NJ COVID vaccines reach 4M people, amid eligibility, dose surge
Eligibility expanded to food production, distribution and agriculture workers; any remaining eldercare staff; warehousing and logistics; clergy; judicial workers; postal and shipping workers; elections personnel; hospitality; medical supply chain, and social services support staff.
Murphy expanding limits for outdoor gatherings, public venues
The move comes as the state is experiencing an increase in the availability of COVID-19 vaccine doses and eligibility to get a shot, despite the simultaneous uptick in new cases and total hospitalizations stemming from several highly contagious variants of the virus.
NJDOL to dole out $1.2 million to minority and women veterans looking to get into construction
Helmets to Hardhats, or H2H, is a national nonprofit program to help reserve, retired, and transitioning active-duty military members connect with career-training opportunities in construction trades.
NJ gets $91M from FEMA to retroactively cover COVID relief costs
"...New Jersey is now eligible to receive millions of dollars in additional federal funding to help our state continue responding and recovering from the impacts of this pandemic,” said Sen. Bob Menendez.
Assembly passes bills amid COVID surges loosening NJ restaurant restrictions
The measures would give a greater degree of flexibility to the owners of bars, restaurants, distilleries and other eateries, especially as the widely popular outdoor dining options witnessed over the summer remain useless amid the cold winter weather.
NJ COVID reopenings drive soaring job gains led by dining
The data marks potential good news for a job market that flattened between December and February, which made up the worst months of the COVID-19 second wave. New Jersey’s unemployment rate was 7.7% in December, 7.9% in January and 7.8% in February, according to state data.
NJ travel rebound could drag into mid-decade, panel says
Aspects of tourism in the state, like domestic travel, will bounce back quicker and could see signs of opening up much sooner.
Yellen: ‘Thorny questions’ for Treasury over limiting state tax breaks
The matter of how the Biden administration will restrict states from using corporate tax breaks if they receive federal COVID-relief aid will be contentious for the federal government as it hashes out the regulations implementing the law.
Murphy laments sluggish J&J vaccine roll-out
This week, the state got over 10,000 doses of the J&J shot, according to New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, followed by an expected 51,700 doses next week.
Murphy order would keep creditors from taking stimulus payments
“The American Rescue Plan is for the American people, not the banks and credit unions,” the governor said at a March 24 COVID-19 press conference in Trenton. “We want our residents to put those funds to use as they deem necessary.”
Booker staffer, National Action Network rep in as final CRC member
Charles Barke will replace William Wallace on the Cannabis Regulatory Commission, rounding out the five-member group and fulfilling the legal requirement that it include a representative from a civil rights organization.
U.S. Treasury head willing to work with Congress on lifting SALT cap
The provision was tucked into the Trump-era federal tax cuts in 2017 and limits homeowners from claiming more than $10,000 in state and local taxes when filing their income taxes each year.