TRENTON – Project Veritas has released a second hidden camera video of Gov. Phil Murphy’s campaign aides, this time discussing helping unauthorized immigrants – without revealing anything that hasn’t already been made public or recognized by Murphy.
In a video, Senior Hispanic Outreach Campaign Advisor Wendy Martinez is shown saying that $ 40 million in pandemic aid is allocated to immigrants not legally in the country, but that “refer to that at this point would be political suicide “.
Murphy has often discussed funding, and his administration’s social services department said in a press release Wednesday morning, hours before the video was released, that applications were now being accepted. He announced the launch of the fund’s website two weeks ago.
In the video, Martinez says immigrant advocacy groups are now asking for more funding, but Murphy won’t talk about it until after he’s been elected. But Murphy has already expressed support for this, including as recently as last week.
“I still hope we can find more money for undocumented migrants. I maintain it, ”he said. “We’ve been successful in raising $ 40 million, and I know there are a lot of lawmakers who want to work with us to find more, and I continue to be more than open about this, and if any legislation comes, my way without getting – obviously the heck is in the details, but conceptually, this is something I would support, and I still expect it to happen.
A second campaign aide, Matthew Urquijo, head of digital organization for the Democrats’ Coordinated Campaign, said he believed “there will definitely be” more help for unauthorized immigrants after winning over Democratic seats in the Legislative Assembly.
The Exluded New Jerseyans Fund provides one-time payments of $ 1,000 per person or $ 2,000 per household to applicants who did not receive federal stimulus or unemployment assistance during the pandemic, have incomes below 55,000 $, live in New Jersey and are at least 18 years old.
The application form was uploaded on Wednesday. It is estimated that it would take 30 to 60 minutes to complete and upload the required documentation. The money should arrive two to three weeks later. Requests will be processed in the order they are received, while funds are exhausted.
“Eligible people can now apply for the New Jersey Excluded Fund and begin the process to get this essential help,” Acting Social Services Commissioner Sarah Adelman said. “If you haven’t received federal stimulus checks and pandemic unemployment assistance, you may be eligible. If you’ve been affected by COVID and struggled to pay for your basic needs, including housing, you may be eligible. Visit our website, find out if you are eligible and apply today.
Senator Michael Doherty, R-Warren, said the money should be spent on other state needs.
“This is another glaring example of Murphy’s misplaced priorities,” Doherty said. “It is raising taxes this month on struggling small businesses at the same time it is handing out millions to people who broke the law.”
Unemployment taxes paid by businesses rose this month – although they would have increased a lot more, except for a law passed by Murphy and the legislature that flaunted the impact caused by an unemployment fund depleted which currently owes the federal government $ 560 million.
Republicans and business groups have said Murphy should have poured federal COVID recovery money into the unemployment fund, although the way the law enacted earlier this year was written, that would not have prevented the increase. This will matter when the next tax hike is calculated, starting next October.
Republicans said the legislature could have passed legislation to change that formula, although it hasn’t sat since June. He is expected to return after the elections.
Michael Symons is the State House bureau chief for New Jersey 101.5. Contact him at [email protected].
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