Aimee Belgard

Aimee Belgard to MacArthur: Join Me In Rejecting Congressional Perks

25-Jun-2014

(Willingboro, NJ) - As a member of the Edgewater Park Township Committee, Aimee Belgard forfeited her salary to help ease the town's financial hardships. Today, Belgard took another step toward achieving more transparent, fiscally conservative government by rejecting a number of taxpayer funded Congressional perks, and calling on her opponent, Tom MacArthur, to do the same.

"I got into this race because of the dysfunction and hypocrisy in Washington. Congressional perks are just one more example of how out-of-touch Congress is with the lives of average Americans. People along the Shore and in South Jersey are hurting right now. Jobs are hard to find and our shoreline still hasn't recovered from Superstorm Sandy. As a nation, we are failing to keep the promises we've made to our veterans and seniors. Meanwhile, members of Congress enjoy perks like first-class airfare, luxury cars and a members-only gym at the expense of taxpayers. It's simply wrong, and that's why I'm calling on my opponent to join me in rejecting these perks," said Belgard.

Aimee Belgard has announced that she will reject the following taxpayer funded Congressional perks and require increased transparency when it comes to support for tax breaks that could directly benefit members of Congress:

  • Taxpayer funded first class airfare

  • Taxpayer funded luxury vehicles

  • Taxpayer funded members-only gym

  • Taxpayer funded campaign-style mailers to constituents

  • Requiring members of Congress to disclose how the tax breaks they vote for would personally benefit them

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Aimee grew up in South Jersey, in a middle-class family of four. She graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High, followed by Stockton College in South Jersey, before obtaining her law degree from Widener University. Aimee was elected to the office of Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2012 following a highly competitive race. As Burlington County Freeholder, Aimee works across party lines building problem-solving coalitions that have delivered results for our community.

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