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Biden Nominates Camden’s First Black Federal Judge

May 13, 2021

CAMDEN, NJ – President Joe Biden has nominated U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen M. Williams to the U.S. District Court, a choice that would make her the first Black judge to preside on the federal bench in Camden.

Williams, a federal Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court in New Jersey since 2009, is also an adjunct professor at Rowan University in Glassboro. Her selection requires U.S.

Gov. Murphy Eases More Restrictions on Gatherings

TRENTON, NJ -- With COVID-19 numbers trending decisively in the right direction and New Jersey progressing toward its adult-age vaccination goals, Gov. Murphy on Monday announced an additional easing of restrictions, including a removal of all percentage capacity limits for indoor and outdoor businesses, a lifting of the prohibition on indoor bar seating, and an end to the outdoor ...

Camden Democrat Launches Mayoral Campaign Morning After Frank Moran Leaves Office

CAMDEN, NJ – Less than 24 hours after Francisco “Frank” Moran officially left the Mayor’s Office, the city Democratic Party’s choice as his successor, Councilman Vic Carstarphen, kicked off his election campaign at Farnham Park on Saturday morning.

In a prepared statement Carstarphen said he is eager to show “the (Democratic) committee and supporters” ...

Gov. Murphy Recognizes May as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy recognized May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in a statement issued May 1. 

Official recognition of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month has been a part of the American tradition for more than 40 years. The idea of recognizing Asian Pacific heritage can be traced back to period following the bicentennial ...

NJ Summer Camps to Open, Murphy Hints at More Easing of Restrictions

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy at his COVID press briefing Wednesday announced that he would sign an Executive Order allowing for summer camps – both day camps and sleep away camps – to open for the upcoming season. The governor says that he is pleased with the way COVID numbers are trending downwards, which enables things to open up as the summer ...

New Jersey Loosens Restrictions on Indoor and Outdoor Gatherings

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy said at his COVID press briefing Monday afternoon that effective May 10, indoor room capacities for private catered events -- including weddings and school proms, political events, funerals, memorial services, and performances -- will increase to 50% with a maximum of 250 individuals.

He also announced the easing of the following ...

Murphy Signs Legislation to Provide $10 Million to Support Food Banks in New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy signed bill A5405, which will direct $10 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund established under the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.

This funding will be distributed to seven New Jersey food banks in order to continue providing families with food assistance during the ...

Camden City, County Getting $7.1M to Help the Homeless

CAMDEN, NJ – The City of Camden is to receive $3.15 million in additional federal aid to reduce homelessness and Camden County stands to get $4.1 million more to share among the other 36 communities.

These grants, from the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development’s HOME Supplemental Aid program, are provided under the federal American Rescue Plan Act.

All told, New Jersey ...

Murphy Announces Latest COVID Figures and Vaccination Totals

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy reported progress in getting shots into arms as he presented a vaccine update during his press briefing Wednesday. He said that the state has administered 4,892,598 total doses and that 1,896,442 New Jersey residents are now fully vaccinated.

"We are now 40% to our initial goal of 4.7 million individuals fully vaccinated by June 30th," ...

Murphy Announces All Individuals Ages 16+ Will be Eligible for Vaccination on April 19, Reports Latest COVID Figures

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy announced during his COVID press briefing on Monday, April 5, that all individuals ages 16+ in New Jersey will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination on April 19 – two weeks ahead of the state’s initial target of May 1.

The state’s phased vaccination roll out has successfully administered 4.7 million doses of ...

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New Jersey Date Night: Stroll Through These Gorgeous Gardens

May 13, 2021

New Jersey Date Night is a series on NJ Flavor by relationship writer Craig Rogers.

There’s always something growing in New Jersey, be it excitement for warmer weather or the flowers in everyone’s yard. Celebrating springtime in the Garden State requires a garden date. We have so many options at our fingertips — possibilities guaranteed to inspire romance and ...

New Marijuana, Alcohol Laws Handcuff Police Officers

April 22, 2021

By John Zebrowski, First Vice President, New Jersey State Association of Chief of Police

Now that state lawmakers have passed measures to create a marketplace for recreational marijuana in New Jersey – as well as basically eliminated sanctions for underage possession and use of marijuana and alcohol – the big challenge for local police departments is how to enforce these new ...

Camden Teachers’ Union Endorses Elton Custis for Mayor

May 13, 2021

CAMDEN, NJ – The Camden Education Association today announced it is backing progressive Democrat Elton Custis for Mayor of Camden.

The Camden Education Association (CEA) has more than one thousand members who work in the Camden  School District with a large majority who reside and vote in the city. CEA has more members than any other labor organization in this city.

“Elton ...

The Jaffe Briefing - May 14, 2021

STATEWIDE – Modified mask mandate? Yes! The feds are lifting the requirement that fully vaccinated people wear masks in most outdoor and indoor places. Of course, mass transit is not one of those places, as it seems people will – and should – be wearing masks on jammed NJ Transit trains until, let’s say, 2100.  A great quote from the CDC: “If you are fully ...