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Gov. Phil Murphy crosses the field at SHI stadium at Rutgers University in Piscataway where he delivered his revised Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Address on Aug. 25, 2020.

Thirty days and counting (access required)

The setting for the governor’s budget address – SHI Stadium on Rutgers' Piscataway campus – was fittingly unusual given the circumstances and compressed time frame Murphy and the Legislature face in crafting a spending plan, which leaves them operating in a more compressed time frame than usual leading up to Oct. 1.

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NJ drivers to see gas tax go up this October amid record drop in travel (access required)

Under a law enacted in 2016 under then-Gov. Chris Christie, the levy contains a “specific formula to ensure that [gas] revenue is meeting a certain target. When it does not, the gas tax rate has to be adjusted accordingly," State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio said in a statement announcing the uptick, adding that changes in the rate "are dictated by several factors that are beyond the control of the administration.”

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Gov. Phil Murphy delivers his revised Fiscal Year 2021 budget address at SHI Stadium at Rutgers University in Piscataway on Aug. 25, 2020.

NJ to sign onto federal $300 unemployment stimulus (updated) (access required)

According to New Jersey Commissioner for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development Robert Asaro-Angelo, the state’s application to participate with the program will likely be submitted and approved in a matter of days, but checks could take much longer to come through.


“It will not be easy or quick to get this additional money into the pockets of those who need it most,” he said.

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