CRANBURY, NJ - State senate candidates in New Jersey's 14th District are feuding over who is doing more for furloughed workers trying to get paid after the recent government shutdown.
Hamilton Township Councilwoman and Republican state Senate candidate Ileana Schirmer released a statement earlier this month condemning what she called “all talk and no action” on behalf of incumbent Sen Linda Greenstein D-14
“Talk is cheap. State employees deserve actions, not words,” Schirmer said. “Linda (Greenstein) has no problem cashing her paycheck during the furlough, yet government employees who didn’t get paid have to apply for unemployment."
Earlier this week Greenstein broke her silence and released a statement of her own in support of the Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to sign S3422 which would pay the 35,000 state workers for the 4 days the government was shutdown.
"This is great news for the workers who were affected by the brief government shutdown,” Greenstein said in her statement. “These men and women run our state agencies and make sure the services that our residents depend on are delivered in an efficient way. We need to show them the respect they deserve, and make sure they are compensated for the time period they were unable to work as a result of the state shutdown."
Due to an impasse by legislators in meeting the state constitutionally mandated budget deadline on June 30 the state government shutdown all nonessential services, impacting an estimated 35,000 workers.
The shutdown ended on July 3. The shutdown caused state parks and beaches to close for most of the Fourth of July weekend.
Greenstein and fellow senators passed the bill to pay the workers on July 13th. The assembly is scheduled to vote on the measure on Monday which Gov. Christie is expected to sign if the measure passes.
Although the money to pay the workers is already in the budget for the furlough, state officials however, were not able to provide an estimated cost when contacted this week.
Greenstein is seeking a third term in the senate Schirmer is hoping to reclaim the seat for the Republicans.