Hazlet Mayor David Tinker Joins Bipartisan, National Infrastructure Coalition
Building America's Future announced today that Mayor David Tinker (Hazlet, NJ) had joined its bipartisan and national infrastructure coalition comprised of state and locally elected officials to help secure a renewed federal commitment to infrastructure.
"From roads to ports to transit to freight, New Jersey knows all too well the impact infrastructure has on quality of life and economic competitiveness," said Mayor David Tinker (R-Hazlet). "I've joined Building America's Future because I share their commitment to keep our communities safe and commerce thriving. I look forward to working with members nationwide to make their vision a reality."
Co-chaired by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA), former Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA) and Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NYC), Building America's Future is dedicated to smart infrastructure investment – energy systems, roads and bridges, mass transit, water and sewer systems, rail, ports, airports, levees and dams, schools and housing – to enhance the quality of life and safety of our communities, create jobs and economic growth, and promote energy independence.
"Infrastructure has a direct link to our quality of life, and Americans deserve it to be safe, efficient and modern," said Marcia Hale, President of Building America's Future. "Faced with shrinking revenues and budget deficits, states and cities are increasingly looking to innovative solutions – like partnering with the private sector – to repair and modernize their infrastructure. We welcome Mayor Tinker and look forward to working with all of our members to help guarantee that infrastructure investment be spent wisely and effectively."
Local Infrastructure Facts:
- 36 percent of New Jersey's bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete (Source: Deficient Bridge Report, Federal Highway Administration, 2008).
- New Jersey's drinking water infrastructure needs an investment of $6.92 billion over the next 20 years (Source: Drinking Water Needs Survey and Assessment, Environmental Protection Agency, 2003).