The House passed the Public Safety Officer Pandemic Response Act, which would make COVID-19 a presumed line-of-duty injury under the Public Safety Officer Benefit program.
Rep. Josh Gottheimer is one of the cosponsors of the Helping Emergency Responders Overcome Emergency Situations (HEROES) Act of 2020, an aid package providing relief to frontline COVID-19 workers, local governments and benefits for those affected by the pandemic
“These are leaders from states that are all too happy to spend the tax dollars of New Jerseyans on pork projects back home,” said Gov. Phil Murphy.
New Jersey’s Senate contingent partnered with their New York counterparts to introduce legislation giving the families of first responders lost to COVID-19 access to public service.
Gov. Phil Murphy warned a “financial disaster” is the next surge the state government will have to confront. “A fiscal disaster is not months away. These decisions will be on our doorstep in literally just a few weeks,” Murphy stated on May 4. “We are on the brink of having to make very tough and quite frankly very unpalatable decisions.”
New Jersey hospitals will receive $1.7 billion from the federal government as part of The CARES Act. The money being distributed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is directed to the 395 hospitals hardest hit nationally by COVID-19. Of those, 53 in New Jersey qualified, the second-largest amount of funding awarded only behind New York.
Gov. Phil Murphy took the state’s case for federal aid needed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis directly to President Donald Trump.
Gov. Phil Murphy took the state’s case for federal aid needed as a result of the COVID-19 crisis directly to President Donald Trump on April 30. The governor said in an Oval Office meeting with the President that the coronavirus could cost the state up to $30 billion, and federal aid was needed to make up for the losses.
Rep. Josh Gottheimer wants the next round of COVID-19 federal aid to focus on frontline workers in coordination with monies for states, counties, towns, and local communities.
Gov. Phil Murphy came out swinging again against Washington during the daily coronavirus briefing held April 23. The governor said U.S. Treasury guidance on how states can use funding from the CARES Act “renders much of this funding unusable.”
Gov. Phil Murphy stated healthcare infrastructure in the region will need to be built up to include widespread in order to was stay at home guidelines.