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Somerset County Republican Chairman Al Gaburo, right, with Hudson County Republican Chairman Jose Arango.

Hudson GOP chair: Don’t let states go bankrupt

Arango wants future federal aid tied to state-level reforms

By Nikita Biryukov, April 23 2020 12:18 pm

Some New Jersey Republicans aren’t buying into Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s suggestion that states be allowed to declare bankruptcy.

Hudson County Republican Chairman Jose Arango on Thursday dismissed the McConnell’s proposal, adding that future federal aid should be linked to reforms that make state economies more resilient to unforeseen crises.

“Unfortunately, the Senate Majority leader’s idea will lead to more economic hardship at a time when state governments need to be there for their citizens. We would hope President Trump would not support states going bankrupt in the wake of this illness,” Arango said. “At the same time, a blank check to state governments might not allow them to effectively recover and prosper in the long term. Like many things in politics, we need a bi-partisan Third Way that will best serve the people.”

McConnell’s suggestion drew an uncharacteristically sharp rebuke from Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday, though some Republican voices have taken a stance similar to Arango’s.

“If we want to come out of this crisis better, we cannot burn it all down or spend into oblivion,” the chairman said. “There is a middle path that will allow government to best serve citizens and build a stronger foundation for the future.”

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