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Bridgewater Republicans angered over federal aid ineligibility

Town of 45,000 fails to qualify for stimulus money

By Nikita Biryukov, April 20 2020 11:37 am

Republicans in the 7th congressional district’s largest town are upset over its ineligibility for municipal aid made available as part of the $2 trillion bailout signed into law last month.

The town’s all-Republican council passed a resolution calling on its federal representatives, Malinowski and Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez, to push future aid to Bridgewater.

“Governments and agencies throughout this region are raising their hands asking for help. We don’t have a daily televised press conference to make our plea,” Councilman Michael Kirsh said. “So instead, this resolution asks our Federal representatives, Senators Menendez and Booker and Congressman Malinowski, to fight for the needs of Bridgewater and hundreds of municipalities like us that have been bypassed to date, despite allocation of a whopping $2.2 Trillion in aid.”

Though the stimulus bill cleared more than $80 million in aid for New Jersey, its counties and some of the cities in the state impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, Bridgewater falls short of the 50,000-resident threshold needed to qualify

“I am in lockstep with the Council on this Resolution and I thank Councilman Kirsh for his leadership on it. Bridgewater has a population of 45,000; 5,000 short of the requirement to receive funding in this tranche of money,” Mayor Matt Moench said. “As the largest municipality in our Congressional District, I would have expected a better result. I implore our federal representatives to fight harder for Bridgewater as additional funding becomes available.”

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