Aug 20, 2021

McWhite appointed D&I director for NJCRC

Wesley McWhite III will lead the Cannabis Regulatory Commission’s office in charge of establishing and administering practices and procedures to bring socially and economically disadvantaged New Jerseyans into the state's medical and adult use cannabis industries.

Mercer County Community College (MCCC) in West Windsor, New Jersey is now accepting registrations for its new Medical Cannabis Training Course which will be offered Monday nights beginning January 25 on the Zoom conferencing platform. Taught by industry professionals, the course is intended to ready students for entry-level careers in the highly regulated medical cannabis industry in the state of New Jersey. For more information visit www.mccc.edu/healthprof.
Aug 19, 2021

Cannabis Regulatory Commission releases initial rules

After an hour of delays attributed to technical difficulties, the group convened in a public meeting in front of nearly 1,000 New Jerseyans to lay out the groundwork paving the way for the state's adult use industry, which included the prioritization of social equity, diversely owned and impact zone businesses; easing access to the market for entrepreneurs; working with municipal partners; and lay[...]

Absecon Inlet in Atlantic City.
Aug 19, 2021

NJ, feds would spend $16B for massive floodgates, home elevations along shore

Under the plan, three bays in the state could be closed during major storms and barriers at two additional ones would be created to cut them in half during major weather events.

Aug 18, 2021

Cannabis, COVID-19 most heavily-lobbied issues last year

The number of “contacts” - ranging from sit-down meetings to mass emails - made between lawmakers and special interest groups numbered 16,415, with the largest percentage - 12%, or 2,033 - related to the pandemic.

The letters tax on a calculator surrounded by money.
Aug 18, 2021

NJ can’t use federal COVID funds to prevent unemployment tax hike until next year

A spokesperson for Gov. Phil Murphy’s office said that the rates for employers were set into law when Murphy approved a bill in January to space out payments, “making any contribution of federal funds irrelevant in the current fiscal year.”

Governor Phil Murphy’s 2020 Budget Address, Trenton, Feb. 25, 2020.
Aug 18, 2021

Murphy holds 16-point lead over Ciattarelli in latest poll (updated)

“Welcome to New Jersey elections, where a large chunk of the electorate does not tune in until mid-October,” Patrick Murray, who heads the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said of results released on Aug. 18 . “That means Ciattarelli still has to be introduced to most voters.”

Newark, NJ
Aug 17, 2021

NJ revises its oldest business incentives

Under an expansion and revival of the Urban Enterprise Zone program, first established in 1983, the state will set aside $42.5 million through the end of June 2022 for grants, tax breaks, revolving loans and other support for businesses that open in some of the state’s most impoverished communities.

The Senate Reorganization meeting in Trenton on Jan. 14, 2020.
Aug 16, 2021

Bill gains bipartisan backing for federal COVID funds to prevent $250M tax hike (updated)

Two South Jersey Democratic state senators are signing on to a mostly Republican-led effort to use American Rescue Plan money to prevent an increase in N.J. employers' unemployment levy.

Aerial panorama of Trenton New Jersey skyline
Aug 16, 2021

After 2 years offline, NJ reopens apps for key development incentives

The Economic Redevelopment and Growth gap financing program will compensate developers for up to 30% of project costs - or 40% in Atlantic City, Camden, Paterson, Passaic and Trenton - for retail, office, or industrial projects that are at least 100,000 square feet.

Termination Silhouettes Human Employee Workers
Aug 16, 2021

NJ businesses hit with $250M unemployment tax hike

Spread over three years, the first increase - meant to replenish the state's unemployment fund after more than 2 million people filed jobless claims over the past 17 months - takes effect on Oct. 1. All told, employers could be on the hook for nearly $1 billion.

Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - May 8 2012: New Jersey Transit commuter trains and platform at the Erie Lackawanna rail terminal in Hoboken New Jersey
Aug 16, 2021

The road ahead

New Jersey supporters say the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package moving through Congress could bring billions of dollars for the state’s crumbling roads, bridges, rails and tunnels. But many on the transportation side contend the historic infusion of cash means public leaders need to take a hard look at how citizens get around.

U.S. Reps. Josh Gottheimer and Bills Pascrell on April 9, 2021, in Fort Lee to fight back against New York’s proposed congestion tax targeting Jersey drivers.
Aug 11, 2021

NJ leaders try carrots, sticks with new NY gov on congestion pricing

Public leaders are looking at ways to stave off a hit to Garden State commuters that U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer estimates could bump up costs to $31 a day for drivers.