-- Senator Lautenberg Shortchanges New Jersey but Supports Funding for Pamphlets on Beaver Damage in Wisconsin --

Lawrenceville, NJ - U.S. Senate candidate Dick Zimmer's "Waste of the Week" campaign targets the inexplicable $225,000 earmark to publish a pamphlet on coping with damage caused by wild beavers in Wisconsin. 

The Beaver Damage Mitigation Program was part of the FY 2006 Agriculture Appropriations bill. Senator Frank Lautenberg voted for this earmark twice: once as part of the bill and again as part of the conference report.  (Senate Vote 241, September 22, 2005 and Senate Vote 282, November 3, 2005)

The pamphlet funded by the $225,000 earmark offers guidelines to help people deal with beaver damage.  Its advice includes beaver watching, which it calls a "great family activity."  It also says that "enjoying and understanding the creatures that share their habitat with you may be a good way of dealing with beaver damage."  To view the Beaver Damage Control pamphlet click here.

U.S. Senator Candidate Dick Zimmer issued the following statement:

"Apparently, Senator Lautenberg believes the threat of dealing with beaver damage in Wisconsin is greater than the soaring gas prices and the rising property taxes New Jersey families are facing.  His policies of high taxes, big government and pork-barrel spending are hurting New Jersey taxpayers.  It is time to change the wasteful ways of doing business in Washington.  We need to elect new leaders who take the issues we face in New Jersey seriously."

Zimmer's "Waste of the Week" campaign is designed to highlight Senator Frank Lautenberg's record of supporting wasteful spending and pork-barrel politics at the expense of New Jersey taxpayers.  Previous Wastes of the Week were the $300 billion Farm Bill and the $389 million Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska.