Government Top Stories

July 8, 2020

SOMERVILLE, NJ - Hundreds of people waited in line again Wednesday outside the Motor Vehicle Commission office on Roosevelt Place, but unlike yesterday, the line stretched out alongside Route 28 (Union Avenue) instead of snaking through the streets of an adjacent residential ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Face coverings are now required in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not practicable, Gov. Phil Murphy announced via Twitter today before his COVID-19 press conference. The exceptions for individuals under two years old, people who are eating/drinking at an outdoor ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - By late morning, the line of people waiting to get inside the state Motor Vehicle Commission office at 10 Roosevelt Pl. had grown to over 500 people and stretched for several hundred yards down the street and on to Schoolhouse Lane before extending further on to Fieldstone ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed New Jersey's traditional June Primary Election by one month and will dramatically impact how this year's vote will be handled by individual towns and the Somerset County Board of Elections. Tuesday, July 7th is Primary Day, but very few people ...

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BERKELEY TOWNSHIP,  NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy called upon the federal government to mandate face coverings at the spread of COVID-19 surge across the United States' Sunbelt. Murphy said New Jersey is seeing a small spike in cases due to travelers coming into the Garden State from Florida and South ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The historic Wallace House, which served as General George Washington's winter headquarters in 1778-79 was the backdrop for a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence on Saturday, July 4th. Because of COVID-19 social distancing considerations and limits placed on ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy has ordered that the U.S. and New Jersey flags be returned to full staff on Friday, July 3, having been at half-staff since Friday, April 3, in recognition and mourning of all those who have lost their lives and been affected by COVID-19. The flags will return to full ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy has extended New Jersey's COVID-19 public health emergency another 30 days, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. Hospitalizations are down 94 percent from New Jersey's peak and 12 percent from June 17, and the ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Joining the growing support of Juneteenth as a state and national Remembrance Day, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Union) has introduced a measure (ACR-184) urging the United States and the State of New Jersey to designate “Juneteenth” as a federal and State holiday each year to ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Mother Nature and her extended family have begun to re-emerge along the Raritan River following a weekend of abuse from a crowd of 250-300 out-of-town visitors who turned the rock-strewn muddy shoals of Somerville Beach into a sprawling, day-long party, leaving behind piles of ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced the reopening schedule that continues tomorrow – with social distancing and face covering requirements in place – for the following businesses: Casinos, Outdoor amusement parks and water ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Somerville and Somerset County officials have shut down the South Bridge Street access to the Raritan River and Somerville Beach after a crowd of 250-300 people last weekend left behind 980 pounds of trash scattered along the riverbank, raising fears that it could happen again ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension Tuesday prompted by the coronavirus pandemic that allows the State to continue spending through September. Murphy said the three-month gap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended 2020 state ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Felix Ciattarelli was sickened by the sight that greeted him when he walked down the path to the banks of the Raritan River off South Bridge Street Monday morning. Trash was scattered over hundreds of yards beneath the Route 206 highway bridge that crosses over the river between ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Lamont Repollet provided guidance for the reopening of schools in the fall during the governor's daily COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday, June 26.  "Today, we're releasing guidance regarding the reopening ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy defended the state’s new travel advisory amid questions of whether it lacks teeth and suggestions of whether it constitutes retaliation against states that had once imposed restrictions on northeastern states. The advisory, which was announced Wednesday in lockstep ...

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TRENTON, NJ - The 15 members of the Senate Republican caucus sent the following letterto Governor Phil Murphy calling for a real wage freeze for State employees to address a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall, calling the administration’s limited efforts to achieve payroll savings “too little ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders have adopted an amended 2020 budget that preserves needed services for the county’s more than 331,160 citizens, maintains a flat budget, and reduces the tax rate by 1.31%. “Due to the COVID-19 crisis, government at all levels is ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-7th, sat at the end of the conference table in his District office on North Bridge Street and listened intently as 17-year-old Faith Wilson dissected a piece of legislation proposed by Black Lives Matters that seeks redress of social injustices, stricter ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Coronavirus restrictions in place since mid-March in New Jersey continue to be peeled back amid Phase 2 of the state's economic recovery plan, and the state's efforts to combat the disease are proving so successful that New Jersey is one of four states in line to contain it, Governor ...

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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Department of Transportation on Friday announced that the Portal North Bridge replacement—a key component of the broader Gateway Project that includes building a new trans-Hudson rail tunnel—has officially moved forward into the engineering phase of the program. The existing ...

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WASHINGTON - The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted Thursday to advance the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America Act (INVEST in America Act) to the House Floor. This comprehensive bill will revitalize America's aging ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced during his daily COVID-19 press conference today that indoor portions of retail shopping malls may reopen on Monday, June 29. It won't be business as usual, however. He is requiring masks to be worn, and all stores will be limited to 50% capacity.

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – In preparation for the July 7th Democratic and Republican Primaries, the Somerset County Clerk’s Office is sending out Vote By Mail ballots to every registered Democrat and Republican. The ballots will begin arriving in mailboxes this weekend in large envelopes with a bright red ...

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TRENTON, NJ - When Stage 2 of New Jersey’s COVID-19 restart and recovery plan takes its first steps Monday, it will allow for outdoor dining and in-person retail shopping. The Asbury Park City Council has decided to take it one step further - contrary to Gov. Phil Murphy's executive order  ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy today lifted his executive order requiring New Jersey residents to stay at home, and has lifted a limit on outdoor gatherings and indoor gatherings aimed primarily at accommodating the state's faith-based communities and houses of worship. The lifting of "these ...

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TRENTON, NJ — While guidance is still forthcoming, municipal and private swimming pools will be able to reopen June 22, the first day after summer begins.  “[In addition] summer camps will be able to use their pools when they reopen on July 6,” Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday during his daily ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy have scheduled coronavirus tests after they marched alongside protestors taking to the streets against police brutality Sunday in Hillside and Westfield.  But some in New Jersey, including at least one Republican lawmaker, claim the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday said he intends to nominate Fabiana Pierre-Louis to the New Jersey Supreme Court .She would become the first black woman to serve as a chief justice, eliminating New Jersey from a list of 33 states that do not have a black woman serving on their top ...

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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Interfaith Community Action Network is hosting a Virtual Vigil on Zoom for Justice and Peace in Memory of George Floyd on Sunday, June 7, at 3 p.m. Shanel Robinson, director of the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, will be the keynote speaker and will be joined ...

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