Puerto Rican aid meeting held in Jersey City

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Puerto Ricans in New Jersey and Gov. Phil Murphy's administration are joining forces to support people still struggling in Puerto Rico.

Residents attended a meeting at the CityLine church in Jersey City to find out how they can help those who were impacted by Hurricane Maria.

"This is probably a very dark time for our beloved island," said Mayor Michael Soriano (D-Parsipanny.) "But we're going to get through this. Not just as Puerto Ricanios gathering together and helping us out, but with the help of our friends and our family members."

New Jersey's Commission on Puerto Rico Relief seeks to connect some of the 30,000 Puerto Ricans who sought shelter from the storm in the state and family members of those still in need.

"The hurricane situation has just brought more to light the different issues that people do go through daily," said Arlene Pacheco of Jersey City. "We kind of ignore them, but now we have to face with them and deal with them now.

The commission seeks to discover how New Jersey can help through state government, utilities and colleges.

Their report goes to Gov. Murphy in May.

The commission will meet in Camden on Monday. That meeting will be only for stakeholders and elected officials.

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