Government

June 11, 2021

CAMDEN, NJ – Just two days after winning the Democratic primary in the Camden mayoral race, Mayor Vic Carstarphen released an extensive 100-day plan. Although the plan, which is split into 17 points over three full pages, is not meant to be exhaustive, it covers a wide range of issues from low ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Sharon Davis has been working with special education students in the Camden school district as a paraprofessional since the late 1980s. The 60-year-old school district employee would love to continue her work, but due to the district misplacing certification records stating she is ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Interim Mayor Vic Carstarphen was up bright and early for today’s Democratic mayoral primary. Around 6:45 a.m. Carstarphen went to the polls at Hatch Junior High School in the Parkside neighborhood, near the two-family house he owns Kaighn Avenue. “I’m hoping the residents of our ...

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CAMDEN, NJ – Rev. Chris Collins, a Camden native who was appointed to replace Mayor Vic Carstarphen’s vacated Second Ward city council seat is more accustomed to conducting interviews than answering questions. For 27 years, he’s been the CEO and editor-in-chief of Anointed News Journal, a weekly ...

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CAMDEN, NJ – Local officials are hoping that live music will be a good incentive to get people in the city vaccinated. All the county’s Summer Park Concert Series events during June will have vaccines available, including the two events in Camden’s Wiggins Park. On June 8, Jazzmeia Horn, an ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — City council has voted to appoint Rev. Christopher Collins as the new councilperson for the Second Ward at a special council meeting on Monday at noon. He is replacing current Mayor Vic Carstarphen, who held the seat until last month when he was picked to replace former Mayor Frank ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — The federal government will help the Housing Authority of the City of Camden revitalize an aging public housing complex in Cramer Hill with a $35 million grant. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Secretary Marcia Fudge was at Ablett Village on Wednesday to ...

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CAMDEN, NJ – On Tuesday, a law supported by Gov. Phil Murphy mandating the use of body cameras in police departments statewide went into effect. The governor came to Camden to celebrate because the Camden County Police Department, which began equipping officers on the street with body cameras in ...

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CAMDEN, NJ – Mayor Vic Carstarphen has been in office for only a month, but the former Camden High basketball star’s large frame and navy blue suits have become a ubiquitous sight, almost daily, at community events. “I’m the community guy through and through,” the Parkside resident said on ...

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CAMDEN, NJ – Many see Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer, but for veterans and their families, it’s a much more somber occasion. “It’s not about barbecues (and) it’s not about drinking beer,” said William Betts, an Iraq War veteran who came to Camden City Hall on Friday morning with ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Office employees will be allowed to return to work without the need to wear masks or social distance, as long as they have proof of being vaccinated against the coronavirus, under Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest executive order. The order, which takes effect on June 4, also lifts minimum ...

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CAMDEN, NJ – Come fall, the city will be on the cutting edge of green technology in the world of American public transit. As part of its plan to have a zero-emissions bus fleet by 2040, NJ Transit plans to launch a pilot electric bus program with eight vehicles in Camden this fall. Last ...

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CAMDEN, NJ – Summer may be coming up, but that doesn’t mean school will be out for the Camden City School District. “What better way to begin our new normal than by offering in-person summer enrichment programs for our students here in Camden City?” said Superintendent Katrina ...

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NEW JERSEY – Gov. Phil Murphy has lifted indoor mask mandates for vaccinated individuals ahead of Memorial Day weekend.  Effective May 28, New Jersey will lift the requirement for maintaining six feet of social distancing in indoor and outdoor settings and will lift the prohibitions on dance ...

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CAMDEN, NJ – On Sunday, bouncy houses, free hot food and doses of the Pfizer vaccine were available in Farnham Park. The event organized by Pastor Amir Khan of New Beginnings, a local church, was part of the state’s Grateful for the Vaccine program, which is targeting communities with low ...

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CAMDEN, NJ – On Sunday, a number of community groups are hosting a vaccination event in Camden’s Baird Park which will feature live music, free hot meals and Pfizer shots for anyone 12 or older. Amir Khan, a pastor at the New Beginnings church, helped organize the event which will run from 1 to ...

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TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey is now offering more incentives for unvaccinated people to get their shots, including free wine, free access to state beaches, and a chance to dine with the governor and first lady of the state. During his press briefing held at Island Beach State Park, Gov. Phil ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Camden City Council held a brief special meeting on Tuesday to quickly approve 18 resolutions on a wide array of topics. The whole affair, which included six of the body’s eight members, lasted less than 20 minutes. Here are some of the highlights from the meeting: • Council ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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TRENTON, NJ  – Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Health has issued new COVID-19 travel guidance, which follow updated travel recommendations released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) earlier this month. “While the pandemic is not over, our vaccination program and ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — The race to replace Mayor Frank Moran is shaping up. City Democrats have officially nominated Councilman Vic Carstarphen to run for mayor in the June primary, to ultimately succeed Moran who will step down at the end of April citing health reasons. So far, Carstarphen has one ...

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