POLITICS & GOVERNMENT

Gottheimer proposes bipartisan solution to infrastructure funding

Rep. Josh Gottheimer announced a plan to revive bipartisan cooperation on infrastructure funding Tuesday at event that brought together a representative from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and trade union leaders.

Last week hope for a bipartisan infrastructure agreement dissolved after President Donald Trump walked out of a scheduled meeting with Congressional leaders, upset over continuing investigations into his administration.

“One thing you learn in Washington is you got to have to be able to do everything at the same time,” said Gottheimer. “And you know, this is not the first time we’ve had investigations and oversight an we’ve always had presidents and Congress able to work together from different parties to keep moving the country forward. This can’t, you can’t use any excuse to freeze things up and stop making investments we need just because other things are going on.”

Gottheimer is the co-chair of the problem solvers caucus, which Tuesday released a bipartisan policy report that includes recommendations to repair the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. Arguably, the top infrastructure priority in New Jersey is the Gateway Project, which would rehab the crumbling Hudson River rail tunnels.

Gottheimer also announced Tuesday that he will be introducing a bill to require the federal government to re-join the Gateway Development Corporation’s board.