Statehouse News

May 28, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Labeling Gov. Phil Murphy’s strategy to reopen New Jersey “arbitrary and inconsistent,” the Senate Republican caucus is calling for immediate action that provides more clarity and relief for residents and businesses. “As the threat of COVID-19 continues to recede quickly for the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Lawmakers representing Belmar and Lake Como are urging Gov. Phil Murphy to reopen businesses and services as the Jersey Shore begins its summer season. In light of declining trends related to the spread of the coronavirus, Sen. Robert Singer, and Assemblymen Sean Kean and Edward ...

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Extended SNAP Benefits, Child Care for Essential Workers, Wage Hike for Direct Caregivers of Disabled, Support Person for the Disabled in Hospitals TRENTON, NJ — Here are several coronavirus-related updates from the state Department of Human Resources: Many New Jerseyans who receive food ...

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WALL, NJ — Assemblyman Edward Thomson plans to introduce legislation establishing COVID-19 antibody testing to see how many residents have already contracted the disease — a vital step in what he hopes will be the start of efforts to reopen the state’s economy. “Antibody tests are key to ...

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Real Estate Agents, Auto Dealers, Gun Shops and Breweries Benefit from Changes TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has loosened coronavirus-related restrictions placed on real estate agents, automobile dealers, gun dealers and breweries, but reiterated the urgent need for hospital ventilators and for ...

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TRENTON, NJ — All elective surgeries are now on hold at all New Jersey medical facilities under an executive order by Gov. Phil Murphy that took effect on March 27. Calling it part of “the state’s effort to preserve the capacity of the health care system to respond to COVID-19,” he suspended all ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy’s Energy Master Plan unveiled last week to address climate change has drawn sharp criticism from 30th District Assemblymen Edward “Ned” Thomson and Sean Kean. Both lawmakers, whose district includes Belmar and Lake Como, claim that EMP’s goal to move New Jersey to ...

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TRENTON, NJ — With the start of the new legislative session last week, several bills sponsored by legislators in the 30th District, which includes Belmar and Lake Como, were signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy. Here’s a rundown: As a way to combat drug addiction, Charlie’s Law requires ...

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TRENTON, NJ — The 30th Legislative District’s assemblymen — Sean Kean and Edward “Ned” Thomson — took their oaths of office for another term this week, surrounded by family, friends and their colleagues. Kean and Thomson, whose district includes Belmar and Lake Como, were sworn in on January 14 ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Legislation to create a special “Support Recovery” license plate to provide housing assistance to individuals in recovery has been approved by the Senate and is awaiting Gov. Phil Murphy's consideration. Under the bill (A-268/S-469) introduced by Assemblyman Sean T. Kean ...

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Measure Addresses Proper Disposal of Prescription Medicine TRENTON, NJ — A measure that would require pharmacies and hospice programs to provide patients with information and methods to safely discard medications and needles is making a second attempt through the legislative process. After ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Edward “Ned” Thomson has been elected by the New Jersey Assembly Republicans to serve as whip on its senior leadership team. The assemblyman represents the 30th Legislative District, which includes Belmar and Lake Como. In his role as whip, Thomson (R-Monmouth/Ocean) is responsible ...

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TRENTON, NJ — For the first time since 2016, New Jersey’s pension fund investments for government workers fell short, returning 6.27 percent for the 2019 fiscal year ended June 30, rather than long-term assumed rate of 7.5 percent. But while the state officials maintain that staying above a 6 ...

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