A Jersey City restaurant.
Jun 2, 2021

With nearly $26B for NJ businesses, window closes for federal PPP loans

An estimated 8.5 million enterprises nationwide have received funding under the Paycheck Protection Program: The SBA approved 157,405 forgivable loans totaling $17.3 billion in 2020, and 134,362 loans totaling roughly $8 billion in 2021.

From right, Gov. Phil Murphy and N.J. State Police Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan at a May 19, 2021 press appearance at Island Beach State Park.
Jun 1, 2021

Murphy cautions against ‘drunken sailor’ spending with extra cash

The state is looking at a closing balance of $6.3 billion this year thanks to $4 billion of new debt, spending freezes last year, and surges in consumer spending driven by pent-up demand following a year of COVID-19 closures.

Aerial panorama of Trenton New Jersey skyline
Jun 1, 2021

After 2 years offline, NJ reopens applications for real estate incentives

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority greenlit a state incentive for residential developers, under one of a dozen programs meant to lift the state out of the COVID-19 recession.

Black male holding open sign and looking out at the glass of the door. African American cafe man owner with face mask reopening after pandemic virus. Startup small business after Covid-19 quarantine.
May 31, 2021

Yes, we’re open

Between the start of Memorial Day weekend through June 4, most of New Jersey’s COVID-19 business restrictions were rolled back for vaccinated people, allowing an almost complete return to pre-pandemic operations. The move was hailed by business groups, who contend that the rules constituted a drag on the state’s economy. But public health experts remain cautious about whether the state is read[...]

Masks will be required for patrons over 2 years of age when Six Flags Great Adventure reopens in July.
May 28, 2021

Masks, social distancing mandates lifted Friday

The new rules follow an honor system - fully vaccinated patrons do not have to wear a mask while indoors, but those without the vaccine still must wear them.

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May 27, 2021

Applications open for $1.1B corporate tax break program

Gov. Phil Murphy said NJ Emerge, which is meant to incentivize employers to remain in the state or set up shop here, “has become even more important as we begin our recovery from the economic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

May 27, 2021

Despite reopenings, Memorial Day travel still not likely to hit pre-COVID levels

About 37 million Americans are expected to travel this holiday weekend, up from 23 million in 2020, according to the American Automobile Association.

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.
May 27, 2021

State lets businesses pre-register for $200M in upcoming COVID relief

Gov. Phil Murphy and several top state lawmakers announced their intention to approve this latest stimulus round as companies embark on reopenings coming out of 15 months of pandemic closures and restrictions.

New Jersey Commissioner for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development Robert Asaro-Angelo at Gov. Phil Murphy's daily COVID-19 press briefing at the War Memorial in Trenton on May 21, 2020.
May 26, 2021

Top labor official: ‘Zero evidence’ tying $300 bonuses to labor shortage

Business owners say they’ve struggled to find an adequate workforce as the nation weans off of pandemic closures meant to keep the virus at bay. Those restrictions have been lifted as more than half of the nation gets fully vaccinated.

Young people with face masks back at work in office after coronavirus quarantine and lockdown, talking.
May 26, 2021

Murphy lifting mandate on remote work, masks in offices

“We encourage all employers to do the right things for their specific workplaces,” the governor said. “While we are rescinding some requirements, that doesn’t mean we don’t expect you to be flexible and to work with employees — particularly those who are juggling family obligations such as child care.”

Gov. Phill Murphy holds his daily COVID-19 briefing in Trenton on June 9, 2020.
May 25, 2021

Murphy ‘cautiously optimistic’ NJ can reach June vaccine goals

The governor expressed anxiety over whether the state can fully vaccinate 4.7 million adults by June 30. "It’s going to be close. I think we got a real shot,” he said during a radio appearance on WFAN’s “Moose and Maggie Show.”

The Jersey City skyline from the Liberty State Park
May 25, 2021

Jersey City presses state for fix to local business payroll tax

The city has little in the way of its ability to enforce the levy, or to gauge who is paying, said Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. The solution, he said, would instead be for the state to collect those taxes and send them directly to the city.