Nov 18, 2021

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.

New Jersey First Lady Tammy Murphy and U.S. Second Gentlemen Doug Emhoff grab lunch at Top’s Diner on Oct. 19, 2021
Nov 18, 2021

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.

Nov 17, 2021

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.

Hand Holding Big Cannabis Bud. Medical Marijuana
Nov 17, 2021

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.

Stevens maintains a suburban campus setting despite being in Hoboken.
Nov 16, 2021

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.

Gov. Phil Murphy, First Lady Tammy Murphy, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver and the governor's three children in Asbury Park on election night, Nov. 2, 2021.
Nov 16, 2021

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.

Nov 16, 2021

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.

The Atlantic City Boardwalk. (Aaron Houston / NJBIZ)
Nov 15, 2021

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.

“If you shut down all passenger service on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor,” President Joe Biden said in May, “you’d have to add seven new lanes of highway on [Interstate 95].”
Nov 15, 2021

‘Game changer’

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.

Nov 12, 2021

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.

NJ State Sen. Nicholas Scutari.
Nov 12, 2021

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.

Nov 10, 2021

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.