U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, both Democrats, announced Wednesday, the awarding of $43,739,760.71 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) grants to the New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management to support those on the frontline combatting the COVID-19 outbreak.
The funding will reimburse the state for the purchase and distribution of personal protection equipment to hospitals, health care providers, long-term care facilities, first responders, county offices of emergency management and state agencies.
The senators said they have secured more than $93 million in PA grants to help the state’s first responders during the pandemic.
The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act federal emergency stimulus package included $45 billion for the FEMA Disaster Relief Fund to help states, like New Jersey, which is included in the president’s Major Disaster Declaration, provide for immediate needs and essential services to protect citizens and recover from the outbreak.
“I’m truly grateful to the hardworking men and women across the state who have put themselves on the frontline of this pandemic,” said Menendez. “This critical funding will help our first responders, health care workers, and other essential employees in their mission of protecting the safety and health of all New Jerseyans. I’ll continue pushing FEMA to eliminate the local cost-sharing for grants and work to ensure our state receives the funding and resources it needs to respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“New Jersey’s first responders continue to put their health and safety on the line, so it’s imperative they have the resources they need to combat this public health crisis,” said Booker. “I stand committed to fighting for the federal funding the brave men and women of the New Jersey State Police and all our first responders need to protect themselves and all New Jerseyans.”