***VIDEO RELEASE*** Menendez Rallies with Federal Workers for End to Trump Shutdown

***VIDEO RELEASE*** Menendez Rallies with Federal Workers for End to Trump Shutdown

Trump Shutdown hits one-month mark, longest in U.S. history Over 5K NJ federal workers furloughed, forced to work without pay are struggling to make rent, pay bills


EGG HARBOR CITY, N.J. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez rallied today with New Jersey federal workers who are furloughed or forced to work without pay as the partial government shutdown hits the one-month mark.  They were joined by U.S. Representative Donald Norcross (N.J.-01) and New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech.

“We’re here today to send a very simple message to President Trump and his lackey in the Senate, Mitch McConnell: ‘Open the government, end this shutdown, and let our federal workers do their jobs!’” said Sen. Menendez.  “The longer this shutdown goes on, the more damage it will do as homebuyers can’t get FHA-backed mortgages, as small businesses can’t get the federal loans they need, and as local shops where federal workers eat lunch lose out on business.”


The Trump Shutdown has had a devastating impact on working families, leaving more than 800,000 federal workers—including 5,000 in New Jersey—either on furlough or working without pay. Many of these workers live paycheck to paycheck and do not know when or if they will be able to afford rent, food, and medicine.

“Every day that this senseless shutdown drags on, real families with very real bills are harmed and millions are denied the vital services we deserve,” Wowkanech said.  “This shutdown is a direct attack on our unions, and working people won’t allow our brothers and sisters as a bargaining chip for Trump’s wasteful and unnecessary border wall. We’re angry, we’re loud and we will be heard.”

Among those suffering are employees at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center (WJHTC) in Atlantic City—the nation's premier air transportation system laboratory and South Jersey’s largest employer next to the casino industry—and servicemembers stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City and the Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May.  Several WJHTC employees spoke out during the rally in an effort to shed light on the devastating impact the Trump Shutdown has had on their families and the WJHTC community. 

Sen. Menendez has cosponsored several pieces of legislation to lessen the blow and ensure federal employees and federal contractors impacted by the shutdown are made whole:

Sen. Menendez met Friday with a dozen affected federal workers who shared their personal struggles and concerns, including dipping into savings, skipping meals and falling behind on bills. 

Sen. Menendez last Wednesday shared the story of a struggling furloughed New Jerseyan on the Senate Floor in demanding President Trump and the Senate Republican Majority reopen the government.  The senator has repeatedly called for an end to the Trump Shutdown and pressed Majority Leader McConnell to call a vote on House-passed legislation that has already gained bipartisan approvals in the Senate.