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After Storm, Congressman Gottheimer Outlines Plan to Secure More Grant Funding for North Jersey

Congressman Gottheimer at the Westwood DPW, in front of a police vehicle the town received through the LESO excess equipment program. Credits: Courtesy of the Office of Congressman Josh Gottheimer

WESTWOOD, NJ -- Monday morning, Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) announced that through his work to get a better return on investment (ROI) on the tax dollars New Jersey residents already send to Washington, the Fifth District has received from the federal government $290 per household, a 16% increase from recent years. This increased ROI helped towns acquire emergency equipment like generators and trucks for responding to severe storms like Riley and Quinn, according to his office. More towns in the Fifth District --which includes Hackensack-- are now enrolled and competing for federal resources than in years past.

Gottheimer highlighted town successes with the Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) excess equipment program, FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant, and DOJ’s Community Oriented Policing grant program.

“I’m proud to announce that, working together, we’ve clawed back $290 for every household in the Fifth District -- a 16% increase from what we’ve historically received in Northern New Jersey to help cut our property taxes and fight back against the Moochers States," said Congressman Gottheimer. "[That equals] $290 back for storm cleanup, repair, and emergency management. These are dollars that we’ve clawed back from the federal government to help offset the strain on our local budgets and property tax bills.” 

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Gottheimer was joined by Westwood Mayor John Birkner, Jr., Paramus Mayor Rich LaBarbiera, Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse, Fair Lawn Mayor Lisa Swain, Acting Westwood Police Chief Matthew McClutchy, and FOP Lodge 57 President and Franklin Borough Detective Sergeant Nevin Mattessich at the Westwood Department of Public Works.

"New Jersey is considered a giver state because we pay the federal government far more than we receive back in funding for roads and bridges, as well as social services. New Jersey is consistently ranked a top five giver state, despite having some of the highest general living expenses in the country," said Mayor Labrosse. "Greater federal funding will support our local efforts to repair our old infrastructure and redevelop cities like Hackensack to once again be commercial and employment hubs. I would like to thank Congressman Gottheimer for fighting for New Jersey's taxpayers."

Congressman Gottheimer’s report can be downloaded HERE.

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