Menendez, Booker outline federal money coming to N.J. in infrastructure bill 

As President Joe Biden signs the massive infrastructure bill into law, U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez and Cory Booker outlined how the historic, $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will provide record investments in New Jersey’s aging infrastructure.

Speaking at a news conference Monday in Bloomfield, Menendez (D-N.J.) said the investments are big wins for New Jersey.

U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez, left, and Cory Booker. (File photos)

The bill, which will send billions of dollars to New Jersey in federal funding, will help the state repair roads and bridges, expand mass transit, build the Gateway Project, replace water and sewer pipes and increase broadband internet access.

“When President Biden signs this legislation into law, we will begin unleashing transformative new investments in everything from roads and railways to drinking water to electrical vehicle infrastructure and more,” Menendez said. “NJ Transit is the largest statewide transit system in America and we’re also home to the critical infrastructure that supports the busiest rail corridor in America — the Northeast Corridor. For agencies like NJ Transit, this legislation will provide access to billions of dollars over the coming years to complete major upgrades, like what’s being proposed here in Bloomfield.”

Booker (D-N.J.) said New Jerseyans can expect its roads, bridges, Superfund sites and more to see federal money coming to their aid.

“In addition to funding critical infrastructure projects, these investments will also enhance our nation’s competitiveness and position our economy for continued growth by putting more Americans to work.”

The legislation will provide an estimated $12.31 billion in guaranteed transportation and transit funding formula dollars for New Jersey over the next five years — the largest-ever investment in the state’s transportation infrastructure.

The state will also receive a minimum $100 million to expand broadband internet access. State formula funding for water and sewer infrastructure has yet to be calculated, and New Jersey can still compete for additional federal funding through other discretionary sources.

Joining Menendez and Booker in Bloomfield were New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ Transit Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti and NJ Transit CEO and President Kevin Corbett. The lawmakers highlighted NJ Transit’s modernization and improvement project at Bloomfield Rail Station, which is part of the agency’s $17 billion, five-year capital plan.

Other goals of NJ Transit include:

  • Advancing the Gateway Project (including the Portal North and South bridges and trans-Hudson rail tunnels);
  • Extending the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail into Bergen County and the West Side of Jersey City;
  • Moving to a zero-emissions bus fleet;
  • Modernizing aging train stations and rail bridges, the Newark Light Rail and Camden River Line;
  • Increasing rail capacity on several lines.

This bipartisan bill will pump billions of dollars into New Jersey’s infrastructure programs and keep our commuters and economy moving forward. The breakdown of the funding New Jersey is expected to receive is below:


  • Highways/roads: $6.88 billion-plus;
  • Bridges: $1.14 billion-plus;
  • Electric vehicles: $104 million-plus;
  • Ferry service: $24.4 million-plus.

Transit (total $4.15 billion-plus)

  • FY21: $626 million-plus;
  • FY22: $792.6 million-plus;
  • FY23: $809.7 million-plus;
  • FY24: $831.5 million-plus;
  • FY25: $849 million-plus;
  • FY26: $871.4 million-plus.


  • Minimum: $100 million.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act also includes additional funding for federal programs that will benefit New Jersey, namely:

Gateway Project

  • Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC): $30 billion;
  • Capital improvement grants supplemental appropriation: $8 billion;
  • Annual authorization: $3 billion.

(Note: Funding from these programs can be used to complete Gateway.)


  • Airport Infrastructure Grants $15 billion;
  • Airport Terminal Program $5 billion.

(Note: Funding is national over the next five years.)

Water infrastructure

  • Drinking Water State Revolving Funds $15 billion;
  • Clean Water State Revolving Funds $11.7 billion;
  • Lead Contamination in Schools $200 million;
  • PFAS Contamination Remediation $10 billion.

(Note: Funding is national over the next five years.)


  • To clean up and revitalize polluted sites: $5 billion.

(Note: New Jersey has the most Superfund sites in the nation.)

Flood resiliency

  • Flood Mitigation Assistance Grants $3.5 billion.

(Note: Funding is national over the next five years.)

Weatherization assistance

  • To reduce energy costs for homeowners: $3.5 billion.


  • To modernize and enhance our nation’s cybersecurity capabilities: $2 billion.