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The Week Just Past: On People's Minds -- Gas and Jobs


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"Over the past week, I had the opportunity to do what I love best: meet and listen to my constituents and hear their views on the many critical issues of the day. Among other settings, I got together with Kiwanians in Parsippany and Rotarians in Livingston.

"Of course, the price of gasoline has our attention. From families to businesses large and small, everyone is affected. The cost of getting to and from work has jumped. Gas prices are boosting grocery bills, businesses' transportation costs, and affect local municipalities' budgets.

"I said that, in my view, the key to energy security begins here at home - more domestic drilling, more nuclear power, more renewable energy sources like solar and hydropower, and of course, more conservation. A diversity of energy supply represents security of supply. And since roughly 70% of the world's oil is controlled by people who don't like us, we must do better. I reported that the House has passed dozens of "all-of-the-above' measures, only to see them languish in the Senate.

"But of course, the major topic of discussion this week -- and my primary focus - continues to be the economy and jobs.

"Millions of Americans, including tens of thousands here in New Jersey, are looking for work and cannot find it. This is unprecedented, unacceptable and, frankly, unsustainable.

"We must promote a healthy economy by protecting small businesses and job creators.

"The sad truth is that Washington is promoting government dependency instead of personal responsibility and economic freedom.

"We need to build a society where hard work is rewarded and every American has the opportunity to succeed.

"In next week's e-News, I hope to be able to report that the Senate has finally passed the bipartisan JOBS Act and the House has repealed another onerous provision of Obamacare - the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) - which many seniors fear will become Medicare's rationing board.

"Until then, stay tuned."

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