NJ Assemblyman Schnall and Senator Singer Deliver $7 Million Boost to Lakewood Township

NJ State Senator Bob Singer (left) and Assemblyman Avi Schnall. (NJ State Legislature/Agudath Israel of America)

By Hamodia Staff

As a direct result of their relentless advocacy, Assemblyman Avi Schnall and Senator Bob Singer have successfully secured $7 million in state budget funds for Lakewood township. This crucial funding was secured by underscoring to legislative leaders the glaring inequities in the current municipal funding formula.

Despite being one of New Jersey’s largest municipalities, Lakewood receives the second-lowest municipal aid per capita in the state, leaving the township struggling to cover essential services, including police, fire, public works, and other critical needs.

Assemblyman Schnall has been vocal about the inequity of the existing funding formula, pointing to Lakewood, the largest municipality in his district, as a prime example of the disparities.

“Lakewood’s growth and unique needs have been persistently overlooked by the state’s municipal aid formula,” said Schnall. “This additional $7 million is a step in the right direction, but it is imperative that we reform the formula to ensure Lakewood and other similarly situated municipalities receive the aid they deserve.”

Senator Bob Singer echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the need for a more equitable distribution of state funds.

“The current system is outdated and unjust. It is our duty to correct this imbalance to provide fair support to all communities, especially those as large as Lakewood,” said Singer.

Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles expressed his gratitude and frustration: “I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Assemblyman Schnall and Senator Singer for their tireless efforts in securing this much-needed funding for Lakewood. Their dedication to our community has made a significant difference.”

While thankful for the $7 million in vital relief, the mayor stressed that it is high time the state address the root cause for Lakewood being perpetually underfunded.

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