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U.S. Senator Menendez secures $181M for community projects across New Jersey

Federal funds come from the omnibus government funding bill passed by the Senate today

NEW JERSEY  U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) highlighted the $181,080,000 for community projects he secured in the Fiscal Year 2023 government funding bill that passed the Senate Thursday.

The projects the Senator fought for make critical investments in education, water infrastructure and health care services, which will help improve communities across the state.

“This is a major investment in communities across New Jersey, which will improve the quality of life for hardworking families, create good-paying jobs, and ensure our state continues to be one of the greatest places to live, work, and raise a family,” Menendez said. “From flood mitigation and public safety to transportation and education, these projects will have meaningful impacts on communities from Bergen to Cape May counties. I’m proud these projects were included in the funding bill and I will continue fighting to ensure our state has the resources to complete transformative projects like these.”

Sen. Menendez, alongside Sen. Cory Booker, were able to secure tens of millions of dollars for key community projects in cities and townships across New Jersey including Newark, Passaic, Bayonne, Paterson, Lakewood, Clayton, Cape May and Mount Holly; and for countywide projects in Burlington County, Union County and Hudson County, just to name a few.

Funding for other community projects secured by Sen. Menendez include:


  • $330,000 for Mount Holly to support the conversion and renovation of a former Bank of America building into a new municipal courthouse facility.
  • $715,000 for the Borough of Clayton Fire Department to purchase a new ladder truck.
  • $55,000 for the Township of Hanover for clearing major obstructions from the Whippany River and its major tributaries.
  • $380,000 for Meals on Wheels of Salem County to purchase a facility where Meals on Wheels of Salem County can create their own commercial kitchen and office spaces.

Commerce, Justice, and Science

  • $1,790,000 for the City of Englewood to purchase portable radios, mobile radios and improve interoperability.
  • $500,000 for Jersey City to expand domestic violence intervention services into the greater Hudson County area.
  • $1,000,000 for the City of Trenton to open and operate the Trenton RISE Center, with the main goal of fostering trust between the police department and city youth.
  • $563,000 for the Township of Harrison to purchase 85 multi-band radios to replace the single band radios currently used by the Harrison Police Department.
  • $210,000 for the Township of South Hackensack to replace the outdated communications/radio system utilized by the South Hackensack Police Department.
  • $1,200,000 for the County of Burlington to upgrade of countywide emergency communications system.
  • $255,000 for the Borough of Bogota for the replacement of a two-way radio system.
  • $1,000,000 for Inspira Health Network to purchase equipment and expand and enhance services that will impact youth directly to prevent community youth violence.
  • $1,333,000 for the Town of Newton to purchase and install upgraded interoperable 911 emergency communications response systems.

Energy and Water:

  • $250,000 for the Township of Piscataway to provide for low cost electricity through renewable solar power.
  • $700,000 for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to retrofit North and South pool lights with LED bulbs which will significantly reduce energy usage at the memorial pools, extend their lifespan, and reduce utilities costs.

Army Corps of Engineers:

  • $1,000,000 for New York/New Jersey Harbor Deepening and Channel Improvements to for preliminary engineering and design.
  • $32,000,000 for Barnegat Inlet to Little Egg Inlet, NJ for periodic nourishment.
  • $1,000,000 for Townsends Inlet to Cape May Inlet, NJ for periodic nourishment.
  • $300,000 for Whippany River Watershed, NJ To initiate a feasibility study for flood risk management and environmental restoration.
  • $3,000,000 for New York and New Jersey Harbor, NY & NJ (O&M) to initiate a feasibility study for flood risk management and environmental restoration.

Financial Services and General Government:

  • $300,000 for Borough of Fairview to digitally scan and archive the Borough of Fairview’s municipal documents.
  • $2,500,000 for Kean University to expand research space in ILSE’s incubator, supporting entrepreneurs and early-stage companies in NJ life-science ecosystem in Union-Essex and surrounding urban area.
  • $640,000 for Monmouth University to develop, educate, and accelerate entrepreneurs within Monmouth and Middlesex counties with a particular focus on underserved communities.

Homeland Security:

  • $1,000,000 for the Borough of Carteret to renovate, and expand the Carteret Office of Emergency Management (OEM) building.
  • $1,112,000 for Middlesex County to identify and address gaps in flood resiliency planning within the Southern Middlesex region.
  • $10,000,000 for the City of North Wildwood to extend seawall in North Wildwood.
  • $1,212,000 for Montgomery Township to purchase severely flood-damaged properties and convert into open space.


  • $3,452,000 for North Bergen to mitigate storm water runoff on Tonnelle Ave.
  • $442,000 for Prospect Park for main sewer line replacement.
  • $600,000 for Fort Lee for renovations and upgrades to sewer pump station.
  • $1,000,000 for the Borough of Edgewater for improvements and rehabilitation of Pump Station No. 4.
  • $394,000 for Guttenberg to eliminate an open concrete structure in the CSO outfall pipe.
  • $1,060,000 for the Township of Teaneck to improve the stormwater conveyance system.
  • $1,000,000 for Cliffside Park for repair and improvements to stormwater pipes.
  • $1,200,000 for the Borough of Flemington for construction of potable water wells.
  • $2,170,000 for the City of Elizabeth for the replacement of lead service lines.
  • $3,452,000 for the City of Hackensack for a combined sewer separation project.
  • $3,320,000 for the Borough of Alpha to construct a new potable water storage tank.
  • $3,452,000 for the Willingboro Municipal Utilities Authority for construction of water treatment plant upgrade to remove PFOS contaminant.
  • $600,000 for the City of Cape May for engineering and designing of drinking water treatment plant expansion.
  • $709,000 for the Borough of Woodland Park for the installation of sewer main line.
  • $2,400,000 for the City of Garfield for the removal of lead service lines.
  • $1,000,000 for the City of Rahway for the replacement of lead contaminated service lines and improve the City’s water quality.
  • $250,000 for the Town of Dover for replacement of lead service lines.
  • $500,000 for the Township of Piscataway for the construction of a new wing at the Meltar-Bodine House Museum Historic Site that will provide room for educational programs and workshops.

Labor, Health, and Human Services:

  • $3,300,000 for Holy Name Hospital to establish a Graduate Medical Education Center.
  • $1,000,000 for the City of Newark for construction and renovation of community health clinic at the Speedway Avenue School.
  • $188,000 for the City of Paterson to hire social workers for the recently launched Appropriate Medically Assisted Treatment Anytime, Anywhere (AMATAA) referral program (now branded as “”RealFix””.
  • $609,000 for The Valley Hospital to purchase additional in-room sensor technology.
  • $1,700,000 for the Urban League of Essex County to expand Financial Opportunity Centers serving low-income communities in Essex, Union, Hudson, Morris and Bergen.
  • $1,000,000 for Virtua Health to expand Virtua Health’s existing pediatric behavioral health programs to add a Burlington County location.
  • $500,000 for United Way of Northern New Jersey to facilitate a sustainable early childhood education and care system links licensed early childhood education centers with registered home-based provider
  • $782,000 New Jersey City University to provide equitable access to high-demand online nursing education.
  • $850,000 for Middlesex College for the development of new workforce training programs that lead to industry-recognized credentials and career pathways in highdemand fields in Middlesex County.
  • $207,000 for the Lakewood Resource and Referral Center to install security system for a new Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) site being built in the southern side of Lakewood, New Jersey.
  • $661,000 for Union County to expand mental health and recovery support programs.
  • $1,404,000 for Rutgers University–Camden for programming and staffing support for community centers in the City of Camden.
  • $565,000 for 180 Turning Lives Around, Inc. to hire mental health clinicians and related professionals to provide supports including mental health assessments, traumainformed counseling, and outreach/education services in schools and throughout the community.
  • $650,000 for the New Jersey Institute of Technology to develop, implement and test a comprehensive pre-apprenticeship skill-training program in advanced manufacturing and mechatronics.
  • $960,000 for Stevens Institute of Technology to purchase equipment computer cluster and satellite receiving station.
  • $750,000 for Jersey City to establish specialized apprenticeship program for unemployed low-to-middle-income youth.
  • $720,000 for the County College of Morris to purchase equipment and create cybersecurity curriculum for the CCM Cybersecurity Center.
  • $1,000,000 for William Patterson University for scholarships for students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • $1,000,000 for Kean University Department of Human Resources to establish a University-assisted, two-generation (2Gen) strategy for parents and caregivers of students in Kean University’s pipeline development programs.
  • $500,000 for Bancroft to provide technology/assistive devices to equip smart homes for adults with disabilities.
  • $1,000,000 for Middlesex College to implement a holistic student support model to improve retention and graduation rates for adult learners, and address equity gaps.
  • $650,000 for New Jersey Institute of Technology to develop and implement a Community College Pre-Engineering Network Initiative for four-year university bound community college students.
  • $175,000 for New Jersey Sharing Network for the purchase of lab equipment in the transplant research lab.
  • $471,000 for Push to Walk to purchase equipment for physical rehabilitation and wellness program for survivors of spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, developmental disabilities, and other neurologic chronic conditions.
  • $950,000 for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences for nursing simulation equipment.
  • $1,000,000 for RWJBarnabas Health Cooperman Medical Center to purchase equipment that will facilitate deploying physicians out in the community at the scene of emergencies to improve access to life saving care.
  • $1,140,000 for Seton Hall University to expand and upgrade the Healthcare Simulation Center.
  • $500,000 for The Center for Great Expectations for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for outpatient services.

Military Construction:

  • $5,950,000 for Lawrenceville for construction and alteration for an administrative building.
  • $3,000,000 for Atlantic City International Airport for planning and design for construction of new hangar addition.
  • $5,100,000 for Atlantic City International Airport to construct new Base Main Entry Control Facility.

Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development:

  • $4,000,000 for the City of Passaic for construction of a parking deck located at the
    corner of State and Passaic Street.
  • $3,550,000 for the City of Newark to renovate and upgrade the historic Lincoln Park to
    accelerate the redevelopment of the Lincoln Park Neighborhood.
  • $510,000 for Jersey City to construct a food pantry facility at the Currie Woods
    Revitalization Center to better serve the needs of housing residents and the greater
    Greenville neighborhood.
  • $516,000 for the County of Union for construction and equipment to improve Union
    County’s homeless shelter capacity.
  • $450,000 for the County of Camden for construction and renovations of the Camden
    County Correctional Facility Reentry Release and Resource Center.
  • $1,000,000 for the City of Bayonne for reconstruction ADA compliant Buddy Baseball
    field at 11th Street.
  • $500,000 for the City of Elizabeth for acquisition of Mobile Emergency and Homeless
    Case Management vehicle.
  • $2,249,000 for the National Aerospace Research and Technology Park to develop a core Command & Control (C2) system for critical and emerging technologies associated with autonomous vehicles that would safely and securely operate on and around an airfield environment.
  • $1,750,000 for Hudson County for improvements to County Road 653/County Avenue in Secaucus.
  • $1,000,000 for Bergen County for expansion of mixed use bus terminal redevelopment.
  • $250,000 for the Borough of Leonia for purchase of shuttle bus to provide transportation services for senior citizens.
  • $950,000 for Secaucus for the construction of a senior services building and community center.
  • $100,000 for the Borough of Lodi for purchase of shuttle bus to provide transportation services for senior citizens.
  • $2,000,000 for the Township of Lakewood to construct new roads, sidewalks, street lighting, sanitary sewer, drinking water, stormwater management, drainage, and landscaping to address traffic congestion and that will support new housing development.
  • $3,000,000 for the Township of Edison to create recreation and meeting space for seniors within the township.
  • $3,000,000 for the South Jersey Transportation Authority for design of a cargo taxiway at Atlantic City International Airport for the development of cargo service.
  • $1,500,000 for the City of Perth Amboy for improvements to Veterans Memorial Youth League Complex Park.
  • $1,215,000 for the County of Passaic for streetscaping along Great Falls Gateway.
  • $750,000 for the Borough of Bergenfield to expand and renovate the existing park infrastructure.
  • $1,500,000 for the New Jersey Community Development Corporation to help pay for the construction of an addition to the Great Falls Youth Center and acquire next door parcel to permit us to serve additional Paterson youth.
  • $750,000 for Kean University to develop a plan to revitalize the distressed Coalport neighborhood in the City of Trenton.
  • $888,000 for the West New York Housing Authority for renovation and installation of equipment that will enhance access and provide greater safety for seniors and low-income residents in public housing.
  • $3,000,000 for Burlington County Human Services for construction of a homeless shelter.
  • $1,800,000 for Hoboken to complete the redesign of Sinatra Drive between 4th Street and 11th/Hudson Streets.
  • $2,021,000 for Jersey City to reconstruct 14 segments of the Morris Canal Greenway in Jersey City.
  • $1,000,000 for the City of Paterson to rehabilitate the Johnny Briggs Baseball Field at Westside Park with new fencing, lighting, and synthetic turf.
  • $250,000 for the City of Summit for construction of rail-to-trails Summit Park Line project.
  • $250,000 for the County of Bergen for subsurface soil stabilization to resolve the continuous sinking of River Road in Edgewater between Gorge Road and the Hudson County line.
  • $475,000 for the County of Camden for the construction facilities to provide meals to low income seniors.
  • $970,000 for the Food Bank of South Jersey to purchase hybrid delivery trucks and vans.
  • $1,000,000 for New Jersey Performing Arts Center for construction of a 53,000 square foot center for arts training.
  • $500,000 for Newark Public Radio for building and facilities repairs. $2,250,000 for Old Bridge Township for construction of a new Community Building in the Township of Old Bridge.
  • $750,000 for the Township of Lebanon for milling and paving of roadways.
  • $500,000 for the Borough of Ridgefield to complete roadway improvements and resurfacing.
  • $2,600,000 for the Township of South Brunswick for construction and equipment for intersection improvements to a signalized intersection.
  • $1,158,000 for the Township of West Orange to invest in rehabilitating O’Connor Park’s half basketball courts, handball courts and ice hockey skating rink to provide physical activities for all residents and visitors.
  • $1,500,000 for the Township of Woodbridge to purchase electric shuttle buses to facilitate access to downtown.

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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