N.J. Congressional Delegation Asks Trump To Extend National Guard Deployment
New Jersey Globe
May 21, 2020
To help New Jersey help with the response to the coronavirus pandemic, the New Jersey congressional delegation want President Donald Trump to extend the deployment of the New Jersey National Guard beyond the June 24 deadline.
Earlier this week, Gov. Phil Murphy asked the Trump administration to extend more than 1,000 Guardsmen and women in New Jersey.
The delegation letter was organized by Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton), one of three New Jersey House members on the Armed Service Committee.
“Since the pandemic began, more than a thousand of these professionals have put their lives on the line in our state, working every day to help New Jerseyans fight back against this virus,” the delegation wrote in a letter to Trump, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Peter Gaynor. “New Jersey still needs their help.”
The New Jersey senators and House members also expressed concern that “thousands of Guard members may not receive their hard-earned retirement or education benefits if their deployments fall even one day short of the 90-day service requirement.”