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Hiring help

When the Murphy administration said the state would subsidize some $500 hiring bonuses and offer $10,000 to employers for training new workers, some of the state’s largest business groups hailed the program as a major step toward stemming the months-long labor shortages. But some employers are less optimistic.

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Gov. Phil Murphy and former state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli at the gubernatorial debate at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Sept. 28, 2021.

Status quo

While the first 2021 New Jersey gubernatorial debate was light on details about the direction of the state's economy, and the state of its business climate, the event still left business groups somewhat confident and assured because of a key promise made by the incumbent Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy: no new taxes.

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