President Trump: NJ Transit will receive $1.4 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds

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NJ Transit is slated to receive $1.4 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds, specifically from the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, President Donald Trump (R) announced.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“I am proud to announce that @NJTransit will receive $1.4B in CARES Act funding to assist in their continued operations and to keep people moving in the NY/NJ area! The LARGEST single Federal transit grant to New Jersey Transit ever. Together, we will prevail!,” Trump tweeted earlier today.

Less than an hour ago, Gov. Phil Murphy (D) expressed excitement when reacting to the news, thanking Trump for his efforts.

“Just received a call from President@realDonaldTrump, who informed me about this critical federal support. This funding will help keep our trains and buses running and continue the improvements we’ve made to @NJTRANSIT. Thank you, Mr. President!”

Murphy, despite have a rocky relationship with Trump in the past and endorsing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden for president yesterday, the New Jersey governor paid a visit to the White House last month and asked Trump for $20 to $30 billion in federal assistance.

The president did not make any sort of relief commitment, but was steadfast in his praise of Murphy for the way he’s handled the coronavirus crisis.

Back in March, Trump made a major disaster declaration for New Jersey, allowing them to maximize federal assistance opportunities.

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