Parking space restaurant seating in Jersey City.
May 21, 2021

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."

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.
May 20, 2021

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 Speaker Craig Coughlin kicks off the 2020 State of the State address on Jan. 14, 2020 in Trenton.
May 20, 2021

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.

Gov. Phil Murphy, left, and vintner Louis Caracciolo examine the grape crops at Caracciolo's Amalthea Cellars Farm Winery in Atco.
May 19, 2021

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.

Gov. Phil Murphy approves legislation to create $15 million arts and culture COVID-19 relief program on April 8, 2021, in Long Branch.
May 19, 2021

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.

Montclair’s outdoor dining scene. - PAULINE HEANEY/MONTCLAIR CENTER
May 19, 2021

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.

May 19, 2021

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.

May 18, 2021

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.

Gov. Chris Christie speaks at the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey’s A Governor’s Perspective event April 17, 2019, in Woodbridge.
May 18, 2021

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.

May 18, 2021

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.

The New Jersey statehouse in Trenton.
May 18, 2021

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.

May 17, 2021

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.