WASHINGTON – New Jersey members of Congress, led by U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez both D-NJ, and Rep. Frank LoBiondo R-NJ2 today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez advocating for the 6,500 hardworking New Jerseyans affected by the closures of the Revel, Showboat, and Trump Plaza casinos in Atlantic City.

Reps. Donald Norcross D-NJ1, Frank Pallone D-NJ6, Rush Holt D-NJ12, Donald Payne Jr. D-NJ10, Albio Sires D-NJ8, Bill Pascrell D-NJ9, Chris Smith R-NJ4, and Jon Runyan R-NJ3 also joined in the letter urging Secretary Perez to support the Atlantic City Re-Employment Initiative, a National Emergency Grant (NEG) proposal filed by the State of New Jersey which would fund employer-driven training programs and help affected workers learn new skills that are in demand.

In the letter Sens. Booker, Menendez and the Reps. wrote:

“We strongly support the plan put forward by the New Jersey Division of Labor and Workforce Development and are confident that, in coordination with the local workforce investment board, this funding will be utilized to increase occupational skills and reemploy these workers. We urge your urgent and expedited attention to this proposal, as thousands of New Jersey families are in need.”

The signed letter can be viewed here.