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July 8, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy used part of his Wednesday press briefing to address the frustrations of New Jerseyans who waited in long lines at the state's Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) facilities when they reopened this week. "I completely understand the frustration felt by every customer ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Face coverings are now required in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not practicable, Gov. Phil Murphy announced via Twitter Wednesday before his COVID-19 press conference. Exceptions  exist for individuals under two years old, people who are eating/drinking at an ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Travelers making their way back to the Garden State from over a dozen states have been advised to self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days due to the rise of COVID-19 cases — a list that as of Tuesday also includes Delaware, Kansas and Oklahoma.  Gov. Phil Murphy and State Health ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Even in this era where statues of explorers are being dismantled, schools named after presidents are being rebranded and sports teams are replacing racially insensitive nicknames, don't expect Rutgers- The State University of New Jersey, to change its name. The subject was ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey’s daily coronavirus press briefings, which began in March, will now be held three days a week, Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday afternoon.  “Unless you hear otherwise, and sadly given the world right now in the state of COVID in the country we may shift courses, but we're ...

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TRENTON, NJ  — Newly-released COVID-19 figures that show New Jersey maybe heading in the wrong direction could mean the state will be forced to remain in Stage 2 of its recovery plan longer than expected. Gov. Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said Monday during the state’s ...

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BERKELEY TOWNSHIP,  NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy called upon the federal government to mandate face coverings as cases of COVID-19 surge across the United States' Sunbelt. During a Sunday morning interview on "Meet the Press" Murphy said New Jersey is seeing a small spike in cases due to travelers ...

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TRENTON, NJ  – The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced on Wednesday that it would begin providing 20 weeks of extended unemployment this week to New Jersey workers who have exhausted their state and federal jobless benefits. The state extension kicks in after ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures.  The extension ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues Thursday – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses: Casinos, Outdoor amusement parks and water ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy defended the state’s new travel advisory amid questions of whether it lacks teeth and suggestions of whether it constitutes retaliation against states that had once imposed restrictions on northeastern states. The advisory, which was announced Wednesday in lockstep ...

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NEW JERSEY – The state is hiring more than 200 contact tracers as part of its ongoing fight against COVID-19, Governor Phil Murphy announced at press conference Wednesday afternoon. “There are more than 230 tracers being on-boarded,” Murphy said. This is in addition to the 900 tracers already ...

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TRENTON, NJ— Amusement park rides, water parks and playgrounds will re-open in time for July 4th weekend, with 50% capacity and other COVID-19 protocols. “It's just a coincidence that it's a scorcher outside today, but today we are announcing that outdoor amusement parks and water parks will be ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Coronavirus restrictions in place since mid-March in New Jersey continue to be peeled back amid Phase 2 of the state's economic recovery plan, and the state's efforts to combat the disease are proving so successful that New Jersey is one of four states in line to contain it, Governor ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced during his daily COVID-19 press conference Thursday that indoor portions of retail shopping malls may reopen on Monday, June 29. It won't be business as usual, however. He is requiring masks to be worn, and all stores will be limited to 50% capacity.

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NEW JERSEY — The latest signal that things are returning to “normal” in the Garden State despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic came Monday with NJ Transit announcing that buses will return to full weekday schedules and rail services will run on an enhanced holiday schedule.  Kevin Corbett, ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy lifted his executive order requiring New Jersey residents to stay at home Tuesday, and has lifted a limit on outdoor gatherings and indoor gatherings aimed primarily at accommodating the state's faith-based communities and houses of worship. The lifting of ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has lifted the stay-at-home order that had been in effect since March 21 and expanded the number of people allowed in both indoor and outdoor gatherings. The announcement came Tuesday during Murphy's daily press briefing. Social distancing and the ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy have scheduled coronavirus tests after they marched alongside protestors taking to the streets against police brutality Sunday in Hillside and Westfield.  But some in New Jersey, including at least one Republican lawmaker, claim the ...

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NEW JERSEY — While guidance is still forthcoming, municipal and private swimming pools can at least take solace in the fact they can reopen June 22.  “[In addition] summer camps will be able to use their pools when they reopen on July 6,” Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday during his daily coronavirus ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and Chief Administrator Sue Fulton of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) on Friday announced plans for a phased reopening of MVC facilities to the public following closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The reopening will proceed in a way that ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday kept up his praise for New Jersey residents marching for George Floyd, but admitted he was concerned over a spike in COVID-19 cases as a result of the crowds. “Yes, I’m concerned but it’s not a reason not to protest,” the governor said this afternoon at ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Day care centers for the children of essential workers have been opened throughout the COVID-19 crisis. As Governor Phil Murphy announced yesterday, they reopen to other parents on June 15.  Within the next few weeks, non-contact sports activities and youth day camps also may open up.

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TRENTON, NJ - Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, joining Governor Phil Murphy at his daily press briefing Friday, introduced the launch of a temporary rental assistance program. The $100 million program, Murphy said, will be funded mainly through the federal CARES Act. “We know that many of our ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy closed out his daily COVID-19 press conference on Friday with comments about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis kept his knee on the victim's neck for almost nine minutes. "George Floyd should be alive today ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- The reopening process for the State of New Jersey continues as Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday announced that he has lifted restrictions for daycare centers, summer camps, and non-contact youth sports. The reopening dates are: Child care centers (June 15) Non-contact organized ...

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TRENTON, NJ  — New Jersey’s medical director on Thursday set the record straight on the newly-arrived trend of donning a face mask as means of COVID-19 protection but not including one’s nose — known as “mask droop syndrome.” “We understand that it’s uncomfortable, that people have problems with ...

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TRENTON, NJ — One month into New Jersey’s recovery period, trends in data are showing the state is well past COVID-19’s harrowing April peak.  But according to officials, the decreases in new cases and hospitalizations aren’t a declaration of victory. Gov. Phil Murphy reminded citizens on ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Class of 2020, grab your caps, gowns and get ready for the pomp and circumstance of a live graduation ceremony. Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing Tuesday that outdoor graduation ceremonies adhering to appropriate health and safety guidelines can be ...

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NEW JERSEY — In time for Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy lifted the 10-person outdoor limit on gatherings on Friday, now granting up to 25 to congregate — so long as they adhere to the proper COVID-19 safety protocols.  “So if you were looking forward to gathering with your neighbors for ...

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