NJ Gov. Murphy gets accused of improperly giving COVID-relief funds to illegal aliens

Breitbart News reports that New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) is being accused of improperly giving $10 million in coronavirus relief funds that were intended for Americans to the state’s illegal aliens. 

The accusation comes from New Jersey’s nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services (OLS). The accusation was made in an email that the OLS sent to New Jersey legislators on Wednesday.

Background

The accusation has to do with a $10 million transfer that New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs made in April to the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund.

This is the fund that was created last year to provide assistance for the state’s nearly half a million illegal immigrant population during the coronavirus pandemic. What the fund does is give eligible illegal immigrants stimulus checks of $1,000 to $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for families.

The $10 million came from the money that New Jersey received from the federal government via the American Rescue Plan.

The OLS’s accusation

The OLS alleges that the $10 million transfer “appears to violate the rules established” in the appropriations act.

This act sets aside roughly $200 million, of the federal coronavirus funds that New Jersey received, that Murphy can spend on pandemic-related programs without needing legislative approval. The act, though, specifically states that Murphy is not allowed to give more than $10 million to each eligible program.

The problem is that the $10 million transfer that Murphy made to the Excluded New Jerseyans Fund was the second of its kind. One took place on April 18 and the other on April 29.

“The administration’s interpretation”

Murphy’s office maintains that it has not violated the appropriation act.

“Each allocation from the Governor’s $200 million set aside is made in allocations of $10 million or less, in accordance with the administration’s interpretation of budget language,” Murphy’s office said. “The Excluded New Jerseyans Fund has been expanded through a series of programmatic phases, each of which has been announced publicly.”

We’ll have to see if New Jersey lawmakers agree.

Republican state lawmakers have already made it clear that they do not. State Democrats, however, have yet to put out a statement indicating where they stand on this issue.

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