WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has declared that a major disaster exists in New Jersey, ordering federal assistance to the state to supplement local recovery efforts amid the coronavirus outbreak, the White House said Thursday.
The move comes a day after Trump declared that a major disaster exists in New York and four other states due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Trump also declared a major disaster declaration in Texas, Louisiana, Iowa and Florida Wednesday.
Trump's declaration frees up emergency funds that can be sent to "State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures."
Despite New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy asking for help and the Garden State having the second most COVID-19 cases in the nation, after New York, many wondered why Jersey was not included on that list.
After Trump's declaration, Murphy tweeted that he was grateful for the president, vice president and FEMA's support, "We will now have access to greater essential federal support to help us through the #COVID19 emergency."
BREAKING: We've received a Major Disaster Declaration for New Jersey.— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) March 26, 2020
We will now have access to greater essential federal support to help us through the #COVID19 emergency.
I'm grateful to @realDonaldTrump, @VP, and @fema for their support of our response & recovery efforts.
Gov. Murphy is expected to give an update at 2 p.m. Click here to watch the news conference live.
As of Wednesday afternoon, there were more than 4,400 confirmed cases in New Jersey, and 62 deaths.