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Gottheimer applauds New Jersey’s step to begin $500 back-to-work bonuses

NEW JERSEY — U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) this week released a statement applauding the State of New Jersey’s plan to distribute new $500 back-to-work bonuses, utilizing a portion of the federal COVID-19 relief dollars New Jersey received from the American Rescue Plan.

This initiative, which Gottheimer originally proposed back in June, will create a one-time $500 incentive for residents who are newly hired, which will be included in their first paycheck. Candidates must be New Jersey residents and work full-time with at least 32 hours a week.

“It’s absolutely essential to connect unemployed Jersey workers with businesses in need and encourage workers to return,” Gottheimer said. “This new initiative is a fantastic step to help both our unemployed residents and local businesses, and I’m glad to see that the Garden State is working to implement a back-to-work incentive program just like the one I proposed in June. This program will utilize federal investment we passed in Congress from the American Rescue Plan. As we continue the transition from pandemic life to normal life, it’s essential that we help businesses find employees and help Jersey residents get back to work. We must get our state fully back on track. ”

The U.S. Treasury has confirmed that back-to-work incentives are eligible expenses for State COVID-19 relief funds.

“There are financial and logistical challenges stemming from the pandemic. From childcare, to transportation, to ongoing health issues, school, and taking care of family members — I think we are all trying to figure everything out as quickly as possible. I believe this $500 back-to-work bonus will help in that transition,” Gottheimer said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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