Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, R-Union, Somerset and Morris, issued the following statement regarding a news report that a 1920 federal maritime law stranded a shipment of road salt at a Maine seaport while urgent requests for a waiver to deliver the salt to New Jersey were denied by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. According to the report, federal officials were asked for help concerning a 94-year-old law preventing foreign vessels from moving cargo from one U.S. port to another.
"After the recent serious accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, we know the importance of having salt to treat roads rises to the level of life and death. We need immediate help from the federal government granting the necessary waiver to transport the salt from Maine. This shipment will help keep our roads safe and save lives."