Government

May 13, 2021

UNION COUNTY, NJ — The Pfizer vaccine opened to children 12 – 15 in New Jersey Wednesday night, state health officials said. The state Health Department in a statement said that following federal authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for children in that age range, it is allowing the vaccine to be ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Touting the benefits of vaccination in curbing the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Phil Murphy at his press briefing today said he anticipates the CDC and the FDA will give the green light to Pfizer’s emergency use authorization application to vaccinate adolescents ages 12 to 15-years-old.

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TRENTON, NJ – To discourage the use of hazing as part of organizations' initiation ceremonies on college campuses, a bill sponsored by Assemblymembers Carol Murphy, Louis Greenwald and Roy Freiman seeks to preempt the return of hazing to New Jersey schools by upgrading the charges for this ...

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NEW JERSEY, NJ  – Science in Donation, a non-profit organization devoted to supporting, educating, and advocating on behalf of the interests or members of the donation and transplant communities, is celebrating Governor Phil Murphy’s signing of a new law that prohibits insurance discrimination ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — The Citizens’ Budget Advisory Committee reported Wednesday on its city budget recommendations to Plainfield council members. A breakdown of code violations and crime statistics, keeping the website current and the development of a volunteer fire group were just some of the ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy announced on Monday his nomination of Colonel Dr. Lisa Hou to serve as Adjutant General and Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA). Hou would be the first woman and first Asian-American to serve in the Adjutant General ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy today delivered a double-dose of reopening news, announcing that seating at bars and restaurant buffets will return on May 7, and all outdoor gathering limits and indoor capacity caps on most businesses will be lifted on May 19. However, he made it clear that social ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy recognized May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in a statement issued May 1.  Official recognition of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month has been a part of the American tradition for more than 40 years. The idea of ...

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NEW JERSEY — Beginning Thursday, walk-in vaccinations are open to all New Jerseyans age 16+ at all six vaccine mega-sites during select times, according to Gov. Phil Murphy, who announced the news in a tweet on Thursday, April 29. Walk-up vaccinations are now available at the Middlesex County ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Three budget presentations were before Plainfield’s City Council on Wednesday. Department heads for IT/Communications, Economic Development, and Finance provided an overview of accomplishments during the past year, and goals for the upcoming year. There was some vigorous ...

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NEW JERSEY -- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revised its masking guidance for fully vaccinated Americans on Tuesday, April 27. The new public health recommendations outlined instances in which fully vaccinated individuals can forgo wearing a mask. This guidance applies to COVID-19 vaccines ...

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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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Datasets from the 2020 U.S. Census Bureau were released Monday, indicating the resident U.S. population on April 1, 2020, was 331,449,281, up 22,703,743 from 308,745,538 ten years earlier; the number represents the total number of people residing in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The ...

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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 of ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted that he will make a major announcement regarding the state's reopening efforts at his Monday press briefing. The governor hinted last week that he would provide updated guidance on high school proms and graduations. “As our key metrics improve and our ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Tuesday's agenda for Plainfield's Historic Preservation Commission meeting includes five new business items, including a Certificate of Appropriateness hearing on 653 Ravine Road in the Netherwood Heights Historic District. The hearing was carried from the March 23 meeting. HPC ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Budget deliberations for the Health & Human Services department, headed by Director Shep Brown, were before Plainfield's City Council Wednesday. The director reviewed the four divisions that fall under his supervision: Health, Community Development, Social Services, and the ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy signed bill A5405, which will direct $10 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund established under the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. This funding will be distributed to seven New ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield Fire Director Kenneth Childress provided an overview of the fire department and its goals at Wednesday’s 2021 calendar year budget deliberation, addressing council members. There are three divisions within the department, he noted, that fall under his purview: Fire ...

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TRENTON – Motorists are now have a new option for their drivers license and non-driver identification cards. A Gender "X" option is now available announced the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. Gender “X” will indicate a gender is unspecified, and it will be offered alongside the existing “M” ...

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NEW JERSEY -- As of Monday, 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 press briefing in Trenton on Monday afternoon. "At ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy has extended his executive powers for another 30 days by declaring a public health emergency in New Jersey for the 14th consecutive time. “Our vaccination program is expanding vigorously and quickly, but COVID-19 remains a threat to New Jerseyans,” said Murphy in ...

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Child care providers throughout the state can apply for grants under legislation signed into law by Gov. Phil Murphy. The legislation, sponsored by state Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz, provides $10 million in federal COVID-19 relief aid for child care providers in need. “Child care providers are ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Despite the side effects reported impacting some young women who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine, Gov. Phil Murphy said that "no one who has received the J&J vaccine should panic or worry."  The governor tried to quell fears as the CDC and FDA called for a pause ...

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PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield council members took steps towards reigning in the use of dirt bikes and ATVs on both public streets and in city parks at its meeting on Monday. The quality of life issue has generated numerous complaints about the prevalence of the vehicles in the city, the excessive ...

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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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Now looking at a $6 billion surplus, state treasurer tells lawmakers it was right to borrow $4 billion amid fears of COVID-19 collapse. 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 ...

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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 — Gov. Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Department of Health issued new COVID-19 travel guidance on Monday, 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 ...

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