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From left, Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli listens as incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, speaks during a gubernatorial debate at Rowan University's Pfleeger Concert Hall on Oct. 12, 2021, in Glassboro

Murphy, Ciattarelli spar at final debate

The second and last meeting ahead of November's election remained scant on details for the state’s business and economic climate, with both gubernatorial candidates being prodded several times by moderators to answer the question being asked to them: former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli, for example, on what he would cut from the “bloated” state budget, and Gov. Phil Murphy on the cost of his 2050 clean energy goals.

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Catering prepared at Benares during the pandemic. - BENARES NJ

Over 2K employers seek state subsidies for hiring bonuses, training wages

The Return & Earn program is meant to alleviate months of hiring shortages businesses in retail, dining, leisure and hospitality have suffered since the early spring. Gov. Phil Murphy said he is confident in the plan, offering the “magic” of “both cash on the barrel” and “up to $10,000 for the small business to train and upskill that employee” to work in a new and better-paying industry.

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