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NJ Congresswoman Reacts to State of Union, Says ‘Robust Infrastructure Bill’ Needed

U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman talks about infrastructure and immigration

President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address on Tuesday night elicited a range of reactions. The president’s mention of a possible $1.5 trillion in infrastructure investment was of particular interest to New Jersey’s congressional delegation, given this region’s urgent need for trans-Hudson tunnel construction among other upgrades.

U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12th), said that "probably represents a fraction of what we need," in an interview yesterday with WNYC. She added that "…we need a robust infrastructure bill, and I know that both Democrats and Republicans are waiting to have that debate on what it should be."

Coleman was unimpressed with Trump’s statements on immigration, remarking that "I think the president was playing to his base when he talked about the hard line he was going to take…"

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