Vice-President Joe Biden was in Connecticut on Thursday to promote federal stimulus money in the state; and to stump for fellow Democrats, Chris Dodd and Jim Himes.
About 300 people gathered in a park-and-ride in Fairfield to hear Vice President Biden talk about federal Recovery Act dollars which are helping to restore a 9 mile stretch of the Merritt Parkway. "The road to recovery must literally be repaved and that’s what’s starting right here in this lot." Biden says the Parkway project will create more than 100 new jobs, and put 16 contracting companies to work. "Companies that lay the asphalt. Companies that do the landscaping. Companies that put up the fences. Companies that paint the pavement. Every dollar that is invested in the Merrit Parkway is going to be pumped through the veins of the economy of this state."
Biden was joined by Congressman Jim Himes, whom he thanked for supporting the Recovery Act; and the Connecticut Senator he called his “best friend”, Chris Dodd. Both Connecticut Democrats could face tough re-election bids in 2010. Himes is a first-time Congressman who narrowly beat longtime Republican Chris Shays last year. Dodd has been lagging in the polls, though recent numbers show his approval ratings on the rise. President Obama is expected to come to CT later this month to campaign for Dodd.