Menendez Focuses on Meals on Wheels, Despite Own Legal Worries

NJTV News | March 27, 2017 | Politics
U.S. Representative goes door to door to make sure clients eat, and to dramatize what Trump administration’s cuts would mean to New Jeresey

Never mind that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) learned last week that the U.S. Supreme Court would not hear an appeal of his corruption case, he had other things on his mind: delivering lunch as part of the Meals on Wheels program.

“We still have motions to file which we have not filed yet,” he said. “And if we succeed at that, that’ll be great and, if we don’t, I look forward to a trial and being exonerated, because I know what I did, and I know the work I do and it has nothing to do with what’s alleged,” Menendez said.

Meanwhile, he was attending to important business, going door to door in order to highlight that President Donald Trump’s budget priorities could mean an end to Meals on Wheels, which serves 54,000 clients in New Jersey and more than 5 million across the country

“Between cuts to the Older Americans Act and cuts to Community Development Block Grants and other community development programs under HUD that contribute to the Meals on Wheels program… It would be the equivalent of 500 meals a month that they would have to find another resource for,” Menendez said.

Roughly a third of the funding most Meals on Wheels programs receive is from federal dollars, funneled through a variety of senior and housing programs.

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