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From left, Reps. Donald Norcross, Andy Kim and Mikie Sherrill. Photo by Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe.

Sherrill, Kim, Norcross slam Trump over military spending diversion to fund border wall

New Jersey installations unaffected

By Nikita Biryukov, September 04 2019 5:44 pm

Though New Jersey avoided losing any projects as part of President Donald Trump’s plan to divert cash from military installations to fund a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, New Jersey’s members on the House Armed Services Committee aren’t pleased with the move.

“President Trump failed to convince Mexico, a Republican-controlled Congress and the American people to pay for his ineffective wall. Now he’s taking money away from our military through an unconstitutional power grab in order to pay for his wall. It’s appalling and we can’t stand for it,” Rep. Donald Norcross said. “While I’m relieved New Jersey projects remain on track for now, Trump has already raided disaster preparedness funds for bases during hurricane season and, now, critical military construction projects across the country and overseas will no longer be able to proceed as Congress intended.”

Trump’s plan would divert $3.6 billion from military projects across the country and abroad.

Affected domestic projects include those in Republican and Democrat-controlled districts.

“The administration continues to put partisan politics above our national security. Using a procedural gimmick to redirect funds already authorized and appropriated by Congress for military construction projects is a disservice to our service members and their families,” Rep. Mikie Sherrill said. “As a Navy veteran and a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I know investing in our military readiness is a critical priority, and this decision compromises our military’s ability to defend the United States and stand with our allies.”

New Jersey hosts seven military installations.

The largest of those, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, employs 40,000. The base is the state’s second-largest employer.

“This decision by the administration to strip billions away from our military is reckless and irresponsible,” Rep. Andy Kim said. “On the Armed Services Committee, I’ve heard generals and admirals make urgent requests for funds to rebuild bases critical to our national security that were devastated by natural disasters. Now, the administration’s actions are hurting our military readiness. I’ll keep pressing to protect Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst as well as our security posture across the globe.”

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