Statehouse News

April 20, 2021

TRENTON, NJ — New Jerseyans now have the option to select “X” as their gender marker on driver’s licenses or nondriver identification cards. Gender “X” will indicate a gender is unspecified, and it will be offered along with the existing “M” (male) and “F” (female) gender options on licenses and ...

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Now looking at a $6 billion surplus, state treasurer tells lawmakers it was right to borrow $4 billion amid fears of COVID-19 collapse. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 ...

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Nonpartisan legislative report says revenues better than Murphy predicted as lawmakers ramp up budget review. Special to TAPinto.net. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 ...

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Changes to NJ Law Do Not Address Possible Criminal Implications for Police in Conducting Vehicle Searches TRENTON, NJ — Parents will be notified the first time their underage children are found in possession of marijuana or alcohol, under a change in New Jersey’s new recreational marijuana ...

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TRENTON, NJ — A group of Republican lawmakers, including the 30th District’s Sen. Robert Singer, and Assemblymen Sean Kean and Edward “Ned” Thomson, has introduced legislation that would require parents be notified when their underage children are found in possession of marijuana and alcohol on a ...

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NEW JERSEY — The legalization of recreational marijuana use by adults has sparked an outcry over new rules in the law that prohibit police from notifying parents when their underage children are caught with weed or alcohol for the first time. Parents will not be informed until their child ...

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Gov. Phil Murphy has allotted billions from Washington to bolster schools, local governments and health care needs arising from the pandemic. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has signed three bills to legalize recreational marijuana use and establish a regulated cannabis market within the next six months. The legislation allows for adults to legally possess as much as six ounces of marijuana and offers relief for anyone previously ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey residents still awaiting their extended unemployment benefit payments can expect to receive them by Friday, February 12. Since an 11-week extension in federal benefits was approved at the end of December, there has been a lapse in payments for some 75,000 residents whose ...

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TRENTON — Although federal unemployment benefits were extended for 11 weeks more than a month ago, there still are tens of thousands of New Jersey residents who have not been able to claim those weekly benefits — a delay that has come under fire by state lawmakers representing Belmar and Lake ...

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TRENTON, NJ  — Uninsured New Jerseyans now have until May 15 to sign up for health care coverage through Get Covered New Jersey, the state’s official health insurance marketplace. Gov. Phil Murphy extended the deadline, which was expected to end on January 31, after the Biden administration ...

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This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. NJ SPOTLIGHT — A nurse from Newark’s University Hospital, the first New Jerseyan to be ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Seasonal liquor license holders can sell alcoholic beverages all year long until next January, under legislation signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy. The temporary extension through January 14, 2022 is seen as a move to keep help these establishments stay afloat during the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Restaurants are partnering with nonprofit organizations to distribute meals to needy residents during the coronavirus pandemic, under a new program launched by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. Sustain and Serve NJ is a COVID-19 relief effort that provides grants of ...

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Walk-Ins Still Allowed at Licensing Centers for Select Transactions TRENTON, NJ — Before heading to any of New Jersey’s 16 motor vehicle centers, an appointment will be required beginning December 14. Customers will no longer be able to walk in to complete a transition — whether it’s obtaining a ...

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TRENTON, NJ — As Black Friday kicked off the holiday shopping season, New Jersey’s attorney general is warning consumers to be on the lookout for new scams and a slew of cyber attacks targeting shoppers. Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Consumer Affairs are expecting an ...

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TRENTON, NJ — As the processing of Election Day results continues, a measure that would guarantee in-person voting and prohibit automatically distributing mail-in ballots for future elections has been sponsored by three local lawmakers. Sen. Robert Singer and Assemblymen Sean Kean, Edward ...

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Laws Still Needed to Establish Marijuana Marketplace Regulations, Decriminalization of Possession TRENTON, NJ — Now that voters have approved the use of legalized recreational marijuana, Gov. Phil Murphy has filled the top spots in the state's Cannabis Regulatory Commission. Dianna ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Would you rather be online or on line? N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) chief administrator Sue Fulton said that the agency is considering keeping some systems put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic once the health crisis subsides — namely minimizing the need to show up in ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey motor vehicle centers in nearby Hazlet and Lakewood are switching to an appointment-only system, starting today, November 2. They are among 10 vehicle centers in the state that will no longer allow walk-in customers for registration/title transfers ...

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September numbers are down from last year as state recoils from COVID-19 shutdown. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. New ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy said that the $32.7 billion budget he signed into law on September 29 manages to protect core priorities and deliver middle-class tax relief during the historic fiscal crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. “As we continue to grapple with the effects of the ...

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GOP lawmaker slams ‘shameful’ add-ons. Democrats brush off criticism This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To read more, visit njspotlight.com. A $32.7 billion budget ...

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PATERSON, NJ — Joined by legislators, faith leaders and others, Gov. Phil Murphy promoted on September 9 his "Baby Bonds" initiative, which would give $1,000 to about three of every four babies born in 2021. The plan, which is part of Murphy's revised fiscal year 2021 budget, would set up an ...

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy today delivered his revised $32.4 billion budget for fiscal year 2021, which includes $1.25 billion in spending cuts, $4 billion in bonding to help address the COVID-19 economic fallout and higher taxes on New Jersey millionaires. "We can’t build the same New ...

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TRENTON, NJ — State officials say some New Jersey residents might not get their power restored until the end of the weekend as utility companies scrambled to restore outages on a scale not seen since Superstorm Sandy. Tropical Storm Isaias careened across the state on August 4 with soaking rains ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The state Motor Vehicle Commission will resume written knowledge tests at 21 licensing centers — by appointment only — beginning Monday, August 3.  Appointments can be booked 30 days in advance at https://mymvc.state.nj.us/knowledgetest-scheduling-system/. Be prepared to provide ...

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TRENTON, NJ — With temperatures expected to be high this weekend — peaking at 110 degrees on Sunday — New Jersey State Police Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan said he is mindful of what it might mean for potential violence.  “For the past several years, heat has had a direct correlation with ...

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Monmouth County Freeholder Director Arnone Calls Announcement ‘Mind-Blowing’ in Light of Current Coronavirus Pandemic TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy and top lawmakers are supporting efforts to remove the word “freeholder” from New Jersey's 21 county legislative boards — a centuries-old term that ...

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TRENTON, NJ — After the crush of residents descended upon state Motor Vehicle Commission agencies during this week's reopening, state officials have taken several steps aimed to quell the overwhelming demand for services. Expiration dates of licenses, registrations, inspections stickers and ...

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