Government

June 5, 2020

TRENTON, NJ -- Some good news for teenagers who have been patiently (and not so patiently) waiting to get their drivers licenses. Gov. Phil Murphy and Chief Administrator Sue Fulton of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) on Friday announced plans for a phased reopening of MVC ...

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TRENTON – Gov. Phil Murphy has signed Executive Order No. 151, which extends the Public Health Emergency originally declared on March 9, 2020. This order has been extended twice before (on April 7, and again on May 6). Under the Emergency Health Powers Act, a declared public health emergency ...

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Special to TAPintoSPF. 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 read more, visit njspotlight.com. Legislation that would give Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration the ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Wednesday that the state needs to "directly and aggressively confront the challenge" of preventing the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities. “The sad fact is that eldercare is a national problem and, too often, a national failure. During ...

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Special to TAPintoSPF. 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 read more, visit njspotlight.com. At his June 1 media briefing, Gov. Phil Murphy urged patience on ...

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TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy and Attorney General Gurbir Grewal spoke yesterday about ongoing initiatives that advance the Administration’s goal of strengthening trust between police officers and the communities they serve in New Jersey. Their announcement included updates on initiatives ...

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Special to TAPintoSPF. 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 read more, visit njspotlight.com. Efforts to find savings in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic took ...

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UNION COUNTY, NJ -- As of Monday, June 1, job seekers in Union County can use the new Union County Works website to find job openings, job training and education opportunities, help create resumes, and more. It is the first county-based "virtual one-stop" employment service in New Jersey. Union ...

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NEW JERSEY -- Claiming that Gov. Phil Murphy and State Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli could have done more to save the lives of the elderly, a group Health Dept. workers wrote to state lawmakers to say they "have no idea what specific data points the governor uses to make decisions, because ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Scotch Plains's Coronavirus website reports a total of 273 positive cases and 13 deaths (none since May 10). According to the Westfield Regional Health Department, Fanwood's number remains at 92 cases and 11 deaths, where it has been for several weeks. Union County currently has a ...

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Special to TAPintoSPF. 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 read more, visit njspotlight.com. Emergency-borrowing legislation that Gov. Phil Murphy wants lawmakers ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey had 868 new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday evening, May 30, pushing the state's total to 160,445. Of those cases: 2,469 are in hospitals, 522 are in critical or intensive care, and 378 are on ventilators, according to Gov. Phil Murphy. Additionally, ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- New Jersey had another 910 new confirmed positive cases of COVID-19, pushing our total to 159,608, Gov. Phil Murphy reported on Saturday via Twitter. Of the patients reported, 2,626 are in hospitals, 672 are in critical or intensive care, and 499 are on ventilator, according to ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Mayor Al Smith, Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo, and Council members Elizabeth Stamler and Roc White, Deputy Township Manager Margaret Heisey, and Redevelopment/Census Coordinator Tom Strowe all attended the Scotch Plains Farmers Market on Saturday in another push for participation ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy closed out his daily COVID-19 press conference on Friday with comments about the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white police officer in Minneapolis kept his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes. "George Floyd should be alive today – ...

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  Special to TAPintoSPF. 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 read more, visit njspotlight.com. Gov. Phil Murphy and state Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- The reopening process for the State of New Jersey continues as Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday announced that he has lifted restrictions for daycare centers, summer camps, and non-contact youth sports. The reopening dates are: Child care centers (June 15) Non-contact organized ...

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WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act, a bipartisan bill to provide needed flexibility for small business owners amid the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. Representative Tom Malinowski (D, NJ-7) co-sponsored the ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Township Council voted unanimously to approve its 2020 municipal budget, totaling $26 million which includes a zero tax increase for the municipal portion of tax levy, during the governing body's meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.  The budget pie is cut into ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- While parents and students of New Jersey high schools rejoiced in finally getting guidance on graduations at Gov. Phil Murphy's press conference on Tuesday, questions regarding whether area pools will open this summer remain unanswered. "I will just comment that outdoor pools are ...

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WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Representative Tom Malinowski (D, NJ-7) today spoke on the House Floor to call on Congress to provide direct federal aid to state and local governments in otder to help them cover costs for the salaries of police officers, firefighters, and teachers, among other government ...

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Special to TAPintoSPF. 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 read more, visit njspotlight.com. Contact tracing is going to be a crucial part of trying to contain the ...

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Special to TAPintoSPF. 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 read more, visit njspotlight.com. Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration has laid out a series of spending ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Sunday, May 24, via his Twitter account that New Jersey had 1,065 new confirmed positive cases of COVID19, bringing the state total to 154,154. Of those cases, 2,857 are in hospitals, 760 are in critical or intensive care, and 639 are on ventilators. The ...

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TRENTON, NJ --  Fire up the grills for your Memorial Day BBQ. Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his Friday press conference that he is signing a new Executive Order lifting the limit on outdoor gatherings from 10 to 25 individuals. The governor reminded people that social distancing must be ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- During the daily COVID-19 press conference in Trenton on Thursday, Gov. Phil Murphy and NJ Department of Labor Robert Asaro-Angelo reported that the state’s unemployment rate has hit 15.3%.  Gov. Murphy, who is coming under increasing pressure from small business owners to reopen ...

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Special to TAPintoSPF. 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 read more, visit njspotlight.com. Not all legislators, some Democrats included, are happy that Gov. Phil ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced today at his daily COVID-19 press conference that beginning Friday, May 22, New Jerseyans will be able to take a self-administered, self-swab COVID-19 test at seven Walmart locations across the state in Burlington, Flemington, Garfield, Howell, Kearney, ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- At his daily COVID-19 press conference on Tuesday, Gov. Phil Murphy announced that NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, along with the State Division of Consumer Affairs, has authorized the more than 18,000 licensed pharmacists  to administer FDA approved or authorized COVID-19 tests ...

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TRENTON — Gov. Phil Murphy and State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan announced on Tuesday an Administrative Order authorizing in-person sales to resume at car dealerships, motorcycle dealerships, boat dealerships, and bike shops, by appointment only and with social distancing measures in place. The ...

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