March 12, 2018

In Wake of Storm, Gottheimer Gives Fifth District Update On 16% Increase In Clawing Back North Jersey’s Tax Dollars from the Moocher States

WESTWOOD, N.J. — This morning, Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) announced that through his work to get a better return on investment (ROI) on the tax dollars New Jersey residents already send to Washington, the Fifth District has clawed back from the federal government $290 per household, a 16% increase from recent years. This increased ROI helped towns acquire emergency equipment like generators and trucks for responding to severe storms like Riley and Quinn.

Gottheimer highlighted town successes with the Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) excess equipment program, FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant, and DOJ’s Community Oriented Policing grant program. Through the excess equipment program, towns like Westwood and Belvidere have received electrical generators and bucket trucks that have helped clean up in the wake of recent storms. Gottheimer also noted more towns in the Fifth District are now enrolled and competing for federal resources than in years past.

Gottheimer was joined by Westwood Mayor John Birkner, Jr., Paramus Mayor Rich LaBarbiera, Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse, Fair Lawn Mayor Lisa Swain, Acting Westwood Police Chief Matthew McClutchy, and FOP Lodge 57 President and Franklin Borough Detective Sergeant Nevin Mattessich at the Westwood Department of Public Works.

“I’m proud to announce that, working together, we’ve clawed back $290 for every household in the Fifth District — a 16% increase from what we’ve historically received in Northern New Jersey to help cut our property taxes and fight back against the Moochers States. That’s $290 back to every family to help firefighters put out a blaze and law enforcement fight crime and terror and protect the children in our schools. $290 back for storm cleanup, repair, and emergency management. These are dollars that we’ve clawed back from the federal government to help offset the strain on our local budgets and property tax bills,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer.