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U.S. Senators Menendez, Booker announce $80.5M to strengthen New Jersey’s health care infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) Tuesday announced $80,541,230 in federal funding was awarded to the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH).

The funding will be used to strengthen the state’s public health infrastructure, ensuring the state’s robust prevention, preparedness and response efforts during emerging health threats and ultimately improving the health of residents across the state. The senators secured this funding in the American Rescue Plan.

“I’m proud of New Jersey’s aggressive response during the pandemic and leading the way for so many other states across the nation,” Menendez said. “Still, the pandemic placed a strain on our public health resources and this additional funding will help strengthen our infrastructure and ensure we are more prepared when the next public health crisis emerges. I’ll continue fighting for federal resources such as this funding to keep New Jersey families safe and healthy.”

“As we continue to confront COVID and other health threats, investing in our public health infrastructure is as important as ever,” Booker said. “This award will ensure that our local health departments are well equipped and have the resources necessary to protect our communities’ health and well-being.”

Grant recipients can use this funding, which was awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to increase the representation of public health staff, improve organizational systems and processes and modernize data infrastructure. State health departments are also required to direct a portion of this funding to local health departments to boost their workforces.

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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