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Rep. Josh Gottheimer at the Groundbreaking for the New Portal North Bridge, August 1, 2022. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe).

Gottheimer launches Grant ‘Claw Back’ Summit to help groups get federal grants

N.J. congressman teaching local officials how to claw back federal dollars from moocher states

By David Wildstein, February 08 2023 4:58 pm

In a bid to help local officials learn more about federal grant dollars that are frequently left unclaimed, Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) is holding an all-day Grant “Claw Back” Summit on Friday for municipalities, first responders, and local organizations.

Since his election to Congress in 2016, Gottheimer has championed a belief that New Jersey should claw back money it sends to Washington, rather than subsidize “moocher states” that traditionally take more out of the federal budget than they contribute.

Instead, he wants his constituents “to be able to learn how to claw more federal tax dollars back to their communities.”

“Working together, since 2017, the Fifth District is now up more than 357% in grants, resources, and federal dollars we’ve clawed back from Washington. This federal investment helps to lower our local property taxes, make our communities safer, and make life more affordable,” Gottheimer said.  “We all need to work together to ensure we’re getting the strongest return on investment.”

While Gottheimer is marketing the Grant “Claw Back” Summit in New Jersey’s 5th district, which just re-elected him by a double-digit margin, it’s open to the entire state and will be live-streamed on Gottheimer’s Facebook page.

The Gottheimer summit will include presentations “from the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program, the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant, the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and their Rural Development grant program, the Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) 1033 Program, the General Services Administration (GSA), and more.”

The program goes from 9 AM to 5 PM.

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