Unemployment claims surge as thousands go a year without work
More than 2 million New Jerseyans have sought unemployment assistance since March 2020, when Gov. Phil Murphy ordered sweeping closures and restrictions on businesses like restaurants, retail, salons and barbershops, casinos, malls, gyms and theaters.
Murphy team approves $11.4M in tax breaks for urban redevelopment program
The Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit will help finance 18 nonprofits in 11 cities, including Atlantic City, Camden, Newark, Paterson and Trenton.
First Cannabis Regulatory Commission meeting set for April 12
The virtual event will mark the official start of the group's work to craft New Jersey's adult-use and medical cannabis marketplace.
Governor OKs $15M COVID-relief grant for arts, culture
The newest batch of funding marks the second bill Gov. Phil Murphy approved from a broader set of $100 million in proposed pandemic assistance the state Legislature sent to his desk on March 25.
SBA opens shuttered venue operators grants portal April 8 at noon
Performing arts organizations that experienced a 25% loss or more due to the pandemic can apply for funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Museums and movie theaters are also eligible.
NJ sees major drop in vaccine supply after 15M J&J doses spoil
Following a mix-up at a Baltimore plant that led to the loss of roughly 15 million doses, the lower supply is a short-term issue and not a permanent, long-term problem, according to Gov. Phil Murphy.
Gov, First Lady to get COVID-19 vaccine Friday
The Murphys will get their shots at the Atlantic City mega-site. "...We thought it would be the perfect opportunity to showcase a terrific location with plenty of vaccine availability,” the governor said.
AG directive cracks down on sexual misconduct by licensed professionals
The order from Attorney General Gurbir Grewal calls on the Division of Consumer Affairs to work with the professional boards and committees to initiate specific changes and adopt best practices to address the problem through prevention, accountability and victim support.
Lawmakers question Murphy team on whether NJ needed $4B of new debt
The non-partisan Office of Legislative Services said that had the state not borrowed the money, its closing balance would have instead just fallen by $165 million by June 30.
NJ officials fear fiscal cliff despite billions in extra cash this year (updated)
The non-partisan Office of Legislative Services said the state will close its books at the end of next year with $550 million more than predicted by treasury officials in October.
NJ lifting COVID travel restrictions for those fully vaccinated
The announcement puts the state in line with guidance the federal Centers for Disease Control put in place on April 2 for domestic excursions.
NJ making everyone over 16 eligible for COVID vaccine April 19
"Given the trajectory we are on, we believe this is the right time to put our program into higher gear," Gov. Phil Murphy said April 5.