“New Jersey Is Going to Have to Close Its Interstates”

Need. More. Salt.

This actually sounds kind of dire. More dire than last week, when we started getting thirsty for salt.

With salt stockpiles dangerously low, the state transportation commissioner said yesterday New Jersey is just one snowstorm away from possibly closing major roadways — and he blames the federal government. “A lot of the counties and municipalities are out of salt,” Department of Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson said yesterday. “If we have one more storm, New Jersey is going to have to close its interstates.”

By the way, he blames the federal government for a pretty interesting reason. There’s a boat full of salt sitting up in Maine that Simpson wants to steer to Newark. But the feds won’t allow it, because the Merchant Marine Law of 1920 prevents foreign ships from traveling from one domestic port to another. It also states that Tom Hanks should have earned a Best Actor nomination for his role in Captain Phillips.

[Star-Leger]




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  • matthew brandley

    Its called the Jones act and it forbids that ship from traveling from that port to another with that load in u s waters. Funny how comrade fuer obama wants to screw everyone isnt it? putting public safety in jeapordy would seem like a impeechable offense to me but congress has no balls to do the righ thing. Again people would ask “what would the goverment have to do with this”? Educate your self!

    • Joe Jones

      You’re blaming Obama for a law that was passed in 1920? Has he been made aware of the situation, and what can he do about it if it is a federal law? We might just as well blame Christie because his funding cuts to municipalities caused them to cut back on the amount of salt they stockpile.

      • matthew brandley

        what part of obama can grant a waiver and refused to did you not get? hello? McFly?

        • Joe Jones

          I didn’t see that anywhere is this article. It says “federal government” can grant a waiver. Federal government covers a lot of territory and departments, as I’m sure you know. Obama is not necessarily aware of the problem. Perhaps Christie should contact his buddy Barack for it.

          • matthew brandley

            Its in big bold red print! are you blind?

          • Joe Jones

            Apparently I am. Obama’s name is NOT in red print on the page on my screen, and I’ve checked all the links on this page, including the one for the “Star Leger” and can only find references to the Department of Homeland Security. Other articles I’ve pulled up blame the Department of Homeland Security as part of the “Obama Administration.” Still, it’s the same old story of red tape, bureaucrats, and politics. Business as usual.

          • matthew brandley

            Dear ignorant reader. OBAMA REFUSED TO GIGN OFF ON ON IT LAST WEEK! WHAT PART OF THAT DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND YOU MORONIC IGNORANT IMBECILE?

          • Joe Jones

            Why not just do the intelligent thing and post your source rather than resort to shouting and name calling?

  • American Salt Miners Assn

    Why import salt, when we can have undocumented Mexicans working in the salt mines out west to make our roadways safer? Hence the pressing need for immigration reform to get millions of more undocumented Mexicans coming to the US.

    • matthew brandley

      OMG the stupidity on here is over whelming! theres a frieghter siting in Maine loded with rock salt . It cant be moved down here due to Jones act from 1920 s forbidding said ships from other countries transporting cargo from 1 u s port to another. Obama aka the fuer was asked to sign a waiver to let the ship transport the salt down to newark which would have taken 2 days. he refused!. Certain rock salt is mined in parts of the world in imported or moved by ship from other ports f canada to the u s. MYGOD what part of uneducated people are on here? Hanst anyone heard of the salt mones n nwe mexico and texas or mexico that most of it comes from? Good Lord!I see our school system has failed us again!