Assembly approves tax breaks, $235M in grants for COVID-hit businesses
“Small businesses are the backbone of New Jersey’s economy and assisting them as we reopen our state is paramount," reads a joint statement from 14 Democratic sponsors in the state Assembly. "We need to bolster our small business community in every way possible."
NJ job gains stall in April amid national labor shortage
The state added just 3,500 private sector jobs last month, compared to the 20,800 jobs added in March, according to the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development. For April, the state unemployment rate was 7.5%, compared to 7.6% in March, 7.8% in February and January, and 7.7% in December.
Assembly vote pulled on bill ending COVID public health emergency
The legislation, which has the support of both Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin and Senate President Stephen Sweeney, would keep in place 14 separate executive orders Murphy has signed since the onset of the pandemic.
NJ offering free wine to get COVID vaccine this month
First beer, now wine, free state park passes and you could even win a private dinner with the Murphys--just some of the incentives of “Operation Jersey Summer,” meant to fully vaccinate 4.7 million - representing 70% of the state’s adult population - by the end of next month.
Assembly committee approves $235M in business COVID-relief grants
A package of bills to assist microbusinesses, child care providers, restaurants, bars, other food and beverage establishments, businesses and nonprofits, startups, and the “Sustain and Serve NJ” program, which effectively pays restaurants to prepare meals for some of the state’s most in-need residents, will be administered by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.
NJ reopening: Masks still here, but COVID capacity restrictions ending
New Jersey is embarking on what Gov. Phil Murphy has described as the “most aggressive” reopening measures taken in the pandemic thus far on Wednesday. Here's what that means.
Lawmakers advance bill to end public health emergency, preserve gov’s powers
The legislation keeps in place 14 separate executive orders signed since the onset of the pandemic, keeping in effect a variety of powers granted to Gov. Phil Murphy including regarding moratoriums for evictions and utility shut-offs, hospital data-sharing on COVID-19 numbers, face-covering mandates, heightened workplace safety standards, and vaccines.
NJ spending $1M for offshore wind college courses, training
The goal of the “NJ Wind Turbine Tech Training Challenge” is to put up the money for a community college to develop and roll out a program that could address the labor “gap” for the sector, fueled by the lack of any relevant training program.
Poll: Christie still NJ’s least popular gov, and few want him as president
The Republican has held the title since the final days of his term in 2017. He ran for his party's presidential nomination in 2015 and 2016, but dropped out early in the 2016 primaries following dismal campaign.
HUD announces New Jersey to receive 1,595 emergency housing vouchers
The funding will provide communities with the resources to give homes to the people who have had to endure the COVID-19 pandemic without one.
Murphy team explores how to spend $6.4B in COVID funds following new rules
Treasury officials are gauging how to use federal COVID-relief funds to pay back some of the state’s most expensive debt, following guidance from the Biden administration that could specifically prohibit the practice.
NJ lifts COVID travel restrictions, quarantine rules
The new rules go into effect immediately and mirror similar guidelines put out by the CDC that fully vaccinated people can freely travel across the nation without testing or self-quarantine.