Gov. Phil Murphy signs legislation allocating $750 million in funding for eviction prevention assistance and utility assistance, joined by U.S. Rep. Albio Sires, Union City Mayor and Sen. Brian Stack, Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake and Latino Action Network Housing Committee Chair Frank Argote-Freyre in Union City on Aug. 4, 2021.
Sep 23, 2021

Poll: Most voters approve new COVID restrictions, still support Murphy

According to a report from Monmouth University, 52% of the New Jersey electorate approve of the job the governor is doing, compared to 54% in August and 57% in May.

Sep 22, 2021

NJBAC announces $1.25M in funding to expand small business exporting

The federal award, which the New Jersey Business Action Center will distribute to businesses seeking to sell internationally as part of its NJSTEP program, marks a 25% increase over 2020, and the largest in the initiative's history.

Sep 22, 2021

NJ approves first corporate tax break under $1.1B incentive program (updated)

The $9.9 million NJ Emerge incentive will go to Party City, which plans to bring 357 new employment positions to the state, on top of its current 338 full-time jobs.

New Jersey state capitol building in Trenton
Sep 22, 2021

Gap narrows slightly between Murphy, Ciattarelli in new election poll

The report from Monmouth University Polling Institute finds New Jersey's current governor with a 13-point lead over his opponent--compared to a 16-point lead in August polling. Still, a significant number of voters said they had no real opinion of the challenger's views, or that they did not know what those views were.

Gov. Phil Murphy; First Lady Tammy Murphy; and state, county and local officials meet with President Biden in Manville and the surrounding area in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Ida on Sept. 7, 2021.
Sep 21, 2021

NJ rolling out jobless benefits for Ida-stricken residents

Not able to work, prohibited from getting to work, or lost a family member making you the primary bread winner because of the recent storm? If so, you could be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

Sep 20, 2021

NJ backing 4 hubs for $1B economic recovery challenge

The initiatives focus on aviation, biomanufacturing, clean energy and “smart ports,” which NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan said all boast “potential to drive transformative economic growth and job creation.”

Flood-damaged downtown Millburn in the wake of Hurricane Ida.
Sep 20, 2021

A 12th NJ county gets FEMA disaster status for Ida

Businesses there can apply for low-interest loans from the SBA for up to $2 million to cover the costs of physical damages, and business interruption stemming from the storm.

Flood-damaged downtown Millburn following Hurricane Ida in September 2021.
Sep 17, 2021

Over 600 apply for Ida biz-relief grant, with more funds still available

Tim Sullivan – head of the NJEDA, which is overseeing the $10.5 million pool of money – said there’s plenty to go around before applications close on Sept. 24.

Newark, NJ
Sep 16, 2021

Major tech accelerator to open its doors in Newark next year

An agreement between SOSV and the NJEDA calls for HAX to attract, develop and support 100 startups over the next five years. It'll lease up to 60,000 square feet of space for up to 200 founders and their staff, as well as fabrication and prototyping workshops. There, those companies will receive facilities, mentorship, education and financial investment.

Sep 16, 2021

NJ expunges over 360,000 cannabis offenses

Eligible cases are eradicated automatically by the judiciary, after which it's removed from the court’s public record. The person charged no longer has to report the case on applications for jobs, housing or college admissions.

Dotcom Distribution Warehouse- DOTCOM DISTRIBUTION
Sep 16, 2021

NJ gains back 65% of jobs lost amid COVID-19 closures

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said that 468,600 positions have returned to the state, which still lags behind much of the nation with one of the highest unemployment rates hovering over 7% for months now.

Montclair’s outdoor dining scene. - PAULINE HEANEY/MONTCLAIR CENTER
Sep 16, 2021

New state program to help with rent costs for Main Street businesses

The NJEDA will accept applications beginning next month for the first tranche of aid under a $100 million plan that is part of a $14.5 billion state incentive economic package the governor approved in January.