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Mehta bashes Booker, Menendez on coronavirus relief package

Soliman: ‘Mehta is either lying or misinformed’

By David Wildstein, April 05 2020 9:17 pm

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rik Mehta today slammed New Jersey’s two U.S. Senators for not including four counties in a package that provides coronavirus relief funding.

“Cory Booker and Bob Menendez’s complete indifference for our public health pandemic continues to sicken New Jersey,” said Mehta. Their decision to leave four New Jersey counties — Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, and Salem — off of the $2 trillion-dollar federal emergency stimulus package is immoral and unacceptable. This money would provide a lifeline to these struggling communities where COVID-19 infections continue to rise and economic hardships plague future recoveries.”

Mehta accused Booker and Menendez of leaving out those counties because they are controlled by Republicans.

“The Democrat Party of New Jersey has once again betrayed the trust of the people and left them with nothing to save them from the bite of bankruptcy so many of them are facing,” Mehta said. “Their claim that the over $82 million in grants are meant to ‘assist communities on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak’ neglects the fact that the four Republican-majority counties they excluded from aid have so far recorded 614 positive COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths as of Sunday morning.”

Democratic strategist Michael Soliman pushed back on Mehta’s attack.

“The federal relief package will help families and businesses in every county and town in our state, so Mr. Mehta is either lying or misinformed,” Soliman said.  “Everyone else got the memo to put politics aside to fight a common enemy, including our entire delegation which unanimously supported the CARES Act, but Mr. Mehta has sadly chosen a different path.”

Mehta, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official, is one of five candidates seeking the Republican nomination to take on Booker in the fall.

“It’s clear that Booker’s Democrat Party will stop at nothing to achieve its selfish vainglorious aims; this time politicizing a public health pandemic,” said Mehta.  “New Jersey needs checks and balances among its two U.S. Senators. It’s time for New Jerseyeans to put policy over politics and fire Cory Booker for all our sakes.”

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