Congressman Kim, NJ Delegation Call on FEMA to Establish a Third Federally-Backed Testing Site for COVID-19

March 27, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Kim, NJ Delegation Call on FEMA to Establish a
Third Federally-Backed Testing Site for COVID-19


WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in a letter led by Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03), the full bipartisan New Jersey congressional delegation asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to establish a third federally-backed COVID-19 testing site that would make federally provided tests available to over one million New Jersey residents who currently don’t have access, including many living in Southern New Jersey. The letter states strong support for Governor Phil Murphy’s request to FEMA for the establishment of a third testing site in New Jersey. Currently, there are two FEMA-backed testing sites in New Jersey, one in Paramus and one in Holmdel.

“It is our understanding that only individuals residing within 50 miles of each site are eligible to be tested. This leaves over one million New Jerseyans out of range from receiving a test at any federally resourced facility,” stated the delegation in the letter. “This is particularly concerning given that as of March 26, New Jersey had the second highest number of cases of any state with over 6,000 positive cases.”

“As you know, seniors are among the most vulnerable groups of people to COVID-19; approximately 8 out of 10 deaths reported in the U.S. occurred in adults aged 65 years and older. The southern region of New Jersey has numerous townships which are among the localities with the highest percentage of seniors in the entire state,” continued the delegation in the letter. “Many of these townships are currently out of the 50-mile range of both testing facilities in the state. For these reasons, we ask you for swift and fair consideration of Governor Murphy’s request for a third federally backed testing site in New Jersey.”

The letter was signed by the entire bipartisan New Jersey delegation: Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker and U.S. Representatives Donald Norcross (N.J.-01), Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.-02) Andy Kim (N.J.-03), Chris Smith (N.J.-04), Josh Gottheimer (N.J.-05), Frank Pallone, Jr. (N.J.-06), Tom Malinowski (N.J.-07), Albio Sires (N.J.-08), Bill Pascrell, Jr. (N.J.-09), Donald Payne, Jr. (N.J.-10), Mikie Sherrill (N.J.-11), and Bonnie Watson Coleman (N.J.-12).

Full text of the letter can be downloaded by PDF iconclicking here.