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Senator Oroho praises introduction of bipartisan bill to help small businesses and nonprofits

Calls for General Assembly and Gov. Murphy to Support New Legislation

NEW JERSEY – Senator Steven Oroho (R-24) praised the introduction of bipartisan legislation Thursday that would provide the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) with $300 million to fund emergency grants and loans for small businesses and nonprofit organizations impacted by COVID-19.

“The small businesses that line our Main Streets and the nonprofits that serve our communities are struggling to survive, which is why Senate Republicans have been fighting for a substantial expansion of assistance programs for months,” said Oroho, the Senate Republican Budget Officer. “With State revenues almost certain to beat expectations this year and the likelihood New Jersey will receive billions more in the next federal relief package, there’s no legitimate argument that we can’t afford this legislation.”

The new legislation is sponsored by Senator Dawn Addiego (D-8), Senator Vin Gopal (D-11), Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3), Senator Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), Senator Michael Testa (R-1), and Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean (R-21).

“I’m glad this is now a bipartisan effort in the Senate, but we still need the General Assembly and the Murphy Administration to get on board for the legislation to advance and be enacted,” added Oroho. “I urge Governor Murphy and Speaker Coughlin to recognize the urgent need for this relief and to publicly express their support for moving it forward.”

The new legislation builds upon a measure, S-3210, that was introduced in November and sponsored by the entire Senate Republican caucus.

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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