With New Hampshire jobs and economic vitality on the line, Gov. Chris Sununu is remaining silent amid the Pentagon’s recent announcement that it intends to cut $223 million from the Marine Corps F-35 program to fund the president’s wall at the Southern border.
The F-35 program – which builds fighter jets used by many branches of the military – plays an integral role in supporting the New Hampshire economy. According to a report by NH Business Review, the F-35 program has generated over $481 million in economic activity in New Hampshire, supporting 55 suppliers and over 1,500 jobs.
If these drastic military budget cuts become reality, those jobs could see themselves in jeopardy.
In January 2019, Sununu was on the record supporting Trump’s push for a border wall, stating “absolutely” when asked whether he supported the president’s costly push for the measure.
And now that the president is seeking to slash the F-35 program to fund his long-awaited wall between the U.S. and Mexico, Sununu appears to be standing idly by as the economic security of New Hampshire workers is on the chopping block.
Sununu is vying for reelection as Governor of New Hampshire on the ballot alongside President Trump, a state the president lost in 2016.