TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic that allows New Jersey to continue spending through September.

Murphy said the stopgap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended 2020 state fiscal year ending on September 30, slashes $1.2 billion in previously authorized spending and cuts across all state agencies. 

In making the announcement during his June 30 press briefing, the governor said the spending plan protects essential services such as state aid to school districts and to social services programs. He said the state will finish the extended 2020 fiscal year with a $956 million surplus that will help offset unanticipated budget increases.

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Murphy said the state needs greater financial flexibility to borrow funds to secure core services. He said he is hoping that the Legislature gives his administration that borrowing authority shortly.  He also re-emphasized his plea to the federal government for additional direct cash assistance.

"Fiscal impacts of the pandemic are as unprecedented as the public health emergency itself," Murphy said. "As we look forward toward the nine-month fiscal 2021 budget we will enact at summer's end, the decisions that we make now will have an even bigger impact. But we can't cut our way forward."

During the briefing, Murphy reiterated the reasons he suddenly decided on June 29 to put a pause on limited indoor dining that was scheduled to begin on July 2 — an abrupt shift in a growing list of relaxed social and economic restrictions in the New Jersey Restart and Recovery Plan.

He said disturbing images over the weekend of crowded bars in New Jersey with patrons not wearing face coverings or social distancing — coupled with rapidly increasing numbers of positive cases in other parts of the country where indoor drinking and dining has been permitted — led to his decision. He did not say when he expects to resume limited capacity indoor dining.

"This is not how we beat back COVID-19. This is how we invite COVID-19," he said. "This is how flare-ups happen. This how you risk turning your community into a hot spot."

The governor acknowledged that the vast majority of bar and restaurant owners are complying and enforcing public health guidance. "But one establishment ignoring the rules or even just one patron ignoring the rules can undo months of progress and ruin it for the rest of us," Murphy said. "As a bargoer you have just as much of a responsibility as anyone who works at the bar. Ignorance is not bliss."

Murphy had strongly worded advice for bar patrons, especially as the state gets ready for the busy holiday weekend. He reiterated that patrons must not congregate at the bar area, must keep appropriate spacing between groups so that people can safety place orders, and adamantly recommended wearing a face covering at all times except when eating or drinking. He also strongly suggested that if any establishment in an individual's opinion becomes too crowded, then it is appropriate to leave.

Casinos are still scheduled to open on July 2 at 25 percent capacity, but indoor dining, drink service and smoking are not permitted on the gaming floors — prompting the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa to decide to remain closed. Amusement parks, water parks, boardwalk rides and arcades are also scheduled to open on July 2.

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Murphy also announced that eight states have been added to the travel quarantine advisory list — California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee, joining Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. 

According to the state Department of Health, states on the quarantine list have positive testing rates higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a seven-day rolling average.

Travelers to New Jersey — or New Jerseyans returning from these states — are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. State officials have said that the quarantine request is voluntary but that compliance is expected. 

Murphy said there were 461 new coronavirus cases, bringing the state's total to 171,667. The state's rate of transmission ticked up slightly to 0.88 but remains below 1 — meaning every infected person is transmitting the disease to less than one person.  Murphy says this statistic is vitally important to keep below 1 as it is a sign that the disease is not spreading.

Hospitalizations for the virus were at 992, the third day in a row it was under 1,000.  Of those hospitalized, 211 were in critical care and 174 were on ventilators. The governor said these statistics continue to trend downward albeit more slowly.  He reported 47 new deaths for a statewide total of 15,035.

In Monmouth County, as of June 30, there were 29 new positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 9,278. There were two new deaths today, bringing the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 in Monmouth County to 714.

The breakdown of positive COVID-19 cases by municipality is as follows:

  • Aberdeen: 246
  • Allenhurst: 8
  • Allentown: 9
  • Asbury Park: 316
  • Atlantic Highlands: 36
  • Avon-by-the-Sea: 12
  • Belmar: 46  (Belmar officials reported on June 29 there were 10 current cases after recoveries and individuals who live in other municipalities but share the Belmar 07719 zip code were removed from the borough’s total.)
  • Bradley Beach: 59
  • Brielle: 36
  • Colts Neck: 86
  • Deal: 37
  • Eatontown: 307
  • Englishtown: 48
  • Fair Haven: 29
  • Farmingdale: 13
  • Freehold Borough: 416
  • Freehold Township: 697
  • Hazlet: 335
  • Highlands: 33
  • Holmdel: 315
  • Howell: 682
  • Interlaken: 4
  • Keansburg: 200
  • Keyport: 105
  • Lake Como: 17
  • Little Silver: 40
  • Loch Arbour: 1
  • Long Branch: 627
  • Manalapan: 498
  • Manasquan: 35
  • Marlboro: 503
  • Matawan: 212
  • Middletown: 751
  • Millstone Township: 88
  • Monmouth Beach: 21
  • Neptune City: 65
  • Neptune Township: 629
  • Ocean: 361
  • Oceanport: 66
  • Red Bank: 258
  • Roosevelt: 7
  • Rumson: 46
  • Sea Bright: 12
  • Sea Girt: 15
  • Shrewsbury Borough: 57
  • Shrewsbury Township: 11
  • Spring Lake: 19
  • Spring Lake Heights: 25
  • Tinton Falls: 229
  • Union Beach: 49
  • Upper Freehold: 66
  • Wall: 412
  • West Long Branch: 75
  • Unknown: 8

Below is the video of Gov. Murphy’s June30 press briefing


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