We learned today that 82-year old Rep. Bill Young (R-FL13) is set to retire from the House of Representatives.
So? Well, the Garden State’s own Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ11) happens to be next in line to replace him as chairman of the House’s Appropriations defense subcommittee in the next Congress (assuming, of course, that the GOP retains the House in 2014).
It’s a big post carrying a lot of power, Save Jerseyans. In FY 2010 alone, the House Committee on Appropriations’s defense subcommittee budgeted $636 billion for the Pentagon. Frelinghuysen already has a reputation for “bringing home the bacon” (a.k.a. earmarks or “pork”) relative to his New Jersey colleagues who’ve generally done a pretty poor job recouping tax dollars per every cent on the dollar sent to D.C.
We’ll keep you in the loop…