Trump Budget Cuts Could Leave Poor NJ Residents in the Cold

Next winter may be colder and more expensive for hundreds of thousands of low-income residents in New Jersey.

The proposed budget put forward by President Donald Trump last month eliminates funding for the popular Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which provides financial help to needy families to pay utility bills.

If Congress signs off on the cuts, it would slash $140 million in federal funding targeted to the state, which would assist with paying energy bills to 300,000 households that qualify for the program, according to the fiscal year 2018 budget of Gov. Chris Christie. Typically, the assistance averages about $350.

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