Mayor Ra Baraka announces the NWK FAM Fund (Newark 40 Acres and a Mule Fund) Sept. 27, 2020 at Newark City Hall. - CITY OF NEWARK
Sep 10, 2021

Newark to dole out $2M in additional funds to small businesses

The Newark Emergency Small Business Grant Fund was created in March 2020 at the start of the pandemic to support the city's impacted enterprises. The program's latest round, its fourth, offers up to $15,000 for eligible companies.

Sep 10, 2021

Biden’s vaccine mandate could affect 1.4M NJ workers

Under the White House policy, part of a six-point plan to control the pandemic, companies would be required to provide paid sick time to recover from side effects of the COVID-19 shot, and employees that do not get inoculated would face weekly testing.

A Lyft driver and passenger. -LYFT
Sep 9, 2021

NJ partners with Uber, Lyft on rides for those who lost transportation due to Ida

For the next two weeks, state residents that suffered the loss of a vehicle can text NJIDARIDE to 898-211 to request a ride. Those without access to a smartphone can dial 2-1-1, the hotline for the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, from any phone line.

New York City traffic.
Sep 9, 2021

NY’s Hochul comes out for congestion pricing plan

The newly sworn-in governor of the Empire State, who is interested in the “shortest timetable we can follow," says collected proceeds will be used to finance sorely needed major upgrades to New York City’s sprawling subway system.

Flood-damaged downtown Millburn following Hurricane Ida in September 2021.
Sep 8, 2021

NJ expects to open applications next week for $10.5M of hurricane biz relief (updated)

This is the first in a massive wave of financial assistance for businesses as they rebound from Ida, which dumped record levels of rain across the Garden State last week.

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.