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Rep. Mikie Sherrill. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Lawmakers urge Murphy to send federal funds to less-populous counties

By Nikita Biryukov, April 22 2020 5:35 pm

Rep. Mikie Sherrill and 10 of New Jersey’s other congresspeople urged Gov. Phil Murphy to direct funds made available to the state under a $2 trillion bailout passed last month to some of the state’s less populous counties Wednesday.

“Just like their more populous neighbors, these counties are bearing an incredible burden as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and work to keep their populations safe,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Murphy. “It is imperative that the enormous costs they face in responding to this crisis are given due consideration as New Jersey deploys its allocation of the Coronavirus Relief Fund, as well as other funding from the CARES Act that flows through the state.”

New Jersey received about $3.4 billion from a $150 billion fund created to help state and local governments struggling amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Part of that money went directly to the state, while part went to counties with 500,000 or more residents.

Atlantic, Burlington, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Morris, Salem, Somerset, Sussex and Warren did not meet the population threshold.

Rep. Albio Sires (D-West New York) was the only member of the state’s House delegation to not sign onto the letter.

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