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Legalized extortion, the maritime union way.
New Jersey spent $700,000 more to have road salt shipped from Maine to Port Newark by barge than it would have cost had the federal government granted a waiver allowing a foreign vessel to deliver the coveted cargo, the state transportation commissioner said yesterday.
Shuttling 40,000 tons of salt over four trips by barge between Searsport, Maine, and Port Newark will cost $1.2 million compared with the $500,000 New Jersey would have spent if the cargo ship Anastasia S. had been permitted to take the load to New Jersey, Simpson said today after a meeting of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
It was the same message Simpson, a close ally of Republican Gov. Chris Christie, delivered on Monday after a special NJ Transit meeting.
"I've never been aggravated more in my life than about this salt issue, because this is a no-brainer for government to fix," he said at that meeting. "If we can't feel that it's in the public's interest to get salt down here, then there's no hope for anything else, as far as I'm concerned."
With the Obama Administration, when there's a conflict between "the public interest" and "union interests," the unions win, hands down, every time.
And the Jones Act exists to protect the maritime unions.
So to recap.
The good news is we got our road salt, which as, um, luck would have it, is just in time because it's snowing again as I write this.
The bad news is it took 2 weeks and an extra 700 grand to get it here.
Your tax dollars at work.
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