JERSEY CITY, NJ -- All nine of Hudson County’s state legislators have signalled their support for Governor Phil Murphy’s emergency borrowing plan and have agreed to vote to approve it when it is heard in the State Senate and Assembly, Hudson County Democratic Chairwoman Amy DeGise announced Saturday.  

Along with much needed direct federal support that U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and the state’s congressional delegation are working tirelessly to obtain, the Governor’s borrowing plan will prevent potentially massive layoffs of public sector workers, from police officers, EMTs and other first responders to teachers and even public health workers, among many others, a statement read.

“The COVID-19 crisis has pushed our local, county and state governments nearly to the breaking point as frontline employees have dealt with an unprecedented situation and worked tirelessly to care for our communities. Forcing these government agencies to now lay off thousands of essential workers during this pandemic absolutely cannot be allowed to happen,” the delegation said collectively. “We believe that Governor Murphy’s emergency borrowing plan is a sound fiscal strategy that will provide state, local and county governments with the funding needed to continue providing the essential services that our residents rely on.”

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The delegation closed by thanking Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin for supporting the Governor’s plan and posting it for a vote and asked Senate President Steve Sweeney to do the same.

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