Apr 28, 2021

Former CWA-NJ union head joins Murphy campaign

Hetty Rosenstein - who was referred to by the governor as “a force of nature for organized labor” in the state - will be a senior advisor for his reelection campaign as he squares off against the presumptive Republican nominee former state Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli in November.

Apr 28, 2021

What’s in store with Biden’s $1.8T ‘American Families Plan’

The president is proposing corporate and income tax hikes to pay for his latest package, aimed at bringing the nation out of the COVID-19 recession.

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

NJ looking at loosening mask requirements following CDC guidance

The recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control include a handful of settings where fully vaccinated people do not have to wear a face covering, among them: Outdoor activities regardless of the vaccination status, among people who are alone or gathered with immediate family members.

Diners enjoy outdoor seating at South House on the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza in Jersey City on June 9, 2019.
Apr 27, 2021

Biden team rolls out SBA grants for struggling bars, restaurants

Registration to get a piece of a $28.6 billion pot of money to help eateries devastated by the pandemic over the past year begins April 30. Applications will remain open until funds run out., with grants capped at $10 million per business, and $5 million per location, that must completely used by March 11, 2023.

U.S Sens. Cory Booker, far left, and Robert Menendez, foreground, push for President Joe Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan in Newark on April 26, 2021.
Apr 27, 2021

Booker, Menendez vow push for NJ infrastructure funding in $2T Biden plan

The U.S. senators are outlining a trove of methods - including negotiations and budget maneuvers - they can employ to push measures through Capitol Hill, with or without bipartisan support.

The Newark Pedestrian Plaza groundbreaking on April 26, 2021 in Jersey City.
Apr 26, 2021

Jersey City breaks ground on $6.7M downtown pedestrian plaza

The expansion includes the addition of a 400-spot parking deck and a 10,000-square-foot pedestrian plaza, which city officials said will “revitalize the commercial corridor and develop open space for community events.”

Long Branch beach, Monmouth County. - MICHAEL COLARUSSO
Apr 26, 2021

Murphy loosening rules on indoor events, outdoor venues and summer gatherings (updated)

The new orders will go into effect May 10, expanding outdoor gatherings from 200 people to 500 people while outdoor venues with at least 1,000 people will have their capacity set at 50%.

Apr 26, 2021

2 in 3 support Biden infrastructure plan amid deep partisan divides

The American Jobs Plan is the second leg of the president’s effort to jump-start the nation’s economy, following a $1.9 trillion relief bill that he signed in March.

Apr 26, 2021

After delays, SBA reopens applications for shuttered venue grants

You can apply to receive part of a $16 billion pot of money meant to help theaters, museums, venues and other live event spaces hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic beginning at noon on April 26.

Apr 26, 2021

Filling the gaps

The first awards under the state’s new corporate incentive program have yet to be handed out, but lawmakers are already considering how to clean up the $14.5 billion package. And Gov. Phil Murphy is apparently on board.

Welcome sign of a bar or pub, with reminder to wear mask and observe social distancing. Concept of new normal operations in a bar or restaurant.
Apr 26, 2021

Green shoots

As the state begins to recover from the COVID-19 economic downturn, the industries hit hardest by the pandemic a year ago seem to be rebounding most quickly. Sectors such leisure and hospitality, and construction have boomed in recent months, posting some of the largest job gains this spring.

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.
Apr 23, 2021

NJ no longer eligible for jobless aid extension after unemployment rate falls

With the state's jobless rate below 8%, a federal program will continue to provide funds at least through Sept. 4