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NJ Restaurant Association CEO Predicts More Closures if Indoor Dining Doesn't Return Soon

July 6, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy surprised restaurant owners who had been preparing for the return of indoor dining on Thursday, July 2, by announcing just four days before that indoor seating would be delayed indefinitely. 

Having spent money ordering food, retraining workers, and purchasing PPE and cleaning supplies, restaurant owners were justifiably upset when he postponed the ...

Jersey City Nightclub Cited for Hosting "Hundreds" of Patrons Indoors Without Masks

JERSEY CITY, NJ —A popular venue in Jersey City has been cited for having patrons indoors with no masks and little sign of social distancing.

"The Factory on Communipaw has regularly violated COVID restrictions throughout the pandemic," said Jersey City Chief Prosecutor Jake Hudnut, via twitter. "100s of people inside w/ no masks twice this weekend. JCPD summonses were ...

Murphy Indefinitely Postpones Indoor Dining in New Jersey

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 -- would resume.

Murphy pointed to packed crowds at outdoor bars and restaurants -- with ...

Governor Murphy Signs Bill Limiting Excessive Third-Party Delivery Fees During a State of Emergency

TRENTON, NJ – Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (S2437) Friday which limits service fees charged to restaurants by third-party delivery applications and websites during state of emergencies. The legislation provides relief to restaurants across New Jersey that have faced excessive fees while being limited to takeout and delivery service.

Both Jersey City and Hoboken ...

Microbreweries, Brew Pubs Could Qualify for EDA Assistance Under New Legislation

TRENTON, NJ --  The local microbrewery or brew pub that has been closed for months because of COVID-19 could be getting a helping hand under a proposal moving through the New Jersey State Legislature.

Senate Bill 2463 (S-2463), sponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein, would expand an existing New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA) loan program to include small producers or ...

How Jersey City's Miss America Diner Adapted to and Survived Coronavirus

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Tony Margetis, owner of Miss America Diner in Jersey City, knew he had to do something to protect his employees and his customers when the state declared a State of Emergency in March.

“I have good customers and loyal employees,” he said.

So, when he discovered that he could still operate his diner, provided he either delivered meals to people or ...

Murphy Says Restaurant, Retail Workers Will Be Required To Undergo Daily Temperature Checks

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a series of guidelines Thursday for the thousands of bars and restaurants across the state to follow when they begin to welcome back patrons on June 15.

Although non-essential retail businesses will follow familiar rules that have been observed for months at supermarkets, pharmacies and other essential businesses, there could be a decided lack ...

Outdoor Dining in NJ Can Return June 15, With Rules For Establishments to Expand Footprint

TRENTON, NJ — Garden State eateries continuing to hurt because of COVID-19 will get further relief June 15 when the state will begin allowing for in-person outdoor dining.

Gov. Phil Murphy, in announcing the executive order Wednesday, said he himself has a reservation for June 15 although he didn’t say where.

“I hope folks with some confidence feel they can get ...

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MVC Deadlines Extended, Customers Asked Not to Blame Staff

July 11, 2020

NEW JERSEY — While asking New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) customers not to crowd or hunker down overnight at local agencies, Gov. Phil Murphy outlined a set of extensions Friday during his coronavirus briefing in Trenton.

Expiration dates have been lengthened for driver’s licenses, non-driver identification, vehicle registrations, inspections, and temporary tags. Any ...

Top State Lawmakers Support Effort to Amend County Legislator Titles

NEW JERSEY — Removing “freeholder” from New Jersey’s 21 county legislative boards will mean the country’s full eradication of the title — which has been called confusing, insensitive and racist.

The inspiration for the change came from Union County Freeholder Angela Garretson, who broached the subject with Gov. Phil Murphy and State Senate President Stephen ...

FAY IT AIN'T SO: Tropical Storm Warning as System Set to Hit New Jersey Friday

MIAMI - The National Hurricane Center has just issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Cape May, New Jersey through Watch Hill, Rhode Island, as thunderstorms off the Carolinas have developed into an organized system. On Friday, coastal areas are facing anywhere from 3-5 inches of rainfall and winds upwards of 45 miles per hour.

"One of the main threats associated with Tropical Storm Fay will ...

2020 General Election Policies

July 8, 2020

TAPinto is a network of more than 80 award-winning objective online local news sites. While we accept Letters to the Editor, we do not have an Editorial Page and do not provide our opinion on any elections or issues.  We do not endorse candidates.

Like hardcopy newspaper, television, radio and other media, TAPinto provides opportunities for candidates to advertise.  Such advertising ...

Rising Tide Capital Expands Partnerships to Support the Recovery of Black Businesses and Other Historically Underserved Entrepreneurs in New Jersey

Recently, Rising Tide Capital (Rising Tide), a national nonprofit headquartered in New Jersey, was selected as one of PayPal’s Nonprofit Community Partners to distribute a portion of its $5 million small business grant program. PayPal’s $5 million fund is part of a larger $530 million commitment to provide immediate financial relief, sustained support, and long-term investment to ...

First Move-Ins Underway at BeLa in Jersey City's Bergen-Lafayette

The first residents have begun moving into BeLa, a new luxury rental building located in Jersey City’s Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood. The exciting milestone follows the successful launch of leasing at BeLa through 3D virtual tours which are now complemented by in-person presentations by appointment only.

Located at 74 Maple Street, BeLa is quickly drawing renters from both sides of ...

LIUNA Laborers Local 3 Endorse Representative Albio Sires

July 7, 2020

Paul Roldan, Business Management, LIUNA Laborers Local 3, offered the following endorsement of US Representative Albio Sires:

The men and women of LIUNA Laborers Local 3 are proud to endorse the reelection of Representative Albio Sires. Throughout his career as an elected official, first as a mayor, then as Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly, and now, serving in the US House of ...

The Voice of a Poet: To Those Leaving Elementary School in June 2020

I imagine that, for some of you, being graduated by your elementary school doesn’t feel like much at all—just another day in your house, trying to stay out of your parents’ way while they dutifully work from their makeshift home offices.

But you’d be wrong to think that this isn’t much at all. This is a momentous occasion. You have done what no generation of ...