- Senator Lautenberg a Big Fan of Vanity Projects -
August 28, 2008
Lawrenceville, NJ - U.S. Senate candidate Dick Zimmer's "Waste of the Week" campaign this week targets a few of the most egregious Monuments to Me that have wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to build, including the James E. Clyburn Golf Center, the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service, Don Young's Way and the Robert C. Byrd addition at Oglebay Park Resort.
"Wasteful pork-barrel projects are even more deplorable when they are built to honor the politicians who fund them," Zimmer said.
Some of the most outrageous earmarks Senator Lautenberg has supported are extravagant Monuments to Me, including the following:
- Ø The James E. Clyburn Golf Center - received $3 million in earmarks.
- Ø The Charles B. Rangel Center-which includes a Rangel Conference Center, an office designated for Congressman Rangel and a library to house his papers and memorabilia-received $2.7 million in earmarks.
- Ø Don Young's Way - received an initial $231 million earmark is for a bridge that to be renamed Don Young's Way. This earmark was a part of the SAFETEA-LU authorization bill which was named for Congressman Don Young's wife Lula and contained over $200 billion in new spending.
Although he was not in the U.S. Senate in time to vote for Senator Byrd's earmark for the Oglebay Park Resort, undoubtedly Senator Lautenberg would have been willing to support it.
- Ø Robert C. Byrd addition at Oglebay Park Resort - named for Senator Robert Byrd in recognition of his efforts in obtaining federal funding for renovations of this resort which offers luxury suites and cottages, as well as a golf course, fine dining, tennis courts and more. Over 40 other projects bear Byrd's name.
"Senator Lautenberg has failed to help New Jerseyans who are struggling with soaring gas, energy and food prices, rising taxes and the ever-increasing unaffordability of living in our state. What he has done is take money out of the pockets of New Jersey taxpayers to build vanity projects for politicians in other states," Zimmer said. "New Jerseyans want a change from the pork-barrel politics of the past. We deserve a Senator who will put New Jersey taxpayers ahead of politicians patting themselves on the back with Monuments to Me."
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, the $389 million Bridge to Nowhere in Alaska and a $225,000 pamphlet on beaver damage.