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Author Archives: Daniel J. Munoz

Getting healthy (access required)

The worst of the COVID-19 second wave will hit New Jersey through early February, and the vaccines are likely to be available to the general public by April or May. The summer of 2021 could very much represent a return to some semblance of normalcy. But how robust will the recovery be?

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Politics unusual (access required)

The 2020 presidential election was widely regarded as historic and unprecedented. COVID-19 and mass social distancing prompted tens of millions of voters across the nation to cast mail-in ballots rather than showing up in person at the polls. With hundreds of thousands of Americans dead, a total loss of normal routines and peace of mind, and some of the worst economic conditions since the Great Depression, the pandemic and its effects were front and center during the campaign.

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Holding the line (access required)

Going into 2020, the deck was hot for New Jersey’s nine casinos, three racetracks and dozens of online gambling and sports-betting outlets. Then COVID-19 closed the gaming halls for more than three months. Now, they’re limited to 25% capacity. Meanwhile, restrictions on indoor dining and indoor gatherings have eaten into revenues. Gov. Phil Murphy has maintained the restrictions, even if not tightened, will not be loosened any time in the near future.

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