Streets of Millburn’s local business district were lined with flood damaged goods as shop owners began to access and cleanup in the storm’s aftermath, on Sept. 3, 2021. EDWIN J. TORRES/ NJ GOVERNOR’S OFFICE
Sep 8, 2021

Feds rolling out SBA loans for Ida-hit NJ businesses

Enterprises and nonprofits in six counties - Bergen, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Passaic and Somerset - can borrow up to $2 million in low-interest loans that owners can use to pay for storm-damaged property and machinery, equipment, inventory, and any other physical damage they suffered.

Flood-damaged downtown Millburn in the wake of Hurricane Ida.
Sep 7, 2021

NJ poised to fully approve, roll out $10M Ida business relief Wednesday

Businesses with up to 50 employees that can demonstrate physical damage suffered from the storm can receive grants of between $1,000 and $5,000 from the NJEDA.

Typical New England or Midwest downtown main street. This street scene could be any small town U.S.A. Old brick buildings turned into small businesses, shops and cafe's.
Sep 7, 2021

NJ’s COVID recovery unequal, lagging behind much of US, reports find (updated)

The Garden State's employment level declined 6.3% since 2019, according to Pew Charitable Trusts, placing it ahead of only Rhode Island, California, Hawaii and Nevada.

Business center closed due to COVID-19, sign with sorry in door window. Stores, restaurants, offices, other public places temporarily closed during coronavirus pandemic. Economy hit by corona virus.
Sep 7, 2021

Weekly $300, other jobless aid ends over Labor Day weekend

According to the governor, continuing the payments would have cost the state $314 million per week and up to $1 billion each month.

Sep 3, 2021

Financial relief available for NJ’s small businesses impacted by Ida 

The interim assistance will provide grants up to $5,000 to storm-impacted businesses/nonprofits with up to 50 employees.

Business center closed due to COVID-19, sign with sorry in door window. Stores, restaurants, offices, other public places temporarily closed during coronavirus pandemic. Economy hit by corona virus.
Aug 31, 2021

2 more NJ Senate Dems back using federal COVID funds to prevent $250M tax hike

The increases are meant to refill the state’s unemployment trust fund, which was drained over the last year-and-a-half amid record-high joblessness and business closures stemming from the pandemic.

U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer announces plans to protect George Washington Bridge carpool toll discounts in Fort Lee near the GWB on Dec. 2, 2019
Aug 31, 2021

Gottheimer asks new NY gov to slow down congestion pricing

“New York City’s proposed congestion tax would endanger the economic recovery of the New York metropolitan region, add[ing] further expense to the already sky-high cost of commuting into New York City,” U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer wrote.

Aug 30, 2021

Murphy opting not to extend $300 weekly benefits

To continue to pay would cost the state hundreds of millions of dollars: $314 million a week, and up to $1 billion a month.

Aug 30, 2021

Murphy appoints deputy chief counsel, director of Governor’s Authorities Unit

Current Cabinet Secretary Noreen Giblin will provide oversight of the department and serve as the governor's representative to New Jersey’s various state agencies.

The North River Tunnel.
Aug 30, 2021

Gateway tunnel costs climb nearly 6% since last year

A plan submitted Aug. 27 to the Federal Transit Administration by the Gateway Development Corp., which is overseeing the construction, noted a $700 million year-over-year increase for the project, from $11.6 billion in 2020 to $12.3 billion now.

Gillian's Wonderland Pier.
Aug 30, 2021

September surge?

One of the most intensely debated unemployment benefits - the $300 weekly bonus from the federal government - is set to expire soon, along with a handful of other benefits. Business owners and conservative lawmakers argue that the lapse in added money could alleviate labor shortages, especially in the restaurant industry.

RWJBarnabas Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick
Aug 27, 2021

Biden team blocks Trump-era rules, netting NJ hospitals $150M

“At a time when New Jersey’s hospitals, doctors and nurses are still on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, the injection of millions of dollars in annual federal funding into our hospitals will help them attract and retain the best talent as well continue to provide high-quality care for New Jerseyans,” U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez said.