U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo joined Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) in Glen Rock on Monday to explain to small business owners how the bipartisan infrastructure bill will help create jobs and spur the economy.
“The message we heard was loud and clear: fixing our crumbling infrastructure — our roads, bridges, rails, and tunnels, and investing in broadband, and fighting climate change, like those recent floods, is key to their success. And to Jersey’s,” Gottheimer said. “For everyone who has hit a pothole, has been stuck on a train, spent too much time commuting, or whose business can’t get the broadband connection they need, including far too many parts of my district in Sussex and Warren Counties, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill is a game changer.”
Raimondo praised Gottheimer’s role in building bipartisan support for the bill in the House.
“This infrastructure package is a huge step forward for America, and your Congressman, Congressman Gottheimer, has been a leader in that effort,” she told local business owners during stops at Suka Jewelry, Merve’s Kitchen and Bakery, Carrick Mor Irish Store, and John Boy’s Pizza.
Of the 43 Bergen County municipalities in New Jersey’s 5th district, Glen Rock was the only one Gottheimer didn’t carry in the 2020 Democratic primary. He defeated a challenge from the left from Arati Kreibich, a Glen Rock councilwoman, by a 66.5%-33.5% margin. Kreibich won her hometown by 299 votes.
The business they visited in Glen Rock were “just a stone’s throw from the train station, where moms and dads commute to work every day,” Gottheimer said.
“In Jersey, we have the third worst roads in the nation; and a third of our bridges are in desperate need of repair,” Gottheimer said. “New Jersey’s public transit has been ranked the worst in the nation, causing endless delays and frustration. Parents are often late to work in the morning and miss bedtime in the evening.”
The visit by a Biden cabinet member comes as Gottheimer works on a budget reconciliation package that includes a restoration of the State and Local Property Tax (SALT) deduction that can pass the Senate and House and make it’s way to Biden’s desk.
Gottheimer and Raimondo were joined by Glen Rock Mayor Kirstine Morieko, Council President Mary Barchetto, County Clerk John Hogan, and Bergen County Commissioner Tom Sullivan, the president of the Bergen County Building and Construction Trades Council.