Senator Menendez and Congressman Payne present NJ Transit Director James Wienstein with a $52,400,000 check in ARRA funding for New Jersey's public transportation system at Newark Penn Station. This funding represents a sizable chunk of the $420 million going to NJ transit as part of the Recovery Act and it is estimated it will help generate 4,000 jobs.
Senator Menendez, Representative Bill Pascrell Jr., and Paterson Mayor Jose Torres visit Greenbaum Interiors in Paterson to discuss the need to re-ignite small business lending to spur job creation. Menendez spoke in support of President Obama's plan to increase small business lending through federal loans to community banks and address decline in lending from Wall Street. Senator Menendez also highlighted the need to supplement the President's plan with his legislation, the CREATE Jobs and Growth Act, which would make available $20 billion in TARP funds for small businesses loans. Susan Greenbaum, President of Greenbaum Interiors and her father and founder Jim, were joined by Greenbaum artisans.
Senator Menendez (D-NJ), Senator Schumer (D-NY), and Senator Hagan (D-NC) react to Secretary of Transportation LaHood announcement that the federal government will ban texting while driving for bus drivers and truckers and call for passage of new legislation that extends scope of federal regulation to include all drivers.
Senators Menendez and Congresswoman Gillibrand hold a press conference at The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York to call for additional federal steps to expedite the adoption of orphans in Haiti after the earthquake. They were joined by Brooklyn Councilwoman Letitia James, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan Executive Director of The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, and Dr. Jane Aronson, CEO, Worldwide Orphans Foundation.
Senator Menendez, Senator Lautenberg, and Congressman Payne call on New Jersey's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to make a series of immediate security upgrades to Newark Liberty International Airport in the wake of security breach news in the airport.