Government

May 13, 2021

North Ward Councilman Anibal Ramos Jr. and Councilman-at-Large Luis Quintana were among 29 New Jersey residents named by Governor Phil Murphy to the New Jersey Puerto Rican Commission. The commission, which was established under legislation signed into law by Governor Murphy in January 2020, ...

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NEWARK, NJ —  Newark parents and guardians will be able to register their children between the ages of 12 and older for a Pfizer vaccine after state health officials on Wednesday authorized eligibility for that age range.   “With today’s recommendations, following the Food and Drug ...

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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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NEW JERSEY -- As of today, New Jersey residents ages 16 and up are now eligible to get vaccinated.  "Today, everyone who lives, works, or studies in New Jersey, ages 16+, is now eligible to be vaccinated," Gov. Phil Murphy said during his COVID-19 press briefing in Trenton on Monday afternoon.

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NEWARK, NJ — The Newark Municipal Council on Tuesday proposed an ordinance that will increase the maximum amount of Live Newark closing cost loans and façade improvement loans aimed to help homeowners during the pandemic.   The ordinance, proposed by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, raises Live Newark ...

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NEWARK, NJ — In the wake of recent mass shootings that have left dozens killed, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka on Thursday joined dignitaries across the nation at the White House Rose Garden as President Joe Biden unveiled a set of executive actions to address gun violence.  Calling the matter a ...

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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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NEWARK, NJ — A quick look at a map shows that most of New Jersey's highly trafficked train lines lead to Newark. Recognizing this fact, Governor Phil Murphy came to Newark to say that he believes federal funds will soon be flowing to the Garden State through President Joe Biden's proposed $2 ...

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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 ssued 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 updated ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced that 4,030,061 vaccinations have been administered throughout the state and that 1,473,409 New Jerseyans are fully vaccinated during press briefing today where he also reported a list of updates to citizens about the State’s evolving COVID-19 measures as ...

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NEWARK, NJ – In the wake of two mass shootings, one in Georgia and another in Colorado which claimed the lives of 18 people, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka on Friday joined Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez to address the issue of gun violence at a local level.  Calling on Congress and President ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The city of Newark is stepping up its efforts to promote community-driven public safety.  Moving to address rising violence in urban communities, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka on Thursday announced the city will join The Community Based Public Safety Association (CBSPA), an initiative ...

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LIVINGSTON, NJ — As part of Women’s History Month, the Livingston Township Council hosted a virtual ceremony on Monday to commemorate Essex County’s first-ever female mayor Doris Beck, who served as Livingston’s mayor twice during her eight years on the council and whose sons, Bruce and Steven ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy said doesn't expect to loosen any more COVID-19 restrictions because of the recent rise in variant strains of the disease. On March 19, the state of New Jersey expanded capacity at indoor businesses, such as restaurants and gyms, but the governor said that is ...

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NEWARK, NJ — An ordinance that once prohibited developers from entering into contracts with the city to contribute funds to political candidates and parties was repealed by the Newark City Council this week.  The ordinance passed by city council on Wednesday nullified a prior rule adopted in May ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Joined by several panelists, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka on Wednesday discussed the relationship between the wealth gap in America and systemic racism, and how officials in Newark are tackling the issue at a local level.  In Newark’s Black and Latinx households, there is lag across ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark is slated to receive nearly $182 million in aid as part of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package signed by President Joe Biden on Thursday.  With Newark having suffered some of the highest reported positive cases and COVID-related deaths in the state since the pandemic ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy is expanding indoor gathering limits for businesses in New Jersey to 50% effective Friday, March 19, to the delight of several Newark bar and restaurant owners who expressed some optimism. However, local restrictions may remain in place as Newark businesses await ...

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NEWARK, NJ — After Essex County resident, Luis Torres, suffered the loss of several people close to him in just a short span of time due to COVID-19, he made sure he was on the list of 250 registered recipients when Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine rolled into the Branch Brook Park Cherry Blossom ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Anyone planning a wedding can expand the guest list now, following Gov. Phil Murphy's COVID press briefing in Trenton on Wednesday, when he announced that wedding receptions may proceed at 35% of a venue’s indoor capacity (up to 150 persons) and up to 150 people outdoors. Indoor ...

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Gov. Phil Murphy had less than two weeks to act with more than $700 million in overdue bills pending. Special to TAPinto.net. This story was written and produced by NJ Spotlight. It is being republished under a special NJ News Commons content-sharing agreement related to COVID-19 coverage. To ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Hospitals in Newark will be able to keep their non-profit status as long as they make a yearly contribution to their municipalities, under a new law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy recently. It comes after a Tax Court of New Jersey ruling in 2015 subjected Morristown Medical Center to ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy provided during his COVID press briefing on Wednesday some positive news about testing sites and vaccinations. He said the 1,758,979 total vaccine doses (1,192,364 first doses, and 566,441 second doses) have been administered as of this morning.  He also was proud ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy delivered his annual budget address on Tuesday by outlining a Fiscal Year 2022 Budget (FY2022) that includes investments to help New Jersey emerge from the pandemic stronger, fairer, and more resilient. The governor said that he was proud to unveil this budget, ...

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NEW JERSEY — Around midday Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills to legalize recreational marijuana-use and establish a regulated cannabis market within the next six months. The legislation will allow for adults to legally possess as much as six ounces of marijuana and mean relief for ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A program initiative initially based in Newark to provide capital to the city’s Black and Latinx business owners and communities is now planned to expand across the state.  The Newark FAM Fund (Newark 40 Acres and a Mule Fund), which launched in 2020, is seeking to raise $100 ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark Mayor Ras Baraka stood alongside several community religious leaders on Wednesday as they received their COVID-19 vaccines, encouraging residents to follow suit.  A week after Essex County officials announced a partnership with faith leaders of the area’s Black and brown ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Newark's police and fire divisions as well as its Office of Emergency Management will be headed by a 20-year veteran of the city police department once Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose retires on March 31. Mayor Ras Baraka today appointed Acting Deputy Chief of Police ...

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