Assembly Urges USDA To Curb Stink Bugs

The New Jersey State Assembly passed a resolution yesterday, 76-3, urging the United States Department of Agriculture and any other relevant federal agencies to fund efforts to reduce or eliminate the brown marmoated stink bug population.

Assembly Minority Leader Alex DeCroce, Assemblyman Jay Webber, the former NJ GOP chairman, and newly sworn in Assemblyman Jack Ciatrelli, all Republicans, were the three legislators voting no.

Tom Weisert, Webber’s spokesman, said that the Assemblyman usually votes against these non-binding resolutions that tell other jurisdictions how they should spend taxpayers’ money.  “It’s not that Jay favors stink bugs,” said Weisert, “besides, there are a lot more important issues that the Assembly should be addressing.”

Posted: December 6th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

3 Comments on “Assembly Urges USDA To Curb Stink Bugs”

  1. Support the real NJ Farmers said at 4:41 pm on December 6th, 2011:

    “…said Weisert, ‘besides, there are a lot more important issues that the Assembly should be addressing’.”

    The brown marmorated stink bug is a serious agricultural pest. Severe damage to apples and pears has already been seen in parts of Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

    Fruit and vegetable farms in NJ are at risk due to this invasive species and that IS an important issue.

  2. Yuck!! said at 7:49 pm on December 6th, 2011:

    Ugh. I hate those things. I hope they can find something safe that will “nuke” the nasty little buggers.

    Speaking of nasty, what (if anything) is being done these days to address New Jersey’s ever-growing Bed Bug population? What about that nightmare? They’ve been spreading for years now, but I never hear much in the way of a realistic control.

  3. BedbugsSuk said at 12:45 am on December 7th, 2011:

    The Bedbug Registry is a good site to check for resources and reports.