On the steps of the County Courthouse Tuesday, Warren County Freeholders, mayors and Republican lawmakers rallied for Governor Phil Murphy to release the federal CARES Act money they say is rightfully theirs.
Warren, along with nine other New Jersey counties, didn't qualify for direct federal aid during the coronavirus pandemic because they have a population of fewer than 500,000 people.
Republican lawmakers said those counties were promised additional reimbursement for coronavirus-related expenses but Warren County hasn't seen any money yet. Freeholder James Kern said Warren County spent nearly $1 million to set up and run a coronavirus testing site in Franklin Township.
"It's a significant burden on our budget and we're at the point now where we have to start preparing for next year's budget," Kern said.
"There is $2 billion that New Jersey has received that Gov. Murphy is sitting on that really needs to go out to the municipalities...other states are handing out this money, Gov. Murphy seems to be squirreling it away," said State Senator Mike Doherty, (R) NJ-23.
Governor Murphy reported on Tuesday that New Jersey was giving an additional $15 million of CARES Act money to small businesses but Warren County said that isn't help for municipalities.
When 69 News reached out to the governor's office for comment, a spokesperson said they had nothing to add.