apparently think it is OK to heckle the President.


Update: A number of Republicans voted for the motion so it's not outrageous for me to be disappointed by LoBiondo's vote.

Friday, July 10, 2009

An article LoBiondo must read

Frank LoBiondo needs to read this article:

The United States' top fighter jet, the Lockheed Martin F-22, has recently required more than 30 hours of maintenance for every hour in the skies, pushing its hourly cost of flying to more than $44,000, a far higher figure than for the warplane it replaces, confidential Pentagon test results show.


"It is a disgrace that you can fly a plane [an average of] only 1.7 hours before it gets a critical failure" that jeopardizes success of the aircraft's mission, said a Defense Department critic of the plane who is not authorized to speak on the record.


Did he learn anything from Deepwater?

Friday, June 26, 2009

Frank LoBiondo votes for Energy Bill

The first major bill to fight man-made climate change was passed today by the House of Representatives by the narrow margin of 219-211. Frank LoBiondo was of eight Republicans who crossed over to support the bill and provide the margin of victory. While the bill has been badly watered down, this is a necessary first step. I can't praise LoBiondo enough for standing up to the right-wing anti-scientific voices that sadly dominate his party.

LoBiondo himself called it a vote for "energy independence" and warned about the mistakes following the energy crisis of the 1970s:

“For South Jersey residents who lived through the energy crisis of the 1970s, the nation witnessed the rationing of gas, stations sold-out of fuel, and our country’s absolute reliance on foreign nations to save us from our increasing consumption. Jobs were lost. The economy sank further into recession. And the nation did not take action.

“Then, in the 1990s, there was a bitter debate over increasing fuel efficiency standards in automobiles, yet minimal action was taken despite the technological capabilities to go further. I have long said that if Congress had passed higher standards in the 1990s – standards I supported - then our consumption and annual fuel costs now would be half. However, the oil corporations and automobile makers were against such standards and now lose billions of dollars to foreign competitors who were forward-thinking, developed fuel efficient technologies and sell hybrid vehicles that get 40 to 50 miles per gallon.

“The ‘American Clean Energy and Security Act’ is the opportunity to break the cycle of inaction and finally move our nation towards real energy independence.

“This is by no means a perfect bill but, for New Jersey businesses and families, many of the federal standards that will be created are mirroring state standards long on the books. For the past decade, New Jersey has been forward-looking in its energy policy and sought to establish diverse, renewable alternative sources of energy to meet the state’s needs. From the development of biofuels based on crop waste and planning for additional nuclear reactors, to building small and large-scale wind farms and countless solar panel projects, individuals and municipalities recognized opportunities and took action.

“In the process, new local businesses were founded and jobs were created in the emerging ‘green industry’ here in New Jersey. What must happen next is the growth of domestic manufacturing of the materials needed for alternative energy production, such as solar cells, wind turbines and environmentally-friendly buildings. This legislation rightly focuses on growing that manufacturing base, creating green jobs and finally establishing our energy independence. The positive effects will be felt nationally and here in South Jersey. These are objectives I have long believed and advocated for as part of a national energy policy.

“The economic crisis has affected every resident and every small business in South Jersey. Families and employers are making difficult decisions each day and they are looking to Congress for assistance and leadership. In working through this comprehensive bill, I heard from South Jersey business owners, manufacturers and energy producers, consumer and environmental groups and local residents about the real impact specific provisions of the bill would have. I also reviewed emails and phone opinions that came into my offices, which numbered in the hundreds.

“Today’s vote was by no means an easy vote. As the legislation continues to work through the Senate and be presented to Congress for final consideration, I will re-evaluate any changes that are made to ensure our state’s interests, as well as the interests of South Jersey businesses and families, are promoted and protected.”

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Press release on Coast Guard benefits

Frank LoBiondo sent out a press release today on new legislation for Coast Guard benefits:

House Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Ranking Member Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) today introduced bipartisan legislation to improve the quality of life for members of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and their families. Currently, members of the Armed Services and their families enjoy several housing, educational and related benefits not afforded to their counterparts in the USCG, which is under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. LoBiondo’s legislation H.R. 2901, the “Coast Guard Service Member Benefits Improvement Act,” seeks to remedy these discrepancies.


Click through if you want the details.

Health Care Reform

I never know if we should consider Frank LoBiondo to be responsible for everything "House Republicans" say, but in any case, Roll Call reports on the state of Republican health care reform:

House Republicans presented a four-page outline of their health care reform plan Wednesday but said they didn’t know yet how much it would cost, how they would pay for it and how many of the nearly 50 million Americans without insurance would be covered by it.


You may think the reporter is being harsh, but after all, wasn't that their plan on Iraq too?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Frank LoBiondo votes against funding troops

Well, that's the headline I should write after years of Republican propaganda that anyone who voted against a war supplemental funding bill is against the troops. So we can say Frank LoBiondo voted against funding the troops today. But of course, I don't believe it. I'll quote my Blue Jersey post:

So John Adler's office is sending out a triumphant press release that he "supports the troops" by voting for today's war supplemental. I guess we can say that the Republicans, by their previous standards, don't as they all voted against it. Blah blah blah. I just hope President Obama lives up to his commitment to withdraw troops from Iraq, as so far he's switched to plan that involves not actually withdrawing them in 2009. Where is the money for these wars? I'd rather just mail a check to bail out California and any other state, or just not borrow it.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Really? LoBiondo for Lt. Gov?

Lieutenant Governor is a new post, approved by New Jersey voters, that will replace the Governor if necessary - so it's basically a Vice President for New Jersey: A worthless job unless there's a vacancy, but at least we won't end up with the Senate President serving as Governor and Senator at the same time. Chris Christie and Jon Corzine will get to choose their Lt. Gov. running mates -- we get to vote on the pair as a package deal. I haven't been paying attention to speculation on the Republican side for Lt. Governor, so I was a little surprised to see that Frank LoBiondo is on the shortlist. The good news for him with this odd-year election is that if Christie wins (as polls suggest), he gets to be Lt. Gov, and if Christie gets beat, he stays in Congress. Everyone says life in the minority of the House of Representatives is nowhere near as "fun" as life in majority, so I guess it is plausible.

Still, I can't help but doubt that LoBiondo would give up a safe seat for the opportunity to serve in a minor role for 8 years, getting to be governor only by winning an election in 2017(!), or succeeding in case of a resignation due to scandal. (It would have to be a scandal -- even if President Obama seems to love appointing Republicans, he's not going to be choosing a hack like Christie for anything, and LoBiondo can hardly think it's likely that a Republican will win in 2012 and appoint Christie to be Attorney General.) A real cynic would say that LoBiondo would take the job because he thinks Christie will end up in a scandal, but I promised to be hopeful.

Obviously as a Democrat in the Second District, I'd like Corzine victory most of all, but Christie could pick people much worse than LoBiondo, and it would be nice to have a open seat race in 2010. So I say, Frank LoBiondo for Lt. Governor!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Gingrich's comments

I see over at The Hill that Democrats are calling on Republicans to respond to Newt Gingrich's claim that President Obama has 'already failed.'. Gingrich, of course, was raising money for the NRCC, so Republican Representatives are financially benefiting from the speech. According to the Hill, the following press release (or something like it -- I've changed the name) was sent to Frank LoBiondo:

"Does Representative Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) agree with Newt Gingrich's absurd comment that President Obama has already failed? After last night's fundraiser for Congressional Republicans, Representative LoBiondo needs to clarify whether or not he agrees with Gingrich, Palin, and other obstructionist Republicans who are banking on President Obama's failure instead of offering solutions that invest in America's success and get our economy back on track."


I'm not exactly expecting a reply. Republicans are voting against Obama's plans for economic recovery, so I imagine that's exactly what LoBiondo thinks.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

SMART

I hadn't seen this before, but it seems Frank LoBiondo is part of a group (SMART) to advocate for Science and Technology funding to the Mid-Atlantic states.

The SMART regional S&T initiative is a Congressional initiative to regionalize S&T advocacy across all technology topics and disciplines within the Mid-Atlantic region.

The SMART mission is the integration of regional Science & Technology activities for issues, events & projects among the SMART Congressional Caucus (8 Senators and 41 Representatives), the Federal Executive Branch DC HQs, our International Allies, the four State governments (Executive & Legislative branches of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania) and the regional technical community facilitated by SMART, a Not For Profit (NFP) company.


Here's the membership:

The Congressional Caucus support is lead by Congressman William Pascrell (D-NJ). Of special note, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was raised in Baltimore, MD. Other SMART Caucus Members of Italian ancestry are Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Frank LoBiondo (D-NJ), Robert Brady (D-PA) and Mike Doyle (D-PA).


(Yes, the article/press release is posted at a Greek-American site but talks about Italian-Americans. Both groups have a strong and proud presence in the Mid-Atantic.)

Their website is smartstates.com.

Kurkowski on LoBiondo's Record: Seniority

Dave Kurkowksi's 2008 challenge to Frank LoBiondo was unsuccessful, but some of his criticisms were very important, so I think they are worth preserving. This is one of Kurkowski's press releases, in which he points out Lobiondo's claims of seniority are exaggerated at best.

THE TRUTH ABOUT FRANK LOBIONDO: BOGUS CLAIMS OF CONGRESSIONAL “SENIORITY,” A SYSTEM HE AND HIS PARTY ABOLISHED YEARS AGO; A DEAD-LAST RANKING AMONG ALL NEW JERSEY MEMBERS OF CONGRESS… AND THREE LAWS PASSED IN 14 YEARS

Democratic challenger Dave Kurkowski reacted with surprise to the statements of his opponent, Frank LoBiondo, in last Sunday’s Gloucester County Times, where LoBiondo and his supporters claimed he would be more effective than Kurkowski due to his “seniority.”

“At best this is pure bluster, at worst it is outright manipulation,” Kurkowski said. “My opponent has been ranked as the least effective member of Congress from the entire state of New Jersey1 and he appears to be trying to manipulate voters into thinking he is more effective simply because he’s been in Washington so long,” Kurkowski said. “The truth is that the seniority system was eliminated by his own Newt Gingrich Republicans years ago.”

The seniority system rewarded members of Congress with power and influence according to how long they had remained in Washington. Under the reform rules adopted by Newt Gingrich and the 1994 Republicans, including LoBiondo, party leaders choose who will receive important positions based on their effectiveness, regardless of seniority. And “effective” is not a word that can be used to describe Frank LoBiondo. “My opponent’s ineffectiveness is staggering,” Kurkowski said. “He can’t run on his record, because he does not have one. In 14 years he has succeeded in authoring only three pieces of legislation that became law.2 Fourteen years and three laws—it boggles the mind. What is he doing down there in Washington?”

“LoBiondo is talking out of both sides of his mouth when it comes to his status in Congress.” Kurkowski said. “On the one hand he points to ‘seniority’ as a bogus claim to his ‘effectiveness’…and on the other hand he hides behind anonymity as a way to avoid accepting accountability for his ineffectiveness.” LoBiondo recently told constituents on a telephone conference call that his excuse for being ineffective was that he was “just one of 435” members of Congress. “He wants it both ways, and after 14 years, enough is enough,” Kurkowski said. “This is political double-talk at its worst.”

The Democratic challenger also pointed to the fact that LoBiondo justified breaking his term limit pledge by saying he would be more effective if he stayed in Washington longer. “This is embarrassing,” Kurkowski said. “The people of South Jersey deserve better. In these difficult times, with a sinking economy, an energy crisis, and an unsafe world, we can’t depend on somebody who’s so completely ineffective.” LoBiondo was not only ranked last among New Jersey members of Congress—behind many other Representatives who have shorter tenures and lesser “seniority”— he also ranked a dismal 377th in the House of Representatives.3

“He can’t do much about jobs from 377th place,” Kurkowski said. “He can’t do much about gas prices from 377th place. He can’t do much about the threat of terrorism from 377th place. And he can’t do much for South Jersey from his spot dead last among our entire state Congressional delegation.”

In fact, LoBiondo was demoted on the Coast Guard subcommittee, which he chaired for years under Republican majorities. Rather than serving as the ranking minority member after his party lost control of Congress in 2006, he was bumped down to fifth place. HE WAS NOT REWARDED FOR HIS YEARS HEADING THE COAST GUARD COMMITTEE. IF ANYTHING, HE WAS PUNISHED. “As I will be making clear in the days to come, Kurkowski said, “this is probably due to the fact that during his time as Chairman he oversaw the ‘Deepwater’ fiasco that cost taxpayers over $20 billion.”

Kurkowski has challenged LoBiondo to a series of public debates in order to question him on his record, as well as his disastrous lack of oversight on the Deepwater program —which provoked national attention and an intensely critical investigation by the Government Accountability Office.4 Kurkowski is planning the first of a series of news conferences to reveal the truth about Frank LoBiondo’s failed political tenure. Details of time and place will be forthcoming.

A successful businessman and member of the Cape May City Council, Kurkowski is leading the first serious challenge to LoBiondo.

Here are the footnotes:

1 http://www.congress.org/congressorg/power_rankings/state.tt?state=NJ&submit.x=6&submit.y=8&submit=GO (accessed September 8, 2008). The Congressional Power Rankings are non-partisan measures that take into account a Politician’s standing in Congress; committee and subcommittee rankings; success with advancing legislation and amendments; indirect influence in caucuses and by other means; and other factors. For full details, see http://www.congress.org/congressorg/power_rankings/backgrounder.tt (accessed September 8, 2008).

2 H.R. 170, 106th Congress, “The Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act.” Signed by the President Dec. 12, 1999; became Public Law No. 106-168. The third bill is H.R. 171, 106th Congress, “To extend the authorization for the Coastal Heritage Trail in the State of New Jersey.” Signed by the President on April 8, 1999; became Public Law 110-18. Tally does not include symbolic resolutions or naming post offices.

3 http://www.congress.org/congressorg/power_rankings/overall.tt (accessed September 8, 2008).

4 “Challenges Affecting Deepwater Asset Deployment and Management Efforts to Address Them,” June 2007. GAO-07-874.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

LoBiondo and Christie

Frank LoBiondo joined Chris Christie for a radio interview. Unfortunately, WVLT hasn't put up a video or audio clip.

LoBiondo on gambling and Atlantic City:

The congressman criticized a proposal to put video lottery terminals at the Meadowlands complex in North Jersey, indicating it would injure the casino industry. He also panned the idea of putting the proposal on a statewide referendum.


He also complained that South Jersey is "forgotten" which is certainly a complaint I have too, but in truth Steve Sweeney and Jeff Van Drew have been playing major roles in the State Senate.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Credit Card Vote

The big credit card vote yesterday saw Frank LoBiondo vote in favor of credit card reform, and also the "Coburn Amendment" which allows loaded guns in national parks.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Frank LoBiondo and the future of moderates in the Republican Party

Today's Sunbeam has a good article interviewing Frank LoBiondo and others on the future of centrists in the Republican Party. First, I agree with Leonard Lance that talk of the demise of the Republican party is "absolute nonsense." But let's go to the quotes from LoBiondo. Unfortunately, the links will die after a few weeks because the publisher does not think it is worthwhile to keep an archive accessible.

"The pendulum swings," LoBiondo said. "The Democrats went over the line, as far as voters were concerned, in the 90s. Republicans lost focus over the years when they were in the majority, and the pendulum swung back.

"From my perspective, with my colleagues, we get it. We understand the public is not happy with the initiatives the party took, and we are attempting to regroup. We are attempting to offer solutions to problems that are presented to us."


This is obviously the right strategy for both Republicans and the country. I must say I haven't seen much of it, but it's early days.

More interesting is his gentle criticisms of his conservative colleagues, who he says used to listen to him and other moderates but don't anymore:

Gradually, he said, things have changed, and today it seems like some Republicans want ideologically pure policies.

"That's not the way anything works," LoBiondo said. "If somebody wants to be ideologically pure 100 percent, and is comfortable with not being able to get anything done in a very weak minority, that's going to be the consequence."


Again, this is obviously true. Still, I wonder what he expected when he voted for Clinton's impeachment -- after polls showed people didn't want it and his fellow Republicans lost seats. Plainly he was just empowering the extremist factions in his party. Indeed, it's almost certain that moderates were included in important discussions in the early years after 1994 because Democrat Bill Clinton was President, not because LoBiondo's views were valued. I wonder if he realizes he murdered his faction's influence with decisions like these over the years.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

LoBiondo opposes military reform

Everyone knows by now that Democrat President Obama and Republican Secretary of Defense Gates seek to reform the military by increasing military spending but changing the weapons orders to match the military's actual needs: unconventional wars like Iraq and Afghanistan, not a World War III fought in Central Europe. Naturally, New Jersey Congressman Frank LoBiondo objects:

Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., said plans to stop building F-22 Raptors and cut back the planned F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet could jeopardize Air Force and Air Guard readiness.


It's an exercise for the reader to guess if this is because:

1. Lockheed is a major donor for LoBiondo
2. LoBiondo thinks the Cold War may turn hot at any moment.
3. LoBiondo doesn't care that the money is better spent on weapons that are actually used.
4. Something else?

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A revealing story: What will LoBiondo do on health care?

It's a story that doesn't mention Frank LoBiondo, but since he has embraced the Republican "Party of No" strategy, this Time magazine story on health care reform is very important to understanding him:

When Barack Obama informed congressional Republicans last month that he would support a controversial parliamentary move to protect health-care reform from a filibuster in the Senate, they were furious. That meant the bill could pass with a simple majority of 51 votes, eliminating the need for any GOP support for the bill. Where, they demanded, was the bipartisanship the President had promised? So, right there in the Cabinet Room, the President put a proposal on the table, according to two people who were present. Obama said he was willing to curb malpractice awards, a move long sought by the Republicans and certain to bring strong opposition from the trial lawyers who fund the Democratic Party.

What, he wanted to know, did the Republicans have to offer in return?

Nothing, it turned out. Republicans were unprepared to make any concessions, if they had any to make.


Whether it's due to their political philosophy or political opportunism, Republicans have no interest in making government work. We saw this with Bush, and we see it again in their no votes. LoBiondo has been happily riding that train.

Will any Republicans pursue compromises? Where is LoBiondo on health care?

Monday, April 13, 2009

Are these earmark lists legitimate?

Having faithfully posted all of the earmarks Frank LoBiondo is officially requesting, I now have to follow Daniel Walsh in noting that last year he only got 1/10 the amount he's requesting this year. It seems like publishing these requests is turning into more of an advertisement than a disclosure. Here's how I put it at Blue Jersey: Reforming earmarks, or boasting about them?:

I'm getting the impression that the latest earmark reform made them even more attractive. Last year, lawmakers had to disclose the earmarks they got placed in laws. This year, House members must disclose even their earmark requests on their websites. It's worked out fantastically for the South Jersey Representatives. The Courier-Post's headline is Earmarks may aid S.J.:

Transportation programs, beach replenishment projects, defense contractors, military bases, universities, hospitals and social service agencies would share hundreds of millions of federal dollars if New Jersey lawmakers succeed in inserting their requests for special projects into the 2010 budget.


The Press of Atlantic City has the more neutral LoBiondo, Adler post funding requests, and reporter Daniel Walsh points out that it's highly unlikely that these hundreds of millions will appear. LoBiondo's $192 million and Adler's $238 million sound impressive, yet last year LoBiondo got "only" $17 million.

While it's good that the earmark requests are not secret, I can't help but think this is all a free ad for the lawmakers: Look at the all people I stood up for! Vote for me! But in the rooms where no cameras are running, and no meeting minutes are posted to the web, I doubt very much that most of these earmarks are being seriously pushed.

LoBiondo Earmarks (Part 4 of 4)

The last of the astonishingly boring earmarks list as disclosed by Representative Frank LoBiondo. Note that the letter requesting the earmark is available at the website, which is a very nice touch.

Hooray for the Salem County Railroad.

Interior

* Cape May National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Land Acquisition Program – requested by the New Jersey Audubon Society (11 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ) for land to be acquired for the Cape May NWR (24 Kimbles Beach Road, Cape May Court House, NJ). Project Description: “Wildlife refuge land acquisition project at Cape May NWR. Funding for [this project] is critical to preserving New Jersey’s rich biodiversity, protecting our natural resources, increasing recreational opportunities for our citizens and supporting our state’s growing wildlife –related recreation industry.”…Funding Requested: $1,100,000

* City of Millville, Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade – Phase I – requested by City of Millville (12 South High Street, PO Box 609, Millville, NJ). Project Description: “The project will upgrade the City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant which is approximately 50 years old and one of its most vital infrastructure components. It will create jobs, prevent an increase to sewer rate payers, and represent the City’s commitment to the environment and its future.”…Funding Requested: $4,620,000

* Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Land Acquisition Program – requested by the New Jersey Audubon Society (11 Hardscrabble Road, Bernardsville, NJ) for land to be acquired for the Edwin B. Forsythe NWR (Great Creek Road, Oceanville, NJ). Project Description: “Wildlife refuge land acquisition project at Edwin B. Forsythe National NWR. Funding for [this project] is critical to preserving New Jersey’s rich biodiversity, protecting our natural resources, increasing recreational opportunities for our citizens and supporting our state’s growing wildlife –related recreation industry.”…Funding Requested: $1,050,000

* Supawna National Wildlife Refuge Land Acquisition Program – requested by The Conservation Fund (1655 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA) for land to be acquired for the Supawna NWR (197 Lighthouse Road, Pennsville, NJ). Project Description: “[Funding] to enable the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to help acquire an approximately 80 acre tract of land located within the boundary of the Supawna NWR in Salem County. ”…Funding Requested: $1,000,000

* Woodbine, New Jersey, Sewer and Water Treatment System Expansion – requested by the Borough of Woodbine (501 Washington Avenue, Woodbine, NJ). Project Description: “Sewer and water treatment expansion that will help facilitate the siting of the [ethanol] facility which will produce ethanol from algae and provide the basis of an alternative energy industry in Southern New Jersey that will yield economic benefits to the Borough [of Woodbine] and beyond.”…Funding Requested: $2,000,000


Labor and Health and Human Services


* A Socio-Ecological Community Action Model to Reduce Obesity and Increase Physical Activity in Galloway and Egg Harbor Townships – requested by The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (P.O. Box 195 Jimmie Leads Road, Pomona, NJ). Project Description: “[The project] encourages partnerships among local and county governments, schools, businesses, neighborhoods, and community organizations to create healthier environments that encourage better nutrition and physical activity. Specific goals include increasing workplace activity and decreasing disparities in obesity in minority and low income populations.”…Funding Requested: $180,000

* AtlantiCare Special Care Center - Building Capacity for Improved Chronic Disease Outcomes in Atlantic County, NJ – requested by AtlantiCare (2500 English Creek Avenue, Building 500, Suite 501, Egg Harbor Township, NJ). Project Description: “The AtlantiCare Special Care Center project will build capacity for improved chronic disease outcomes in Atlantic County. [This] will provide very real improvements in health care for the people of the 2nd District and is consistent with national priorities in health care.”…Funding Requested: $2,000,000

* Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation, Sleep Disorders Center – requested by Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation (61 West Jimmie Leeds Road, Pomona, NJ). Project Description: “Relocation, expansion and upgrade of [Bacharach’s] Sleep Disorders Center. The Sleep Center offers a wide variety of tests to identify serious sleep disorders in both adults and children. Sleep problems are disruptive to physical and mental health and can cause significant problems during waking hours.”…Funding Requested: $250,000

* Children’s Intensive Emotional and Behavioral Program (CIEBP), Behavioral Training Series Initiative – requested by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (34th and Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA) for activities to be conducted in coordination with their Atlantic County Specialty Care Center (4009 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, NJ). Project Description: “The CIEBP program serves children ages 5-12 with severe emotional and behavioral disorders in the Atlantic, Cape May and Southern Ocean Counties. In an effort to partner with local school districts, [this program]seeks to create a Behavioral Training Series Initiative which would provide a broad range of teaching services to school officials so that they may be better prepared to address the depth and breadth of the behavior problems.” …Funding Requested: $100,000

* Newcomb Hospital Adaptive Reuse Project – Vineland Community Health and Wellness Center – requested by the City of Vineland (640 E. Wood Street, P.O. Box 1508, Vineland, NJ). Project Description: “The development of a community health and wellness center on the campus of what will become a regional health care and [health] training facility. [Will allow] the City of Vineland to be consolidate many of its health care services under one roof providing for improved operating efficiencies and benefiting from the synergistic relationships with our proposed health care partners.”...Funding Requested: $2,000,000

* NORC Senior Neighbor Network - requested by the Jewish Federation of Atlantic and Cape May Counties (501 North Jerome Avenue, Margate, NJ). Project Description: “The NORC Senior Neighborhood Network program [will allow] more than 300 residents in [the] local area, 55 and older, to age in place in better health, with less isolation and increased dignity.” …Funding Requested: $175,000

* Rowan University Algae-To-Ethanol Research and Evaluation - requested by Rowan University (201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ). Project Description: “A new initiative involving research, development, evaluation and commercialization of algae-to-ethanol production in southern New Jersey. The algae-to-ethanol project is consistent with our national and regional priorities in education and economic development, including fostering a high-technology economy and enhancing our energy independence.”…Funding Requested: $1,500,000

* Shore Memorial Hospital Surgical Pavilion – requested by Shore Memorial Hospital (1 East New York Avenue, Somers Point, NJ). Project Description: “Construction of a new surgical pavilion that will provide our residents with the most advanced technology and surgical experience possible. The Hospital is acquiring advanced digital cardiovascular, angiographic, and interventional imaging systems as part of the surgical pavilion projects which will enhance physicians’ abilities to treat their patients using minimally invasive techniques in lieu of major surgery.”…Funding Requested: $500,000

* Transitional Services for Students and Young Adults with Disabilities – requested by TOTALL ENVOLVEMENT INC. (71 Rainbow Trail, Malaga, NJ). Program Description: “[The project will] provide services to transitioning teens – from high school to post-secondary options – to ensure that students understand and consider all transitional options available through Federal and State mandates and then ensuring appropriate vocational and educational skills are acquired prior to the actual transition from the secondary environment.”…Funding Requested: $250,000

* Trauma Care for Vulnerable Families – requested by Center for Family Services (584 Benson Street, Camden, NJ). Program Description: “The Center for Family Services will work with established trauma care models to train staff and expand and enhance counseling and services in order to become better equipped to reduce a wide range of health, behavioral health and social problems in children and families.”… Funding Requested: $466,690


Military Construction:

* Dining Hall and Services Facility - requested by the 177th ANG Fighter Wing (400 Langley Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ). Project Description: "The 177th FW is assigned 18 PAA F-16 aircraft and requires a properly sized and adequately configured facility to provide services and generate training and operational Air Sovereignty Alert sorties."...Funding Requested: $8,400,000

* Munitions Administration Facility - requested by the 177th ANG Fighter Wing (400 Langley Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ). Project Description: "The 177th FW requires a propertly sited, adequately sized, and configured functional space to support conventional munitions administration, training and maintenance in support of 18 PAA F-16 aircraft."...Funding Requested: $1,700,000

* Replace Base Civil Engineer Complex - requested by the 108th Air Refueling Wing (McGuire AFB, NJ). Project Description: "The 108th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) requires properly sized and adequately configured facilities to house the base engineer administrative, maintenance, and training functions, and readiness (disaster preparedness). Facilities support daily activities associated with maintaining/ repairing base infrastructure and facilities for the ARW, and mobility requirements for the 108th Civil Engineering Squadron (CES) and readiness requirements."...Funding Requested: $9,700,000


Transportation and HUD:

* Aviation Research and Technology Park – requested by the South Jersey Economic Development District (226 North High Street Suite A, Millville, NJ). Project Description: "funding would be used to assist in the construction of facilities at the Aviation Research and Technology Park, an industrial park in Pomona, NJ which will facilitate economic development and new jobs in the region."...Funding Request: $1,000,000

* Hammonton Downtown Revitalization – requested by the Town of Hammonton (100 Central Avenue, Hammonton, NJ). Project Description: “This project will acquire, renovate, and adaptively reuse several blighted former industrial sites that exist within the Downtown Urban Core of Hammonton. It will become a destination for green technology corporations looking for sites with access to public transportation to headquarter their companies.”...Funding Request: $650,000

* Route 50 Tuckahoe River Bridge – requested by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (PO Box 600, Trenton, NJ). Project Description: “The funding will be used to replace the existing movable bridge with a higher and wider fixed span. This project will be beneficial to the state and is important for the South New Jersey region.”...Funding Request: $1,000,000

* Route 55/47 Interchange Improvements – requested by the County of Cumberland (790 East Commercial Street, Bridgeton, NJ). Project Description: “[The project would include] additional egress off Route 55 and the construction of local roads running adjacent to Route 47. These roadway improvements will have a positive impact for all county residents”...Funding Request $1,000,000

* Salem County Short Rail Line Rehabilitation – requested by the County of Salem (94 Market Street, Salem, NJ). Project Description: “[The funding] will be spent on the Phase IV rehabilitation of the 18 mile short rail line run by Salem County Transit. This project benefits numerous businesses and their workers along the line … If we are unable to complete this rehabilitation, businesses may eliminate jobs to counter the additional costs for trucking materials to their facilities.”...Funding Request: $2,000,000

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Frank LoBiondo Earmarks (Part 3 - Defense and Homeland Security Appropriations)

Part 3 of Frank LoBiondo's Earmarks Request Disclosure. I'm copying them all because who knows how long they will stay up, and this way it's easier to find them if the public is interested. All five of the Defense Appropriations requests were also requested in the Defense Authorization bill, so if you're reading the posts in order there's only one new one here.

Requests for the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill:

* Emergency Operations Center – requested by the City of Brigantine (1417 West Brigantine Avenue, Brigantine, NJ). Project Description: “To create a fully functioning and stand alone Emergency Operations Center with adequate backup power generation and the ability to communicate with governmental agencies, as well as other neighboring Emergency Operations Centers if a catastrophic event or incident were to occur.”…Funding Requested: $2,000,000


Requests for the Defense Appropriations Bill:

* Applied Communications and Information Networking (ACIN) - requested by Drexel University (3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA) with work to be performed at L-3 Communication, Communications Systems - East (1 Federal Street, Camden, NJ). Project Description: “ACIN addresses the challenges posed in the National Research Council’s report entitled 'Realizing the Potential of C4I: Fundamental Challenges' by matching DOD needs with academic and industrial capabilities in communications and information networking. The core objective of ACIN is R&D and commercialization of technologies that will revolutionize military capabilities, including doctrine and methods of operation.”...Funding Requested: $7,000,000

* Distributed Mission Interoperability Toolkit (DMIT) - requested by Accenture (Suite 400, 200 Federal Street, Camden, NJ). Project Description: “Successful execution of today’s complex military missions relies heavily on the ability to share real-time information in a joint operational environmental. This services-based architecture is critical to supporting joint and coalition missions/exercises that require rapid event staging, complex security levels, and involvement of diverse participants.”...Funding Requested: $7,000,000

* Force Protection – Non Traditional Weaving Application for Aramid (Ballistic) Fibers and Fabrics - requested by Absecon Mills, Inc. (Vienna and Aloe Avenues, PO Box 672, Cologne, NJ). Project Description: "By re-evaluating standard Industry design and manufacturing techniques for force protection technology, we believe Non Traditional weave designs of Aramid (ballistic) fiber coupled with new applications of microwave plasma treatments can enhance the strength of the fiber and result in enhanced individual mobility, ease of medical access, reduced weight, increased ballistic protection, cost effective savings and weight reduction of ballistic materials currently used."...Funding Requested: $3,586,000

* Senior Scout COMINT (Communications Intelligence) Capability Upgrade - requested by L-3 Communication, Communications Systems - East (1 Federal Street, Camden, NJ). Project Description: “As part of the Senior Scout ongoing mission, there is an immediate need to add improved COMINT capability to detect and characterize new, modern, low-power radio signals at extended standoff ranges in the presence of interference. The current systems are not able to detect these specific signal sets, which limits intelligence collection capabilities.”...Funding Requested: $4,000,000

* Software Lifecycle Affordability Management (SLAM) - requested by Price Systems, LLC (17000 Commerce Parkway, Suite A, Mt. Laurel, NJ). Project Description: “The Software Lifecycle Affordability Management (SLAM) project provides decision makers a means to understand cost tradeoffs in relation to both performance and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Development of the SLAM Service Oriented Architecture Cost Model (SOA-CM) enables the Army to determine which software lifecycle design/strategies realizes the greatest number of capabilities for the lowest possible cost, following the best possible schedule.”...Funding Requested: $5,000,000

Frank LoBiondo FY2010 Earmarks (Part 2)

Continuing from the previous earmarks post, I am posting Frank LoBiondo's requested earmarks for the upcoming year. This is part 2. LoBiondo, as you'd expect, has a lot aimed at the Jersey Shore. I hope the South Jersey Wind Turbines go through.

Commerce-State-Justice Appropriations:

* A Child is Missing – requested by A Child is Missing (500 SE 17th St, #101, Ft. Lauderdale, FL) with funds expected to be used in the Second Congressional District of New Jersey. Project Description: “A Child Is Missing assists law enforcement agencies across the country, including all law enforcement agencies in New Jersey and New Jersey’s Second Congressional District, in the first few hours a child, elderly adult (often with Alzheimer’s Disease) or disabled person is reported missing. The program is available (free of charge) to all New Jersey law enforcement agencies.”...Funding Requested: $350,000

* Challenger Learning Center of Southern New Jersey – requested by Educational Information and Resource Center (EIRC) (606 Delsea Drive, Sewell, NJ 08080). Project Description: “To establish a Challenger Learning Center at the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University. The Challenger Learning Center [seeks] to motivate students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”…Funding Requested: $1,300,000

* GED Plus Programs in Atlantic City – requested by Covenant House New Jersey (929 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey). Project Description: “Job training/educational initiative [to be] launched out of Covenant House’s Community Service Center in Atlantic City, NJ. [The project] will serve homeless youth between the ages of 18-21 and will assist them in learning the skills necessary to find and retain employment with the ultimate goal of preparing young people for independent living.”…Funding Requested: $300,000

* KidsPeace Therapeutic Foster Care – requested by KidsPeace (National Headquarters, 5300 KidsPeace Drive, Orefield, PA) with project to be located in Cumberland County, New Jersey. Project Description: “A spectrum of services that includes psychiatric inpatient hospitalization, residential and educational services, therapeutic foster care, and community-based programs. The therapeutic foster care provided by KidsPeace is distinguished from other programs in the foster care field: (1) Children have psychiatric diagnoses and display exceptional emotional and behavioral needs, requiring more intensive and individualized care; (2) KidsPeace foster families are specially trained, certified, and supported to care for children with severe emotional and behavioral challenges and generally care for no more than two foster children in a home at a time; and (3) KidsPeace staff carry a case load of eight or fewer foster children, allowing a minimum of weekly visits to the foster home and 24-hour, seven-day-a-week support to foster families.”...Funding Requested: $400,000

* Middle School Drug and Safety Prevention Project – requested by D.A.R.E New Jersey, Inc. (292 Prospect Plains Rd, Cranbury, NJ) for statewide programs. Project Description: “To implement the new D.A.R.E. Middle School/Junior High School Program, “Keepin It Real”. This is a model substance abuse prevention education program on the SAMSHA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)."...Funding Requested: $354,742

* Nancy’s Place in Galloway, NJ – requested by Covenant House New Jersey (929 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, New Jersey). Project Description: “Operational funding for Nancy’s Place, a program that meets the needs of homeless youth with severe and persistent mental illness. [The project] will serve homeless youth between the ages of 18-21 and will assist them in learning the skills necessary to find and retain employment with the ultimate goal of preparing young people for independent living.”…Funding Requested: $300,000

* New Jersey Mentoring Initiative – requested by Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation of New Jersey (1259 Route 46 East, Building 3, Parsippany, NJ). Project Description: “Funds will be distributed to ten local Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies serving 19 counties to strengthen and expand one-to-one mentoring programs for At-Risk Youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters will also coordinate a statewide effort to recruit volunteer mentors and will host statewide best practices conference for other mentoring programs.”…Funding Requested: $895,000

* Partnership for Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Science – Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Initiative – requested by Recreational Fishing Alliance (176-B South New York Road, Galloway, NJ). Project Description: “[The project] will provide data on summer flounder and black sea bass to the NMFS, regional councils, and state regulatory bodies and participate in the assessment process carried out by these groups. Furthermore, data developed by PMAFS programs will be fully incorporated into data resources used to estimate maximum sustainable yield, and from this, yearly fishing quotas.”…Funding Requested: $1,500,000


Energy and Water earmarks:



* Absecon Inlet, NJ - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “funds would be used to continue channel depth monitoring”...Funding Request: $222,000

* Absecon Island, NJ – requested by the City of Atlantic City, NJ on behalf US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: "Funds would be used for periodic renourishment in Atlantic City and construction of the bulkhead along Absecon Inlet. “This funding is necessary on an emergent basis to protect our properties, retain our role as a tourist destination and to maintain the historically significant amenity.”...Funding Request: $17,600,000

* Brigantine Island, NJ - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “Funds would be used to perform necessary project monitoring.”...Funding Request $80,000

* Cape May Inlet to Lower Township, NJ - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “Funds would be used for periodic renourishment in Cape May City.”...Funding Request: $5,200,000

* Cold Spring Inlet, NJ - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “Funding would be used to repair the seawall and east and west jetty to ensure integrity of the inlet.”...Funding Request: $1,370,000

* Delaware Bay Coastline, DE & NJ Oakwood Beach, NJ – Elsinboro Township on behalf of the US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “Funds would be used to complete a Limited Reevaluation Report and to draft the Project Partnership Agreement for the project in Elsinboro”...Funding Request: $250,000

* Delaware Bay Coastline, DE & NJ Reeds Beach to Pierces Point, NJ - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “Funds would be used to complete initial construction in Middle Township”...Funding Request: $5,000,000

* Delaware Bay Coastline, DE & NJ Villas and Vicinity, NJ - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “Funds would be used to complete initial construction in Lower Township.”...Funding Request: $7,800,000

* Great Egg Harbor Inlet to Peck Beach, NJ – City of Ocean City on behalf of the US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “Funds would be used for periodic renourishment in Ocean City. The area has severe beach erosion and the threat of property damage is imminent.”...Funding Request: $6,800,000

* Great Egg Harbor Inlet to Townsends Inlet, NJ – City of Ocean City on behalf of the US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “Funds would be used to continue initial construction in Lower Ocean City, Strathmere, and Sea Isle City. This project would have many benefits to the local economy, and valuable property is being protected”...Funding Request: $20,000,000

* Lower Cape May Meadows, Cape May Point, NJ - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “Funds would be used for periodic renourishment in Cape May Point, NJ”...Funding Request: $5,400,000

* New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway – Delaware River and Bay Authority on behalf of the US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “This project provides for a channel 12 feet deep and 100 feet wide from Manasquan to Cape May and through the Cape May Canal. It is essential to secure necessary funding to complete this maintenance dredging. The Situation is serious and poses impact to a vital transportation and economic link between New Jersey and Delaware.”...Funding Request: $3,200,000

* New Jersey Shore Protection, Hereford Inlet to Cape May Inlet, NJ - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “funds would be used to complete the feasibility phase for the shore protection project affecting the Wildwoods”...Funding Request: $300,000

* New Jersey Alternative Long Term Nourishment Study - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “funds would be used to complete the feasibility phase to develop a regional sediment management system”...Funding Request: $475,000

* Oyster Revitalization in the Delaware Bay, DE & NJ – Rutgers University Haskin Shellfish Research Lab on behalf of the US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “[Funds would be used] to enhance oyster recruitment, thereby increasing oyster abundance, sustaining habitat integrity, and providing an expanded resource to support the fishery.”...Funding Request: $2,000,000

* Pennsville Flood Control, NJ - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “funds would be used to begin construction of a project to reduce flooding in the vicinity of an dredged disposal site in Pennsville, NJ"...Funding Request: $4,951,000

* Pine Mount Creek Habitat Restoration, NJ - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “funds would be used to restore a dike and create a wildlife management area along the Cohansey River at the Mouth of Pine Mount Creek.”...Funding Request: $4,000,000

* Salem River, NJ - US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: “funds would be used to continue channel depth monitoring."...Funding Request: $100,000

* South Jersey Wind Turbines - requested by the South Jersey Economic Development District (226 North High Street, Millville, NJ). Project Description: “[Funding would be used] to construct wind turbines in Sea Isle City and Penns Grove, NJ on public lands that cannot be utilized otherwise because they currently serve as municipal waste sites."...Funding Request: 2,000,000

* Townsends Inlet to Cape May Inlet – requested by the Borough of Avalon, NJ on behalf of the US Army Corps of Engineers Philadelphia District (100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA). Project Description: "Funds would be used for periodic renourishment in Avalon and Stone Harbor. “This funding is critical to the communities of Avalon and Stone Harbor. The area has been repeatedly subject to major flooding, erosion and wave attack and has been declared a National Disaster Area by the president on three separate occasions.”...Funding Request: $17,000,000

Friday, April 10, 2009

Frank LoBiondo's Earmarks Requests (Part 1 - Defense and Agriculture)

Dan Walsh of the Press of Atlantic City has written an article on the earmark requests by Frank LoBiondo and John Adler. Here's the key statistics:

LoBiondo, R-2nd, requested $193,025,432 in federal funding for a variety of projects, ranging from waterfront protection and beach restoration to defense funding on military bases and for private contractors. Last year, he ranked 183rd in the House by obtaining $14 million, according to a database kept by the nonprofit Taxpayers for Common Sense.


Now, these are just the requests, so plainly most will be turned down. This is the first year members are required to post their requests on their websites, so we cannot compare. The article states that LoBiondo's staff vetted and approved the requests. Also, some of these were shared with other Representatives. There does not seem to be any requirement for the format, and LoBiondo has posted his under his Legislative page under multiple separate pages -- fairly inconvenient. It's too long to make one blog post, so here are Defense and Agriculture:

Defense earmarks:

* Applied Communications and Information Networking (ACIN) - requested by Drexel University (3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA) with work to be performed at L-3 Communication, Communications Systems - East (1 Federal Street, Camden, NJ). Project Description: “ACIN addresses the challenges posed in the National Research Council’s report entitled 'Realizing the Potential of C4I: Fundamental Challenges' by matching DOD needs with academic and industrial capabilities in communications and information networking. The core objective of ACIN is R&D and commercialization of technologies that will revolutionize military capabilities, including doctrine and methods of operation.”...Funding Requested: $7,000,000

* Construct Arm and Disarm Aprons - requested by the 177th ANG Fighter Wing (400 Langley Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ). Project Description: "The 177th Fighter Wing (FW) requires properly sized and configured pavement surfaces at each end of the runway that support the arming and disarming of aircraft. These aprons will also be used for final check and inspection of aircraft before takeoff and to make the weapons safe after returning to base. This work will eliminate a long-standing deficiency to mission requirements."...Funding Requested: $5,000,000

* Dining Hall and Services Facility - requested by the 177th ANG Fighter Wing (400 Langley Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ). Project Description: "The 177th FW is assigned 18 PAA F-16 aircraft and requires a properly sized and adequately configured facility to provide services and generate training and operational Air Sovereignty Alert sorties."...Funding Requested: $8,400,000

* Distributed Mission Interoperability Toolkit (DMIT) - requested by Accenture (Suite 400, 200 Federal Street, Camden, NJ). Project Description: “Successful execution of today’s complex military missions relies heavily on the ability to share real-time information in a joint operational environmental. This services-based architecture is critical to supporting joint and coalition missions/exercises that require rapid event staging, complex security levels, and involvement of diverse participants.”...Funding Requested: $7,000,000

* Force Protection – Non Traditional Weaving Application for Aramid (Ballistic) Fibers and Fabrics - requested by Absecon Mills, Inc. (Vienna and Aloe Avenues, PO Box 672, Cologne, NJ). Project Description: "By re-evaluating standard Industry design and manufacturing techniques for force protection technology, we believe Non Traditional weave designs of Aramid (ballistic) fiber coupled with new applications of microwave plasma treatments can enhance the strength of the fiber and result in enhanced individual mobility, ease of medical access, reduced weight, increased ballistic protection, cost effective savings and weight reduction of ballistic materials currently used."...Funding Requested: $3,586,000

* Munitions Administration Facility - requested by the 177th ANG Fighter Wing (400 Langley Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ). Project Description: "The 177th FW requires a propertly sited, adequately sized, and configured functional space to support conventional munitions administration, training and maintenance in support of 18 PAA F-16 aircraft."...Funding Requested: $1,700,000

* Replace Base Civil Engineer Complex - requested by the 108th Air Refueling Wing (McGuire AFB, NJ). Project Description: "The 108th Air Refueling Wing (ARW) requires properly sized and adequately configured facilities to house the base engineer administrative, maintenance, and training functions, and readiness (disaster preparedness). Facilities support daily activities associated with maintaining/ repairing base infrastructure and facilities for the ARW, and mobility requirements for the 108th Civil Engineering Squadron (CES) and readiness requirements."...Funding Requested: $9,700,000

* Senior Scout COMINT (Communications Intelligence) Capability Upgrade - requested by L-3 Communication, Communications Systems - East (1 Federal Street, Camden, NJ). Project Description: “As part of the Senior Scout ongoing mission, there is an immediate need to add improved COMINT capability to detect and characterize new, modern, low-power radio signals at extended standoff ranges in the presence of interference. The current systems are not able to detect these specific signal sets, which limits intelligence collection capabilities.”...Funding Requested: $4,000,000

* Software Lifecycle Affordability Management (SLAM) - requested by Price Systems, LLC (17000 Commerce Parkway, Suite A, Mt. Laurel, NJ). Project Description: “The Software Lifecycle Affordability Management (SLAM) project provides decision makers a means to understand cost tradeoffs in relation to both performance and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Development of the SLAM Service Oriented Architecture Cost Model (SOA-CM) enables the Army to determine which software lifecycle design/strategies realizes the greatest number of capabilities for the lowest possible cost, following the best possible schedule.”...Funding Requested: $5,000,000


Agriculture earmarks:



* Gypsy Moth Pest Management – requested by New Jersey Department of Agriculture (369 S. Warren Street, P.O. Box 330, Trenton, NJ). Project Description:“The gypsy moth is the most destructive forest insect pest to infest New Jersey's forests. Repeated defoliation by the gypsy moth represents a serious threat to New Jersey woodland and shade tree resources. This project will have significant benefits for southern New Jersey by offering cost share funds to local municipalities. The Department's Gypsy Moth Suppression Program is a voluntary cooperative program involving New Jersey municipalities, county agencies, state agencies, and the USDA Forest Service. In order to protect New Jersey's valuable forest resources, the Department conducts aerial defoliation and ground egg mass surveys, monitors the application and evaluates the efficacy of the spray material.”...Funding Requested: $2,000,000

* The New Jersey Cranberry/Blueberry Disease & Breeding Project – requested by Rutgers University Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension (125A Oswego Road, Chatsworth, New Jersey). Project Description:“Research on breeding and pest management will provide continued support for the 50 million dollar a year industry. Past research has found bacterial anti-adherence mechanisms helping to fight urinary tract infection and dental caries, and other antioxidant properties. A major effort within the breeding program aims to enhance these health beneficial properties.”...Funding Requested: $650,000.