Senator Menendez said, "I strongly believe in fiscal responsibility. Today's sober proposal from the President highlights the tough choices we have ahead of us. Families in New Jersey expect me to deal with the difficult choices ahead and I will, but we must also remember that fiscal responsibility requires a balance between targeted spending cuts and key investments to keep America competitive. Just hacking away - as the Republican leadership has called for - hurts America's middle class and our country's long term success. We must get spending under control, but New Jersey's middle class families can't afford the Republicans' hatchet job."