Apr 29, 2021

Biden unveils another US judge nomination amid state ‘judicial emergency’

As the Garden State faces a legal backlog from lack of appointments in recent years, Brown & Connery partner Christine O’Hearn is the president's latest pick for the federal bench here.

Governor Phil Murphy arrives to tour the opening of the Morris County vaccination site, one of New Jersey's planned six vaccine "mega-sites" - at Rockaway Townsquare Mall in 2021.
Apr 29, 2021

NJ can ‘accelerate reopening’ as COVID wanes, vaccines boom

Months of restrictions are loosening as the state ramps up its inoculation efforts and key metrics like daily cases and hospitalizations are brought under control. But, following new CDC guidance, Murphy says a change in the state's mask policy is unlikely.

Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy receive the first dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine on April 9, 2021
Apr 28, 2021

Governor, First Lady to get 2nd COVID shot this Friday

The couple will go to the Atlantic City site at the convention center to complete their vaccines.

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.