Bush Visits NJ


President George W. Bush

President George W. Bush

COLTS NECK—George W. Bush was in Colts Neck Monday to raise money for GOP congressional candidates Leonard Lance and Christopher Myers.


This was the President’s second visit to New Jersey this year.  On March 28, Bush was in Freehold Township in an appearance to promote the White House’s effort to provide relief to homeowners facing foreclosure.

With the federal government proposing a quick $700 billion rescue program to bail out the nation’s financial system, Bush has again come under fire for his contribution to the economic mess.

Democrats are calling for restrictions on the plan to protect taxpayers, aim relief on homeowners facing foreclosure, limit executive compensation and bonuses, and focus help on American businesses.

Invitations for the event at the 50-acre estate of Juan and Marta Gutierrez began circulating on Sept. 11, at a cost of $1,000 per person or $5,000 per person for a photo with President Bush. Between 200 and 300 people were expected.

Gutierrez immigrated to the US from Cuba in 1962, eventually earning his fortune in construction of such public sector clean water projects, wastewater treatment plants, bridges, tunnels and mass transit.

Gutierrez is also vice chairman of the Cuban American National Foundation, which seeks freedom and improved human rights for the island nation. He intends to ask Bush to lift the 2004 travel ban and restriction on sending money to family members in Cuba.

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