RELEASE: Gottheimer Announces Federal Investment for Local North Jersey Projects Passed by House

Aug 02, 2021
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Fighting to claw back more federal dollars to the Fifth District to help lower taxes, invest in community

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) announced that new federal investment for North Jersey passed the U.S. House of Representatives in HR 4502, including all ten of the community projects Gottheimer submitted on behalf of Fifth District local governments and transit agencies. These ten Community Project Funding proposals now must be passed by the Senate and signed into law by the President.

“Critical federal investment that will move North Jersey forward and make our residents’ lives better has passed the House — a huge win for the Fifth District,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “Our ten community project proposals will not only improve local transit systems, infrastructure, health care and clean water access, but they will also help lower the property tax burden on our residents. With the passage of this investment in the House, we are one step closer to bringing much needed federal dollars back to our North Jersey communities.” 

Gottheimer submitted these ten Community Project Funding proposals for consideration to the House Appropriations Committee earlier this Congress.  Local, county, and state government entities, as well as nonprofits, were eligible to submit requests to their Member of Congress for community projects including water infrastructure, transportation infrastructure, health care services, education programs, social services, police services or equipment, a community center, senior center, recreation center or park, and other local government projects and programs.

The ten Fifth District community projects championed by Gottheimer and passed by the House:

  • Bergen County’s Hackensack Transit Connector Project — $250,000 to help improve public transit access in downtown Hackensack.
  • Hackensack University Medical Center’s CT Scanner Acquisition Project — $775,000 to help expand Hackensack University Medical Center’s ICU capacity and ensure high quality care for all patients.
  • Hardwick Township Virtual Services Upgrades — $17,460 to help update online interfaces provided by Hardwick Township, improving information access for residents.  
  • New Bridge Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Emergency Dept. Expansion Project — $2 million to help expand health care access and services in Bergen County.
  • Newton Medical Center Behavioral Health Department Renovations Project — $750,000 to help complete much needed renovations on the behavioral emergency department at Newton Medical Center.
  • Paramus Borough Prospect Avenue Sewer Pump Station Project — $250,000 to improve sewage services in Paramus.
  • Ridgewood Water Drinking Water Treatment Facilities Construction — $2.8 million to help ensure clean drinking water that is free of PFAS contamination for the towns serviced by Ridgewood Water.
  • Saddle River’s Sewer Main Construction Project — $1.1 million to help build a sewer infrastructure system to serve affordable housing units available for residents earning up to 60% of the Bergen County area median income.
  • Sussex Borough Water Utility Improvement Project — $100,000 to help revamp water infrastructure in Sussex Borough.
  • Sussex County Elderly, Veteran, and Employment Services Transportation Services — $500,000 to help improve accessible public transportation in Sussex County.

Find statements from local North Jersey officials about the project proposals here.

More information on these community projects and their proposals can be found here

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