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Lawmakers advance bill to end public health emergency, preserve gov’s powers

The legislation keeps in place 14 separate executive orders signed since the onset of the pandemic, keeping in effect a variety of powers granted to Gov. Phil Murphy including regarding moratoriums for evictions and utility shut-offs, hospital data-sharing on COVID-19 numbers, face-covering mandates, heightened workplace safety standards, and vaccines.

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Get back

The worker shortage is a nationwide problem, with business and labor groups at odds over its causes, but it could be particularly acute in New Jersey as the state gears up for the summer tourism season. Economical health here depends on tens of millions of visitors flocking to the beaches, and serving and lodging those people requires a huge workforce.

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Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy receive the first dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine on on April 9, 2021.

Hard to herd

In the first stages of the vaccine rollout, hundreds of millions of Americans struggled to get a shot, waiting in virtual and physical queues for weeks or months. Now, interest has plateaued with most of those who want a vaccine able to get one.

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