New Jersey to Provide $60 Million in Coronavirus Relief Fund Money to Additional Counties, Local Governments

By: Jaina Louise Winston, Writer / Follow South Jersey Community Services Intern

TRENTON, N.J. — Congressmen Andy Kim and Donald Norcross, along with Governor Phil Murphy, announced that $60 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) will be allotted to counties and local governments that did not receive funding in the first federal allocation plan. In effort to provide relief to severely-impacted communities in New Jersey, the allocated funds will serve as assistance for those struggling with unexpected expenses.

Bridgeton City will receive more than $800,000 in federal funding as part of this program. Vineland will receive more than $1.4 million out of a total of $3,644,864 that is set to be allocated to Cumberland County municipalities. You can check out exactly which cities and towns will get federal funding here.

The state’s County Boards of Social Services will also receive up to $10 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund through the New Jersey Department of Human Services to provide assistance with COVID-19-related expenses, including technology and supplies.

“Local Governments have stepped up to meet the needs of their communities through this pandemic, and we are strengthening their efforts today with $60 million dollars in direct relief,” Governor Murphy said in a press release. “We know these funds will be a welcome lifeline of support for essential government services and New Jersey’s taxpayers.”

“Our state has been hit hard by this crisis, and we need to do everything we can to help our communities stay safe and healthy,” Congressman Kim added in a release. “I’m proud to have voted to help deliver this funding back home, but the work isn’t done. I’ll keep working with my colleagues in Congress to find bipartisan solutions that will help New Jersey and won’t stop pressing until this pandemic is over and working people are back on their feet.”

Gov. Murphy, alongside Congressmen Kim and Norcross, are working to ensure relief amongst New Jersey residents. The Local Government Emergency Fund include health-related expenses, remote working technology and signage and information technology related to the COVID-19 response and recovery and more.

“The CARES Act has delivered critical federal resources to our state and distributing this CRF funding to those county and local governments who have yet to receive relief will have a profound impact,” Congressman Norcross said in a release. “These resources will provide our local governments with the vital funding needed to help cover unexpected costs from the pandemic and keep our first responders and other essential workers safe and on the job. I’ll continue to fight for New Jersey in Congress to ensure our communities get the tools and supplies we need to combat this outbreak and keep residents healthy and secure.”

This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.