New Jersey's 13th District is home to what is considered to be the most dangerous two-mile stretch of road in the country. With one of the largest ports in the country, chemical plants, the Newark Airport, and critical transportation infrastructure, securing this region is of great importance to the communities I represent and to the nation. During my time in Congress, I have been working with my colleagues to prepare and protect the 13th District from all threats.
In early 2008, the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Bennie Thompson (D-MS), visited the 13th district to better understand the security issues we face in our community. Chairman Thompson understands that the port and transportation infrastructure located within our district are absolutely critical to our national security. During my time in Congress, I have been a strong advocate of adequate funding to secure our ports, chemical security plants, and other significant infrastructure.
In the 111th Congress, I supported legislation that would direct that Transportation Security Administration to implement several programs to better protect airline passengers. In addition, I have voted for legislation that would improve safety measures at chemical facilities to limit their risk to neighboring communities. I have also requested increased funding for local fire departments to ensure that they have the staff and equipment needed to respond quickly and save lives.
The destructive storms that pummeled the state of New Jersey in early 2010 are an important reminder of the need to consistently review and advance our preparedness measures and our emergency response capabilities. With the proper tools, we can mitigate the risk and improve recovery from natural disasters as well as other threats.