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NJ Congressman: Put Woman On $20 Bill, Not $10

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) -- It's the $10 or $20 dollar question.

One New Jersey Congressman is urging the Treasury Department to keep Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill and instead, having a woman grace the $20 bill.

As WCBS 880's Jim Smith reported, Rep. Bill Pascrell says he's all for a woman on a bill, but that Alexander Hamilton should keep his place on the $10.

"I think he's been underrated -- to use a term that we use in sports -- and a lot of folks have been overrated," the lawmaker said. "And I think he's had a lot to do with the growth of this country."

NJ Congressman: Put Woman On $20 Bill, Not $10

Hamilton and Pascrell both have strong ties to Paterson, New Jersey. Hamilton is largely credited for planning the industrial city.

Pascrell said if anyone gets short-changed it should be Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill.

"Jackson was a slave owner. He was responsible for the Trail of Tears, which forced native American tribes to migrate westward," he said.

Pascrell also added that the $20 bill has a wider circulation to properly honor the chosen woman.

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