Today, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele made an appearance in New Jersey to support GOP gubernatorial nominee Chris Christie. Noting that President Obama is going to be in the Garden State with incumbent governor Jon Corzine on Thursday, Steele launched into a criticism of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, asking those in the crowd how much stimulus money they’ve seen:
And where is the Governor on this? Does the governor like this bailout nonsense? Oh, I think he does. Does he like that stimulus check? How much of the stimulus check have you seen to create jobs in New Jersey?
According to Recovery.gov, New Jersey has been allocated $5,304,193,676 in recovery act money, which is already starting to work its way through the economy. The Newark Star Ledger reported that an “inordinate” amount of bids were made by construction companies seeking the $389 million in funding for roadway projects that the state has received, and work has begun on a $69 million project to upgrade I-95. A $6.7 million project to upgrade guardrails in Middlesex County has also been fastracked due to the stimulus. “We’ve just been shuffling out funds to do this work over a bunch of years,” Middlesex County Engineer John Reiser said.