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What a Trip to the NJ MVC Office Will Look Like In Midst of COVID-19

June 5, 2020

NEW JERSEY — The New Jersey Motor Vehicles Commission (MVC) has retrofitted all of its agencies with plexiglass barriers. 

It’s one of many changes necessary when operations restart across the state June 15. 

“Motor vehicle commission used to mean a lot of people crowded into small spaces,” Sue Fulton, Chair and the Chief Administrator of the NJ MVC, said ...

Murphy Fears George Floyd Protests Could Mean Coronavirus Spike in NJ 

NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday kept up his praise for New Jersey residents marching for George Floyd, but admitted some trepidation 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 the George Washington Ballroom in Trenton at his daily press ...

Fabiana Pierre-Louis Poised to be First Black Woman to Serve on NJ Supreme Court

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday said he intends to nominate former attorney Fabiana Pierre-Louis to the New Jersey Supreme Court — a historic move removing New Jersey from the list of 33 states without a black woman on their top courts. 

“Justice cannot be blind if those who sit on our highest and most powerful bench are not surrounded by colleagues who ...

Gov. Murphy Commends How NJ Continues to Peacefully Protest for George Floyd

NEW JERSEY — Eight days after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer saw at least 21 protests across New Jersey on Tuesday. 

Gov. Phil Murphy in a press conference Wednesday said these have been peaceful demonstrations, despite the crowds at some — with Mayor Michael Soriano estimating as many as 4,000 people marching in ...

Murphy Emphasizes Collaboration and Trust-Building

TRENTON, NJ - In the wake of days of civil unrest across the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy addressed New Jersey's efforts by law enforcement at collaboration and trust-building with the public while also unveiling a new data point to bolster his decision to move the state farther along its path toward restarting its stalled economy in the wake of COVID-19.

Murphy used ...

Residents Invited To Virtually Discuss Proposed Camden Microgrid Plan

CAMDEN, NJ — The Camden community has been invited to a virtual meeting Monday at 6 p.m. to discuss a proposed microgrid plan in the waterfront south.

Those opposing the plan say the microgrid itself is a net positive but not when it’s connected to the Covanta trash incinerator. County officials argue the plan includes long-lasting improvements to the ...

Widespread Testing Signals 'Enormous’ Progress for NJ’s Road Back

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 Wednesday that while numbers continue to fall the state, they’re still ...

Camden County to Observe Memorial Day Virtually, How to Tune In

CAMDEN, NJ — In honor of the fallen heroes of Camden County and beyond, a virtual Memorial Day ceremony will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. — necessary this year because of the ongoing pandemic.

“We may not be able to gather in person, but there is no crisis, emergency, or circumstance which should prevent our fallen heroes from receiving the honor and memorialization that ...

Microgrid Meets Resistance Over Ties to Camden Incinerator, Lack of Community Engagement

CAMDEN, NJ — Some Camden residents believe a proposed microgrid in the waterfront south, which the City Council passed a feasibility study for earlier this week, should merit more community input before moving forward.

While others, citing health and environmental impacts, say the city should seek alternatives that have nothing to do with the facility ...

Murphy: Groups of 25 Can Now Gather Outdoors

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 a Memorial Day cookout you may do so, so long as social distance and ...

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Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

Southern New Jersey Needs Infrastructure Upgrades to Support Post-COVID Economy

May 21, 2020

Before the coronavirus pandemic struck our nation, South Jersey was getting back on its feet economically. Unfortunately, not all parts of New Jersey bounced back so quickly from the recession of years past and the closing of several casinos in Atlantic City made the road back that much longer. Now, in our post-COVID-19 future, South Jersey is going to have to work twice as hard to become the ...

NJ Human Services Announces $37 Million in Additional Food Assistance

May 28, 2020

Many NJ SNAP Recipients Will Receive Enhanced Benefits;

June Payments Will Bring Supplemental Food Assistance Payments to $143M Since March

(TRENTON) – Many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive additional benefits in June to help address critical food needs related to the COVID-19 ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 5, 2020

BEDMINSTER – There’s a collective sigh of relief in the hills of Somerset County today with word that President Trump is spending his weekend elsewhere. Let’s make the gigantic assumption that Trump had somebody read The Jaffe Briefing to him earlier this week, ...