Lonegan Casually Calls for the Elimination of 800k American Jobs
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, September 27, 2013, 03:21 PM EDT
This week, U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan gave an interview to the Huffington Post that included the following:
“A government shutdown is not the end of the world," Lonegan said. He also said there could be a benefit to shuttering Washington for a while. "Now we know who is non-essential. Go home and stay home. That is how we downsize the government."
According to the Washington Post, a 2011 estimate from the Obama administration found that approximately 800,000 federal workers would be furloughed in the event of a government shutdown.
Alicia D’Alessandro, Chair of NJ Workers’ Voices, released the following statement regarding Lonegan’s comments:
“It is stunning that Steve Lonegan could so casually call for the elimination of 800,000 American jobs. Federal workers aren’t faceless bureaucrats in Washington, DC. These are dedicated public servants who serve our country, whether it is protecting our food, our water, or our transportation systems.
In a few sentences, Steve Lonegan made one thing perfectly clear. Working and middle class Americans are not his concern. He apparently does not care about how eliminating 800,000 jobs would impact workers and their families. Nor does he seem to understand what the loss of essential services would do to our communities.
On October 16, New Jersey voters have a choice between two very different candidates. Cory Booker will be an advocate for working people in the United States Senate, while Steve Lonegan’s latest statement should disqualify him from earning the support of a single working person in the state of New Jersey.”