NEW JERSEY – U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer Wednesday highlighted the need for bipartisan federal investment to states, counties, towns, and local communities in the next coronavirus rescue and relief package.
New Jersey continues to be ranked as having the second largest coronavirus outbreak in the country by total number of cases. In the North Jersey counties that make up the Fifth District, as of Wednesday, there are more than 29,000 cases and there have been more than 1,700 deaths, Gottheimer siad.
Gottheimer highlighted the critical need to get federal investment and resources to state, county, and local governments to support the efforts of communities throughout North Jersey and the state to combat the spread of the coronavirus, to keep residents safe and healthy, to purchase more PPE for front-line workers, and to continue essential public services.
Gottheimer was joined on a Northeastern regional video press conference call today by Representatives Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-8), Susan Wild (PA-7), Anthony Brindisi (NY-22)
“In my District in North Jersey, we’re one of the hardest hit areas in the entire country, and I’m fighting to make sure we’re protected from this virus, that we get our local economies back on track, and that our state, our counties, and our towns have all the resources they need. Those on the frontlines right now are the workers in all our local communities: the frontline medical workers and EMTs that our counties and towns employ, as well as our law enforcement, firefighters, teachers, and the essential public service workers who’re keeping us going throughout this crisis,” Gottheimer said. “I’m hearing first-hand how hard our local communities are working to battle this pandemic, and disregarding our states and communities, their workers, and the resources they need is simply not an option.”