Politicians say NJ is getting shortchanged in the latest Homeland Security budget

New Jersey politicians say the state is getting shortchanged in the latest Homeland Security budget.

Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy says he was dumbfounded that Jersey City had its budget cut 61 percent, more than any other city in the United States. Healy also says there is something seriously wrong with the formula for providing assistance.

Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-New Jersey) and Senator Jon Corzine (D-New Jersey) plan to introduce the Risk-Based Homeland Security Funding Act on Tuesday. The bill would eliminate state minimums, a recommendation of the bi-partisan 9-11 Commission. The bill would base the distribution of money on risk factors like vulnerability and potential terrorist targets.

The greatest threat to the senators? bill are the lawmakers from states that stand to lose money if the bill passes.

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