I believe that the federal government plays a critical role in providing local governments with the requisite revenues and guidance to administer to the needs of the citizens of that state. Here in New Jersey, the federal government provides essential funding to maintain and improve our state's transportation infrastructure, and federal grants to help support the hiring of police or the revitalization of downtown areas. Federal funding also covers the cost of providing affordable, quality health insurance for our State's children as well as covering the cost of New Jersey's Medicaid and Medicare patients' healthcare needs.
I support the role of the federal government in providing these many other services to citizens of New Jersey. I believe that the federal government should play a balanced role by protecting the rights of every citizen, by allocating funding and guidance to maintain essential benefits and to allow States the flexibility to serve the needs of their individual citizens.