Here’s how much N.J. will get in coronavirus relief funds in big federal stimulus bill

The federal stimulus bill expected to clear the U.S. House on Friday will provide $3.4 billion to New Jersey to help the state cope with the coronavirus.

The allocation comes from a $150 billion relief fund for states that is included the $2 trillion package, according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, a progressive research group in Washington.

“We’re one of the hotspots in the country,” Murphy told KYW-TV Channel 3 in Philadelphia on Thursday. "We need all the help we can get.”

The amount is far short of the $100 billion that Gov. Phil Murphy and the governors of New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut said they needed among them to combat the coronavirus.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said more help could be coming.

“We’re still going to need to have more money for state and local governments, municipalities and the rest,” Pelosi said Thursday.

The award was based on population. New Jersey is the 11th most populous state, and its $3.4 billion is 11th highest.

New Jersey on Thursday reported at least 6,876 known cases of the virus, including at least 81 known deaths. Only New York has more cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

The U.S. Senate passed the stimulus bill on Wednesday and sent to the House, which is trying to clear it Friday by voice vote and allow most lawmakers to remain home and not travel to Washington. President Donald Trump has said he will sign the legislation.

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