New Jersey 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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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Even in this era where statues of explorers are being dismantled, schools named after presidents are being rebranded and sports teams are replacing racially insensitive nicknames, don't expect Rutgers to change its name. The subject was raised to new university president ...

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TRENTON, NJ  — Newly-released COVID-19 figures that show New Jersey might be headed in the wrong direction could mean the state will be forced to remain in Stage 2 of its recovery plan longer than expected. Gov. Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said Monday during the state’s ...

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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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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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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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TRENTON, NJ - State Sen. Kip Bateman, R-16th is not happy that Gov. Phil Murphy made a unilateral decision Monday to keep indoor restaurants closed indefinitely; he provided no timetable as to when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- would resume. Indoor dining was originally scheduled ...

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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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TRENTON, NJ -- Although he planned to loosen restrictions on indoor dining in New Jersey on Thursday, July 2, Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press conference Monday that he will delay the reopening. He provided no timetable of when indoor dining -- even at reduced capacity -- ...

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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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TRENTON, NJ – The state is hiring more than 200 contact tracers as part of its ongoing fight against COVID-19, Governor Phil Murphy announced at his daily press conference Wednesday afternoon. “There are more than 230 tracers being on-boarded,” Murphy said. This is in addition to the 900 tracers ...

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TRENTON, NJ -  Amusement park rides, water parks and playgrounds will re-open in time for July 4th weekend, at 50 percent capacity and other COVID-19 protocols in place. “It's just a coincidence that it's a scorcher outside today, but today we are announcing that outdoor amusement parks and ...

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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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FLEMINGTON, NJ — A Pittstown area woman, in response to Flemington Borough Mayor Betsy Driver’s decision to have the controversial blue line down the center of Main Street removed, organized a protest in support of law enforcement Saturday at the old courthouse that ended in attendees using chalk ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Months of isolation for many of New Jersey's 70,000 long-term care residents will end on Father’s Day, as restrictions on visits imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic have been lifted.  State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli on Friday announced that outdoor visits only will be ...

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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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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Rutgers University Board of Governors has approved a tuition and fee freeze for undergraduates for the 2020-2021 academic year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “While tuition and fee increases have been consistently low over the last five years, the Board of ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy is hailing a new directive that requires hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the state to reveal the names of cops who have been reprimanded or fired as “a step forward for transparency.” The order from Attorney General Gurbir Grewal’s office will require ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Low-risk competitive youth sports such as golf and tennis can resume as early as Monday as Gov. Phil Murphy continues to steer the state down the road to re-opening. Other youth sports that are considered medium or high risks of transmission of COVID-19 will be allowed to start up ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Following a vote by Asbury Park city council to allow restaurants to serve patrons indoors this week, the state has filed suit against the municipality to stop the violation of Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order in its tracks.  While New Jersey’s transmission rates continue to show ...

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BRIDGEWATER NJ -  Somerset Patriots Chairman Emeritus Steve Kalafer has been nominated for the New Jersey Hall of Fame Class of 2019-20. “I have used this line before, but for the Academy Awards, it’s an honor to just be nominated,” said Kalafer. “In all seriousness, to even be considered as a ...

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TRENTON, NJ -  A month ago today, the judge who sits in both Barnegat and Ocean Township began hearing municipal court cases. Judge Philip M. Miller joined judges in other communities throughout the state in hearing select cases by remote access. This week, the Supreme Court released information ...

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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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