Acting Gov. Codey upset over New Jersey homeland security funding cuts
Although New Jersey native Bernard Kerik has been nominated to be Homeland Security head, his home state has been faced with a major decrease in funding for security.
Funding for Jersey City is dropping by more than $10 million - a 60 percent decrease, while Newark will lose $2 million in funding, dropping 20 percent.
Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healy is troubled by the news that his city's funding will be decreased. "We are a target," Healy said. "The city can't afford to lose money."
Governor Codey calls the cutbacks "a slap in the face." Codey also questions the motives of the presidency in the funding cuts, asking if the loss of aid has to do with President Bush not winning New Jersey in the recent election.
Of the three cities that the Department of Homeland Security elevated to high alert - New York, Washington, D.C. and Newark - only Newark will be losing funds next fiscal year. Nationally, homeland security funding will be increased by $158 million overall.