LoBiondo and Booker urge feds to help Atlantic City

U.S. Representative Frank LoBiondo of Atlantic County has joined with U.S. Sen. Corey Booker and other members of Congress in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, asking Perez to support New Jersey’s application for emergency assistance related to job losses from this year’s Atlantic City casino closings.

Lobiondo spokesman Jason Galanes said mass layoffs can qualify a region for emergency federal assistance. And with the expected closing of Trump Taj Mahal, the total number of layoffs related to casino shutdowns in New Jersey could come in at around 10,000.

Galanes said LoBiondo and the other members of Congress are hoping for a quick response.

“We feel pretty comfortable about the application,” Galanes said. “This has been very coordinated.”

The application requests $29 million from the Department of Labor to supplement existing state and federal programs. According to the application, the money would be used for programs catering to the displaced workers including career counseling, education in job-search skills and job training.

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This post is part of our South Jersey Politics Blog.

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