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Murphy to Partiers: ‘This Is No Time to Be Vying for Induction into the Knucklehead Hall of Fame’

July 29, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Murphy again condemned crowded house parties, which he says are causing the number of new COVID-19 cases to rise in the state during his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday.

He said that over the past four months, New Jersey residents have “crushed the curve,” but was disappointed that over the past four days, there have been roughly 2,000 new positive ...

Murphy Adds $15M to New Jersey's Small Business Grant Program

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – April Scelsa’s story mirrors those of thousands of small business owners whose nail salons, coffee houses and nutrition supplement boutiques wouldn’t have been able to re-open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic without a little help.

Scelsa used money she got from the New Jersey Economic Development Agency (NJEDA) to purchase masks, gloves, ...

Are You Partying Indoors? Governor Murphy Wants You to Stop

TRENTON, NJ — In his Monday press briefing Governor Phil Murphy pleaded with New Jersey’s youth and their parents to protect public health by not holding secret indoor parties and other large indoor gatherings.

“We have many examples of people congregating indoors without face coverings, without social distancing and in close proximity.  There is no good that will ...

$20 Billion in Aid ‘Is a Matter of Survival,' Murphy Says

TRENTON, NJ --- Gov. Phil Murphy said he “is pleading for direct (financial) assistance” in the form of $20 billion from the federal government during his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Friday. 

“We will continue to push for direct aid that New Jersey – and every state that is shouldering the burden of this pandemic – needs to come back stronger ...

Yoga, Pilates Permitted in Limited Settings, Murphy Declares

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy used part of his Wednesday press briefing to clarify Monday’s Executive Order on the resumption of contact drills and practices for high-risk sports and activities.

“All contact activities can only be conducted outside,” the governor said.

Yoga and pilates studios, which are not licensed health clubs, fall under the definition of ...

Murphy Slams GOP Leaders on U.S. Senate Bill Omitting COVID-19 Financial Aid for States

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy took aim at U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for his support of a bill that does not include additional funding for states, such as New Jersey, that have suffered serious economic hardships because of the coronavirus on Wednesday.

“Because of this pandemic, we’re undergoing a fiscal crisis the likes of which has only happened ...

Statue of Liberty Reopens

LIBERTY ISLAND, NY - Although technically in New Jersey, the Statue of Liberty reopened this week as part of the New York City phase 4 effort to emerge from COVID-19 induced closures.

Visitors will not be allowed inside the monument but can access the grounds of the island. Ellis Island will remain closed as will the museums on both islands.

There will be limited food and gift shop ...

31 States Now Fall Under NJ's 14-Day Coronavirus Travel Rule

NEW JERSEY — As of Tuesday, travelers coming into the New Jersey from 31 states are advised to self-quarantine to cull the spread of COVID-19 with the pandemic intensifying across the country. 

“It is critically important that all New Jerseyans remain committed to beating COVID-19 by remaining vigilant and continuing our collective efforts to reduce new cases ...

Murphy Talks Options for Fully Remote Learning for Schools, "High Risk" Sports Drills

TRENTON, NJ - At a press briefing Monday Governor Phil Murphy announced that his Administration would soon be releasing detailed guidance for parents who want their school-aged children to participate in all-remote learning when the new school year commences in September. He did not share any other information, only to note that the state Department of Education would be releasing its ...

NJ Will Begin Tracking COVID 'Hot Spot' Travelers Monday 

NEW JERSEY — Air travelers will he be reminded to put their seats and trays in the upright position, turn off electronic devices — and as of Monday - fill out their electronic surveys.

Despite the latest COVID-19 figures lending to some optimism, Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday that there are currently three areas of heightened concern: young people gathering en masse ...

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Murphy to Partiers: ‘This Is No Time to Be Vying for Induction into the Knucklehead Hall of Fame’

July 29, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Murphy again condemned crowded house parties, which he says are causing the number of new COVID-19 cases to rise in the state during his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday.

He said that over the past four months, New Jersey residents have “crushed the curve,” but was disappointed that over the past four days, there have been roughly 2,000 new positive ...

Murphy Adds $15M to New Jersey's Small Business Grant Program

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – April Scelsa’s story mirrors those of thousands of small business owners whose nail salons, coffee houses and nutrition supplement boutiques wouldn’t have been able to re-open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic without a little help.

Scelsa used money she got from the New Jersey Economic Development Agency (NJEDA) to purchase masks, gloves, ...

Are You Partying Indoors? Governor Murphy Wants You to Stop

TRENTON, NJ — In his Monday press briefing Governor Phil Murphy pleaded with New Jersey’s youth and their parents to protect public health by not holding secret indoor parties and other large indoor gatherings.

“We have many examples of people congregating indoors without face coverings, without social distancing and in close proximity.  There is no good that will ...

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Why Pete Hamill Matters

August 7, 2020

HOBOKEN, NJ - In 2015, just before the centennial of Frank Sinatra’s birth, Pete Hamill appeared at Little City Books to join a stellar panel discussion on the life and times of Hoboken’s famous son. Prior to his appearance, the acclaimed writer was gracious enough to join me for lunch at Leo’s Grandevous for a discussion of his 1998 book, Why Sinatra Matters.

Published just ...

HEROES & JERKS: Jersey City Author Ed Daly Takes a Definitive Look at the Best and Worst of Humankind

JERSEY CITY, NJ – They’ve shaped the world as we know it. They’ve been the driving force in the evolution of our society. They most certainly walk among us today. Some of them are heroes, and some of them are jerks.

Jersey City author Ed Daly felt inclined to examine the impact of these diametrically opposed forces, the yin-yang of humankind, in his probing work titled Heroes ...

All Or Nothing At All: Sinatra Doc Now Airing on Netflix

HOBOKEN, NJ - Frank Sinatra was renowned for giving "All Or Nothing At All." The iconic singer, as temperamental as he was talented, is the focus of Alex Gibney's two-part documentary—profiling Sinatra's meteoric rise and tumultuous, roller coaster career from beginning to end.

Of course that beginning was in Hoboken, where Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All spends a ...

County Officials to Seek New Bids for Construction of Courthouse

August 6, 2020

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Proposals to construct the new county court complex will be rejected and new requests made after three developers submitted prices tens of millions above the county’s projections.

The project which would replace the existing courthouse on Newark Avenue with a new court complex in the same area of Jersey City drew three proposals, all coming in higher than anticipated, ...

Hudson County Parks Reopen After Tropical Storm Isaias Cleanup

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Hudson County’s parks are back open after crews worked “sunup until sundown” Wednesday clearing debris and damage brought on by Tropical Storm Isaias. The remnants of the hurricane swept through Hudson County Tuesday leaving behind a swath of fallen trees and limbs, officials said. 

Saying they wanted to make sure there was no danger programs such as ...

Murphy to Partiers: ‘This Is No Time to Be Vying for Induction into the Knucklehead Hall of Fame’

July 29, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Murphy again condemned crowded house parties, which he says are causing the number of new COVID-19 cases to rise in the state during his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday.

He said that over the past four months, New Jersey residents have “crushed the curve,” but was disappointed that over the past four days, there have been roughly 2,000 new positive ...

Murphy Adds $15M to New Jersey's Small Business Grant Program

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – April Scelsa’s story mirrors those of thousands of small business owners whose nail salons, coffee houses and nutrition supplement boutiques wouldn’t have been able to re-open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic without a little help.

Scelsa used money she got from the New Jersey Economic Development Agency (NJEDA) to purchase masks, gloves, ...

Are You Partying Indoors? Governor Murphy Wants You to Stop

TRENTON, NJ — In his Monday press briefing Governor Phil Murphy pleaded with New Jersey’s youth and their parents to protect public health by not holding secret indoor parties and other large indoor gatherings.

“We have many examples of people congregating indoors without face coverings, without social distancing and in close proximity.  There is no good that will ...

Maridian Properties Implements Enhanced Safety and Health Procedures for Employees and Tenants Returning to Work

July 31, 2020

HOBOKEN, NJ – Maridian Properties, a Hoboken-based real estate developer and property manager with more than 100,000 square feet of commercial space and 200 residential units under management, has implemented a detailed re-occupancy plan that allows its commercial tenants and corporate employees to return to the workplace in a safe and healthy manner.

The plan includes enhanced cleaning ...

Hoboken's 7 Seventy House Luxury Rental Resumes In Person Tours

On-site tours at 7 Seventy House in Hoboken have relaunched with a flourish as pent-up demand has prospective renters leasing at the 424-home luxury apartment building at a feverish pace, according to The Marketing Directors, its exclusive leasing and marketing agent.

With state regulations softened, the leasing and model center at 7 Seventy House has opened by appointment only, and with ...