From Eyewitness News:
Tens of thousands of people in New Jersey are still waiting for unemployment benefits — more than a month after they should have been paid out.
“I’m a mess because I don’t have nothing,” said Bayonne resident Anette Guagliardo.
“We are in the process of selling our car to buy diapers for our daughter,” said new mom Savannah Krout.
“I don’t know how we are paying our mortgage for February 1st,” said Kristen Lopez, as she choked back tears.
Everyone that spoke to 7 On Your Side is an unhappy member of a trio of Facebook groups critical of New Jersey’s Department of Labor.
The groups are 53,000 members strong and many say they are owed at least five weeks of unemployment benefits.
“$4,052 I’m down,” said Anthony Larose.
“My husband and I are owed $6,700,” said Marguerite.
“We need answers – we need communication to plan, I have exhausted all my resources,” Lopez said.
New Jersey’s Department of Labor says more than 75,000 residents – about 5% of all claimants – had their unemployment benefits run out after December 26.
A day later, then-President Trump signed the second stimulus bill authorizing 11 more weeks of unemployment, plus an additional $300 per week– federal money to be distributed by states.
“They say they’re on top of it, but they are not,” said unemployment recipient Joanne.
And when they try to call the New Jersey Department of Labor, Kristin Baum said, “you could talk to five different people, they give you five different answers.”