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U.S. Senator Bob Menendez in Newark on April 26, 2021. (Photo: Facebook/NJ Globe.)

On foreign policy, Menendez says Biden showing ‘moral compass’

U.S. Senators extoll Biden at announcement of federal funding for NJ Transit

By David Wildstein, April 26 2021 1:04 pm

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez today praised Joe Biden’s role as a world leader as the president approaches his 100th day in office.

“I give him a superb rating, not because he’s a Democrat, but because of what he’s done,” said Menendez.

Menendez lauded Biden at an announcement Monday morning that he and U.S. Senator Cory Booker secured $2 billion in pandemic relief funding for New Jersey Transit.

“He is restoring the integrity of the United States across the globe,” said Menendez.  “Once again, traditional allies like England, France and Germany believe that they have an ally in the United States, and that we can work in common cause to meet some of the greatest challenges of the world.”

Menendez hailed Biden’s decision to recognize the Armenian Genocide, which led to about 1.2 million deaths between 1915 and 1917.

“In doing so, he showed the moral compass of this administration that yes, human rights and democracy is one of the pillars of our foreign policy.  He is to be commended dramatically.

Booker said that before Biden took office, New Jersey had uncertainties about vaccine availability, stimulus checks, unemployment and transit funding.

“Everybody should ask themselves: Am I better off now than I was 100 days ago? Booker stated.  “America is thriving out of the shadow of the valley of death and to the high ground of national success.”

Menendez and Booker announced additional infrastructure dollars to help New Jersey Transit implement their five-year capital plan, including advancement of the Gateway tunnel and Portal Bridge project, the extension of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, and moving toward a zero-emissions bus fleet.

“The COVID-19 pandemic derailed mass transit budgets across the nation and here in New Jersey, and if Congress failed to pass the American Rescue Plan, workers and commuters would pay the price,” said Menendez.  “But the American Rescue Plan was just that—a rescue plan.  It was not a long-term solution for our nation’s outdated and crumbling infrastructure.  That is why I am going to do everything in my power to ensure New Jersey’s priorities are front and center in the American Jobs Plan.”

Booker said that the pandemic “has had a crippling impact on nearly every aspect of our economy, including New Jersey’s transportation network.”

“Our work is not done,” Booker said.  “We must continue to work on long-term solutions, including the Gateway Project, to address our region’s infrastructure needs.”

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