NEWARK - A $20 million federal grant will allow for 78 police officers to return to work in cities across the state. The state's most crime-plagued communities will benefit the most from the rehires. Newark will receive just over $6 million to put 25 officers back on the street, while Camden will receive $3.7 million to rehire 14 officers. Irvington will receive $2 million to take on eight officers.

New Brunswick will rehire seven officers, while five officers will be back on the job in Asbury Park. The grants cover salaries and benefits for three years.

In response to the grants, Newark Mayor Cory Booker tweeted, "Hallelujah! Newark just won a COPS grant. I'm grateful to all who helped make this happen." Cory Booker on Twitter