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Why It’s the Government’s Fault
There Isn’t Enough Salt to
Make Roads Safe in New Jersey

Heritage, by Bryan Riley

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Posted By:Judy W., 2/20/2014 7:25:42 AM

Winter storms recently dumped nearly a foot of snow in parts of New Jersey. As of February 13, New Jersey state police had responded to 157 accidents and 353 calls for help, and road crews struggled to maintain safe driving conditions while faced with a shortage of rock salt to clear the roads. (Snip) The dangerous shortage of rock salt is a result of a federal law known as the Jones Act, which prohibits foreign ships from transporting goods from one U.S. port to another. According to one report:

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When are we going to stop letting unions endanger our lives?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: edgar, 2/20/2014 7:37:40 AM     (No. 9739429)

I think someone has a phone AND a pen. Perhaps they can make some stuff up and get the salt delivered.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: msts, 2/20/2014 7:38:30 AM     (No. 9739430)

Its neither a union issue or a Homeland Security issue. Its painted that way in the news but the Jones Act was put in place in 1920 to promote and maintain a US Merchant Marine and codified other regulations which have been around since the founding of the country. In short, it states that all shipping between US ports must be done by vessels flagged in the US, built in the US and manned by US licensed crews. It would seem that a waiver should be forthcoming, as waivers in the past were given to fuel shipments in winter. I would be very careful in letting the Act be repealed. Good examples of why it is better to have US Flagged and crewed vessels are seen when some foreign cruise line allows for a ship to go without power and its passengers to wallow in filth. As a former US Merchant Engineering officer, this would never be allowed to happen. Our standards are higher. That is not to say that we do not make mistakes, but our vessels are more tightly regulated for safety and engineering and ou crews better trained. You will give this up with repeal.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Coy860, 2/20/2014 7:39:56 AM     (No. 9739432)

This act also prevents Cruise Ships from going from one American Port to another without stopping first at a foreign port.
It would be a nice cruise from NYC to Maryland, to Charleston, to Canaveral to Key West and back again.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: GreatGreyhounds, 2/20/2014 7:43:25 AM     (No. 9739438)

Of course, the shipping company supplying the salt should be aware of the Jones Act, and should have booked the ships accordingly.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Pros7767, 2/20/2014 9:39:54 AM     (No. 9739605)

That´s not fair. Christie helped get Obie elected. Where´s the quid pro quo?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: oh-heck, 2/20/2014 10:18:40 AM     (No. 9739680)

The Jones Act has had an even bigger effect on NJ refineries to get crude oil. The refineries were built to process light sweet crude which gets a premium as the world´s supply has been shifting to heavy sour oil. Texas is getting lots of light sweet crude from the Eagle Ford shale and it is filling the pipelines. But their are no Jones Act supertankers. So there has been a multi-year program underway to build Jones Act barges and oil tankers. Till the ships are ready, the refineries either remain closed or ship the oil in by rail.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: TOOTALL, 2/20/2014 10:58:19 AM     (No. 9739744)

The big fella ain´t on the Hawaiian´s A list anymore now that he´s running for President. And raising tons of cash for Republicans!

And really, who cares about two lanes on the GW bridge. Unless you´re stuck in the traffic, you couldn´t care less. Why would anybody drive into Manhattan anyway? Are you nuts? Or stupid? Or both!! If you need to get somewhere on the other side there are much better ways to go.

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