The recently signed Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 reinstituted the congressionally directed spending process, also referred to as earmarks. The Act authorized $9 billion for earmarks for state and local projects. New Jersey’s senators and congressional delegation have begun the solicitation from local officials for direct spending request for FY 2023.
The Fiscal Year 2023 Congressionally Directed Spending application process for US Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker is open. The application deadline for both senators is April 20. In addition, Senator Booker has a helpful FAQ page.
The application process for New Jersey’s House members is also open. Representatives Gottheimer, Kim, Malinowski, Norcross, Pallone, Pascrell, Payne, Sires, Sherrill, and Watson Coleman have posted instructions and applications on their websites with varying deadlines, mostly by mid-April. If your member is not listed, we would encourage you to reach out to their office directly.
If you have a project that would benefit from funding, we encourage you to apply to each senator and your House member separately. As a reminder, House members can request up to 15 projects and the senators have wider latitude in the number of project requests. Both the Senate and House members must attest that they do not have a financial interest in the projects. Only a small fraction of applications receive funding.
In FY22, a sampling of New Jersey municipal projects that received funding included:
- $2,200,000 for Bound Brook to create a pedestrian plaza in the Borough’s downtown district.
- $898,257 for Clinton Town to replace the West Main Street water main.
- $250,000 to Jersey City for the integration and career advancement program
- $251,000 to Leona for strengthening public safety communications.
- $8,000,000 to Newark to create and preserve affordable housing in Newark residents with household incomes at or below 30% of Area Median Income.
- $413,000 for Penns Grove to repair and repurpose the Borough’s community center and eliminate blight in the community.
- $30,000 for Stafford Township Police Department to expand the Proactive Outreach In Needs and Treatment program to include Barnegat Township.
- $677,000 to Stanhope for water main replacement on Sunset Avenue.
- $100,000 for Sussex Borough to purchase equipment to detect water leaks through the system and to repair them.
- $1,000,000 to Trenton for mixed-use recreational facility.
- $500,000 to Union City to purchase a site and develop a new active recreational complex on the site.
- $398,000 to Wharton for sanitary sewer system study and rehabilitation.
- $1,000,000 to Woodbridge for Cypress Park.
Contact: Paul Penna, Senior Legislative Analyst, firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-695-3481, x110.