Murphy defends his record in first major post-election appearance
In a speech to the League of Municipalities Convention, the governor cited his actions on the economy, the cost of living, the pandemic and taxes but offered no details on his next term or lame duck priorities.
NJ gains back 72% of jobs lost during COVID-19
The state added 20,000 positions back to its workforce last month, making for more than 500,000 recovered since the business closures of March and April 2020.
Lawmakers: lame duck session must tackle affordability, taxes
“I think no matter what stripe you wear, the electorate told us that affordability and also efficiency of government is essential, and things we need to be mindful of as state legislators,” Sen. Troy Singleton, D-7th District, said during Nov. 17 panel at the New Jersey League of Municipalities convention in Atlantic City.
Cannabis officials answer questions as industry takes shape
Meetings of the Cannabis Regulatory Commission have all been held virtually during the Murphy administration because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has complicated efforts to get the business off the ground.
State to release $400M in grant funding for higher education facilities
The Higher Education Capital Facilities bond programs were established by the Legislature to provide funding for the preservation, renewal and construction of facilities and equipment at the state's schools and to create a regular financing mechanism.
Business groups question Murphy’s timeline for labor shortage relief (updated)
“There were announcements of programs made, but we don’t have transparency to where that money is out on the street yet,” Michele Siekerka, who heads the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, told NJBIZ following a Nov. 16 panel at the annual New Jersey League of Municipalities convention in Atlantic City.
Biden’s $1.2T Infrastructure bill is now a reality. Here’s what it means for NJ
The state could get an estimated $6.9 billion for highways and roads, $1.1 billion for bridges, $104 million to boost its electric vehicle infrastructure, and $24.4 million for ferry service, according to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez’s office.
Senate panel OKs $25M to promote post-pandemic travel, tourism
The measure would earmark $5 million for use by state-recognized Destination Marketing Organizations to work with New Jersey's overall marketing campaign and $20 million to promote the industry in unspecified ways.
With Congress finally sending President Joe Biden the long-stalled $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and the Democratic president sure to sign it, New Jersey could receive roughly $12.3 billion to spend on a variety of projects.
Essex-Hudson Greenway to become reality with $65M investment from state
The former rail line will become a state park linking Jersey City, Secaucus, Kearny, Newark, Belleville, Bloomfield, Glen Ridge and Montclair.
Senate Dems pick Scutari to replace Sweeney in leadership post (updated)
The outgoing Senate president lost his seat in the 3rd Legislative District to commercial truck driver and Republican Ed Durr, who has never held a seat in public office and spent only a few thousand dollars on his campaign.
South Jersey port to add capacity with $9M federal grant
The expansion comes at a time when global shipping delays are stretching supply chains already weakened by the COVID-19 pandemic and as the region plans for an expanding offshore wind power sector.