HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — Standing before a wall of kegs, Gov. Phil Murphy announced $100 million in new Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funds that will go toward New Jersey businesses and residents hit the hardest by the COVID-19 health crisis. 

“We're ready to help businesses like Flounder Brewing not just get through this unprecedented time but emerge, primed and ready for growth,” Murphy said at an October 13 press briefing held at the Hillsborough-based craft brewery.

The funds will be dispersed as follows:

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  • $70 million to restaurants, micro-businesses and other small businesses through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program ($35 million targeted to help the food service industry and $15 million to help micro-businesses).
  • $10 million to help small businesses purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) through the NJEDA Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program.
  • $15 million to support renters through the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
  • $5 million to support food banks and other hunger relief efforts.

Another $12 million in state Department of Human Services funds were also announced — money that will give a boost to the state’s rental/mortgage assistance program.

“Since the emergency rental assistance program initially launched in July, we have received nearly 60,000 applications,” said Lt Gov. Sheila Oliver. “We know that the need is great. With this new funding, we will continue to serve the needs of eligible individuals who have already applied for the program. So if any of your constituencies applied back in July, and they were unable to be accommodated, please tell them to check their emails and their mail every day, as we are contacting more people from the waitlist.” 

The New Jersey Republican Party said in a statement that October 13 marked 200 days since the first CARES Act passed Congress and that just 10 percent of the $2.4 billion passed has been doled out.

“Phil Murphy has been watching New Jersey drown while he uses our life preserver as a hula hoop,” said sttae GOP Chairman Doug Steinhardt. “It’s inconceivable that Murphy sat on this relief for this long while New Jerseyans drowned. We deserve answers.” 

Click here for the full statement.

As of Tuesday, the Garden State has confirmed nearly 1,000 more positive coronavirus cases (993), seven more deaths and 649 people requiring hospitalization statewide. The state of 9 million has now totaled at least 215,085 cases, 14,394 confirmed deaths and another 1,788 “probable” deaths since the outbreak began in March.

Below is Gov. Murphy's October 13 press briefing:


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