Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Oh Come On, Garrett

This from the press office of Representative Scott Garrett yesterday:

Today, U.S. Representative Scott Garrett introduced an amendment with the support of Representatives Frelinghuysen (NJ) and Shays (CT), to prevent the FAA from implementing their inconsiderate and ill-advised Preferred Alternative for the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia Airspace Redesign.
Definitely makes it sound like Garrett introduced the amendment, yet he didn't. This from the Congressional Record.
The Chair recognizes the gentleman from New Jersey.

Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. Mr. Chairman, I am pleased to offer this amendment on my own behalf as well as Congressman Garrett from New Jersey, my colleague; and Congressman CHRISTOPHER SHAYS from Connecticut.
As a matter of fact, the amendment that was heavily voted down was titled the Frelinghuysen of New Jersy Amendment. Had Garrett introduced it, it would have been called the Garrett Amendment.

It's unfortunate that this amendment went down. As anyone who has been outside during a storm when the planes are being rerouted due to weather down the Saddle River Valley or Pascack Valley knows, it gets really loud. The other night I thought a plane was landing in my house, and the idea of it being a permanent thing is not something I'm looking forward to.

On a sidenote, the number of people that attended seems to go up with each Garrett release talking about the event. That being said, with hundreds showing up at the last public meeting to protest the change, it's a hot button issue for a lot of people.

Regardless of the final headcount, it's truly disingenuous for Garrett to take credit for the work of others on this issue; making it seem like he was the lead dog on this when it's so easy to figure out he wasn't. It's another example of how he misrepresents the truth when addressing his constituents.

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