Local boy made good, Jon Bon Jovi, is never one to shy away from a challenge -- especially when it comes to making sure New Jerseyans have got a good hot meal in their stomachs. Billboard reported that the singer's Red Bank, New Jersey restaurant JBJ Soul Kitchen teamed up with the Phil and Tammy Murphy Family Foundation to offer up free meals yesterday (January 21st) between 12 noon and 2 p.m. during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to government workers on furlough during the ongoing partial government shutdown
Bon Jovi and his wife Dorothea posted on Facebook: "Since founding the Soul Kitchen, we wanted to ensure that anyone struggling with food insecurity had a place to go. This Monday, we will be open for lunch as a way to create a place of support and resources for furloughed federal workers, many of whom are our friends and neighbors. . . In line with our mission, Federal workers are encouraged to join us for a delicious meal and to learn about additional support and resources available in our community."
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and wife Tammy said in a separate statement: "Too many working families in New Jersey struggle to make ends meet every day, and just one missed paycheck can mean financial catastrophe. We are committed to doing everything we can to help hard-working federal employees, who have now been out of work a full month, through this prolonged and meaningless shutdown. Until this shutdown ends, it is incumbent upon all of us to help our fellow New Jerseyans through this difficult time."