Law Being Pushed in NJ to Help SNAP Recipients with Energy Payments

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A New Jersey state lawmaker is working on pushing a new measure that would give more assistance to residents who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as "food stamps."

State Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin discussed his plans on Thursday, February 8th, at a Statehouse news conference saying the new legislation would give every eligible household in the SNAP program a $21 energy assistance payment and would further qualify them for greater nutritional assistance.

Coughlin stated combating hunger in the state is a top priority and added the bill could help an estimated 160,000 families.

Former Governor Chris Christie vetoed the legislation in the past after it was estimated the measure would carry a cost of between $3-$7 million.

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