N.J. politicians rally in support of 9/11 first responders act

N.J. politicians rally in support of 9/11 first responders act

By:  Marisa Iati
NJ Advance Media

Federal and state leaders gathered at the fire department Monday to implore Congress to reauthorize legislation that gives health benefits to Sept. 11 first responders.

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), one of the bill's original sponsors, told about 80 people gathered outside the firehouse that the law reassures first responders their compensation will last.

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act reimburses first responders who contracted health issues after Sept. 11, 2001. The legislation expired Sept. 30, but there is enough money to continue funding the program for months...

...Menendez told the crowd Monday morning that Congress should send a clear message to first responders that Americans stand with them.

"I know any one of these men and women, if, God forbid, tomorrow we had such a tragedy again, they would respond, not thinking that the Congress didn't act in the case of the 9/11 emergency responders," Menendez said.

"But wouldn't it be nice to give them and their families the piece of mind of knowing that when they respond, we will have their back, as they have our back."

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