TRENTON - New Jersey’s lawmakers are urging the state’s low-income and working families to apply for tax credits that could get them thousands from the federal government.

New Jersey state senators joined with anti-poverty groups to announce that more than 280,000 New Jersey families qualify after Gov. Chris Christie increased the “earned income tax credit.”

“This money is literally sitting in Washington, D.C. and billions of dollars come back to the state of New Jersey if we can get people to apply,” says state Sen. Shirley Turner. “So many people who are eligible are not aware of the program.”

Anyone wishing to see if they quality should head to http://www.unitedway.org/myfreetaxes