12 Mar Solomeno Slams O’Scanlon for Criticizing Aid for His Own District
HAZLET — U.S. Army Veteran Vincent Solomeno called out Republican State Senator Declan O’Scanlon, Jr. today for saying that the $21.8 million in federal aid awarded to towns he represents is “wildly irresponsible.”
Solomeno, O’Scanlon’s likely opponent in the November election, said, “Twelve months into the worse pandemic and economic crisis this country has ever experienced, what’s ‘wildly irresponsible’ is a State Senator who fails to see the value in helping local governments stabilize property taxes and invest in infrastructure.”
“Let’s stop with the name calling and focus on how we can ease the burden on everyday people,” countered Solomeno.
In addition to the $21.8 million sent to the sixteen towns in the Thirteenth Legislative District, the American Rescue Plan Act also sends roughly $120 million to Monmouth County government. The funds can be used for capital improvements to beaches, bulkheads, municipal buildings, parks and playgrounds, and roads.
In an interview with the Middletown Patch, O’Scanlon said, “But this is like a wildly irresponsible Christmas gift. Democrats in Washington dancing around like they’re giving us a gift is really outrageous, because in reality they are taking from our children’s and grandchildren’s bank accounts and making us think they are doing us a favor.”
“Let’s stop with the name calling and focus on how we can ease the burden on everyday people,” countered Solomeno. “The funds our towns receive can be used for investments in infrastructure right here in our communities. Instead of increasing property taxes, towns can opt to upgrade police stations, fire houses, and improve emergency operations capabilities across the district.”
“I’ve said it from the beginning, this race is about who represents us in Trenton and whether our Senator works for his constituents. As State Senator, I will advocate for state and federal aid to keep the burden off the backs of homeowners and small businesses. I welcome help for our towns,” said Solomeno.
New Jersey’s Thirteenth Legislative District includes Aberdeen, Atlantic Highlands, Fair Haven, Hazlet, Highlands, Holmdel, Keansburg, Keyport, Little Silver, Marlboro, Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, Sea Bright, Rumson, and Union Beach.