In the wake of the recent attacks by Hamas in Israel, Assemblyman Ned Thomson says he will introduce a crucial bill that will establish a dedicated Emergency Return Reimbursement Fund to aid New Jersey residents in their emergency return from Israel.
Assemblyman Thomson’s proposed legislation aims to alleviate the financial burden and logistical challenges faced by New Jersey citizens who have had to abruptly cut short their stays in Israel due to the security situation.
Due to many airlines indefinitely canceling flights in or out of the region’s airports, thousands of New Jersey residents who were visiting Israel have found themselves unable to return safely home. With commercial air traffic severely limited, the U.S. government arranged for charter flights and ships to assist in helping people evacuate the area.
However, these arrangements only provide transportation to locations in Europe without arrangements for lodging or transportation back to the United States. Additionally, the U.S. government has heartlessly required individuals to agree to reimburse the federal government for the cost of this potentially life-saving transportation. This situation has created a significant financial burden for our affected citizens during an already challenging time.
As such, Assemblyman Thomson’s bill will cover all reasonable and necessary expenses related to resident’s emergency return, including airfare, accommodations, and other essential costs.
“Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our citizens. The recent attacks by Hamas in Israel have put many of our fellow New Jerseyans in a difficult and unexpected situation. This fund is a tangible way for us to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to their safety and support during this challenging time,” Assemblyman Thomson emphasized in a statement.
The bill’s introduction is part of Assemblyman Thomson’s commitment to addressing the immediate needs of New Jersey residents affected by the October 7th terror attacks.
By establishing the Emergency Return Reimbursement Fund, Assemblyman Thomson is showing the state’s dedication to assisting its citizens in times of crisis and uncertainty.
The bill will be reviewed and considered by the New Jersey State Assembly in the coming weeks. Thomson added that he is eager to see it enacted into law as soon as possible.