New Jersey contributes billions of tax dollars to the rest of the country, yet, we get back less and less of our hard-earned money each year when the federal government allocates funding to states.
In recent years, New Jersey received the least amount of assistance from Washington, getting back only 79 cents for every $1 paid in federal taxes.
Throughout my career, from serving as a Bergenfield councilman, to working with U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-5th Dist., to claw back our tax dollars from Washington, I knew there was more that our state could do to fight for our fair share.
That’s why I worked with Gov. Phil Murphy’s office to craft state legislation, just signed last month, to establish a grants management office within the New Jersey Department of Treasury. This office will help our state take a more proactive approach to identifying, securing and managing federal grants. The office will distribute information to state departments about federal grant opportunities, oversee applications to make sure they are completed correctly and punctually, and teach interested stakeholders about best practices for grants.
Any opportunity to maximize the funding our state can receive from the federal government must be pursued on behalf of the 9 million people who call New Jersey home. A centralized office will help our state get the federal funding we deserve and save taxpayers money in the long run.
Assemblyman Christopher Tully