MENENDEZ, BOOKER ANNOUNCE NEARLY $14M TO BOOST NJ’S PANDEMIC RESPONSE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker have announced a combined $13,760,173.57 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to boost New Jersey’s response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is critical funding to ensure our state and health care providers can continue responding to the pandemic and keep up with the demand for tests and vaccines,” said Sen. Menendez.“We’ll need continued federal funding and resources as the pandemic rages on and I’ll fight to make sure New Jersey receives its fair share.”
“As New Jersey continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, it is essential that our state receives the federal funding required to effectively respond to this crisis,” said Sen. Booker. “This funding will help ensure that New Jersey’s frontline workers have the critical resources necessary to protect the health and well-being of our state’s residents.”
The funding allocation is below:
· $5,841,540 – New Jersey State Police
Funding can be used to help the State Police’s emergency response and pandemic recovery efforts including assisting with testing and contract tracing, supporting hospitals in their logistic planning and execution, and planning for relaxed social distancing measures and the reopening of the economy. Earlier this week, the senators announced $216 million to support the State Police’s vaccine distribution efforts.
· $4,272,066.31 – Hackensack Meridian Heath, Inc.
This grant reimburses Hackensack Meridian for costs incurred since the pandemic started including management costs. The senators recently announced $118,556,662.26 in FEMA grants to support Hackensack Meridian’s pandemic response.
· $1,861,031.25 – New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC)
This funding will allow the agency to continue providing weekly COVID-19 testing to staff, parole officers, civilian staff and residents across all NJDOC facilities.
· $1,785,536.01 – Kennedy Health System
This grant reimburses the Kennedy Health for the purchase and distribution of personal protective equipment from January to July of last year.