For Immediate Release – December 23, 2012
Americans for Prosperity Rips PolitiFactNJ for Sham Hurricane Sandy “Fact Check”
Pro-Taxpayer Group Says Twisted “Mostly False” Ruling Driven by Left-Wing Agenda, Calls on Conservatives to Boycott Biased “Cabal”
BOGOTA, NJ – The New Jersey chapter of Americans for Prosperity is blasting PolitiFactNJ for an agenda-driven rating of the pro-taxpayer’s group statement regarding Hurricane Sandy relief aid.
“The so-called fact checkers at PolitiFactNJ were on a mission to ‘prove’ Americans for Prosperity’s statement about Hurricane Sandy relief aid false, even if it meant turning fourth grade math on its head,” said state director Steve Lonegan.
Over the past several weeks, Lonegan has exposed the bloated, unnecessary $60.4 billion Hurricane Sandy relief aid request. In a press release earlier this week, Lonegan reiterated that New Jersey’s $36.9 billion share would be equivalent to “almost $4,200” for every man, woman and child in the state (2011 U.S. Census data puts New Jersey’s population at 8,821,155 persons).
Lonegan’s assertion has been publicized multiple times including in a December 8 press release, in a December 17 NJTV interview with Mike Schneider, and in a Taxpayer Minute radio spot. Notably, the target of PolitiFact’s review, AFP’s December 18 press release, linked to not just one, but all three of these items. Yet, PolitiFactNJ ignored all of Lonegan’s prior statements.
“If PolitiFactNJ were really interested in the truth, all they had to do was take a look at my NJTV interview, our radio ad or our prior release. Instead, that did not fit their narrow, biased, liberal agenda,” said Lonegan. “The PolitiFactNJ reporters have shown a blatant disregard for the evidence and any notion of logic and fairness to arrive at the predetermined conclusion. And the reason for that predetermined conclusion is simple: PolitiFactNJ does not like that I have taken a stance against the wasteful Hurricane Sandy relief bill.”
AFP also clarified the statement in detail for PolitiFact reporter Caryn Shinske when challenged on its veracity. E-mails were exchanged between Lonegan, AFP communications director Mike Proto and Shinske. The relevant e-mails can be found below.
Lonegan is calling on conservatives to boycott PolitiFact.
“PolitiFactNJ’s sham ruling on AFP’s statement shows this isn’t about fact-checking and truth but undercutting conservatives, a pattern that’s become a habit for the entire PolitiFact cabal.”
“Not only has PolitiFactNJ twisted the facts in this case but has consciously avoided true ratings of other AFP statements,” added Lonegan. “Such was this case earlier this year when PolitiFact challenged AFP’s statements about Trenton’s foreclosure scheme only to discover our claim to be 100% accurate and then refuse to run the story.”
“Enough’s enough,” said Lonegan. “It’s time for conservatives to band together and to stop cooperating with a bunch of agenda-driven reporters who loathe conservatives and have no real interest in telling people the truth.”
Mayor Lonegan is available for further comment. He can be reached at 201-881-6682.
From: Mike Proto [mailto:MProto@afphq.org] Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 1:01 PM To: SHINSKE, CARYN Cc: Steven Lonegan Subject: Re-Sending: RE: NJ Share of Sandy Relief Aid
Per your request, here is the information to support our statement that NJ’s share of the relief aid package would be “nearly $4200” per capita.
Hurricane Sandy Relief Aid Request
The entire package requested is $60.4B with New Jersey’s share being $37B.
- President’s request – $60.4B
- Gov. Christie/NJ put initial share at $37B
NJ’s share per capita.
- 2011 population per U.S. Census Bureau: 8,821,155
- NJ’s share per capita using either reported figure for NJ would be “nearly $4,200” as stated(2011 population divided by request)
- If $37B = NJ’s per capita share would be $4,194.46
- If $36.9B = NJ’s per capita share would be $4,183.13
Feel free to contact us with any follow-up questions.
From: SHINSKE, CARYN [mailto:CSHINSKE@STARLEDGER.COM] Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 1:03 PM To: Mike Proto Cc: Steven Lonegan Subject: RE: Re-Sending: RE: NJ Share of Sandy Relief Aid
Received; thank you. Will let you know if I have any follow-up questions.
Caryn Shinske | PolitiFact New Jersey Editor | One Star-Ledger Plaza | Newark, NJ 07102-1200
P: 973-392-1503 | F: 973-392-5845 | E: CSHINSKE@STARLEDGER.COM
From: Steven Lonegan [mailto:SLonegan@afphq.org] Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 1:22 PM To: SHINSKE, CARYN; Mike Proto Subject: RE: Re-Sending: RE: NJ Share of Sandy Relief Aid
I look forward to your writing about this. Like some guy once said “Do the math”. i like sentences like:
Steve, you were right… again.
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