Government

July 10, 2020

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 ...

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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, ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- During the press conference in Trenton today, Gov. Phil Murphy addressed the frustrations of New Jerseyans who waited in long lines at the state's Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) facilities when they reopened this week. "I completely understand the frustration felt by every ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Face coverings are now required in outdoor public spaces when social distancing is not practicable, Gov. Phil Murphy announced via Twitter today before his COVID-19 press conference. The exceptions for individuals under two years old, people who are eating/drinking at an outdoor ...

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TRENTON, NJ  — Newly-released COVID-19 figures that show New Jersey maybe heading in the wrong direction could mean the state will be forced to remain in Stage 2 of its recovery plan longer than expected. Gov. Phil Murphy and Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said Monday during the state’s ...

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BERKELEY TOWNSHIP,  NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy called upon the federal government to mandate face coverings at the spread of COVID-19 surge across the United States' Sunbelt. Murphy said New Jersey is seeing a small spike in cases due to travelers coming into the Garden State from Florida and South ...

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NEW JERSEY -  Flags in New Jersey will return to full-staff, announced Governor Murphy. The governor has issued Executive Order Number 160 to direct that all flags across the state be flown high beginning Friday July, 3.  The flag of the United States of America and the flag of New Jersey shall ...

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TRENTON, NJ -- Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing on Thursday that he has extended New Jersey's public health emergency another 30 days due to the coronavirus, even though the spread of the disease has slowed significantly by many important measures. For instance, ...

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WAYNE, NJ – During a video update filmed at this office and posted Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Chris Vergano warned residents of the dangers of fireworks and let residents know that there would be additional Wayne Police patrolling the streets on the nights of July 2, 3 and 4. “The Wayne Township ...

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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. After signing a stopgap budget into law Tuesday to keep the state open for another three ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Gov. Phil Murphy announced today he signed a three-month $7.6 billion budget extension prompted by the coronavirus pandemic that allows the State to continue spending through September. Murphy said the three-month gap budget, which authorizes state spending through the extended ...

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TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Phil Murphy defended the state’s new travel advisory amid questions of whether it lacks teeth and suggestions of whether it constitutes retaliation against states that had once imposed restrictions on northeastern states. The advisory, which was announced Wednesday in lockstep ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Recently, the organizers of the Black Lives Matter protest in Wayne met with Mayor Chris Vergano and the new, incoming Town Business Administrator Talib Aquil to discuss areas of racism within Wayne, including education, police reform, affordable housing and desegregation ...

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TRENTON, NJ— Amusement park rides, water parks and playgrounds will re-open in time for July 4th weekend, with 50% capacity and other COVID-19 protocols. “It's just a coincidence that it's a scorcher outside today, but today we are announcing that outdoor amusement parks and water parks will be ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Coronavirus restrictions in place since mid-March in New Jersey continue to be peeled back amid Phase 2 of the state's economic recovery plan, and the state's efforts to combat the disease are proving so successful that New Jersey is one of four states in line to contain it, Governor ...

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WAYNE, NJ – The Wayne Township Council usually meets twice per month, but since the pandemic, the council has been meeting only once per month.  This month’s meeting was on June 17 and was held virtually via Zoom. The President of the Council, Joe Scuralli has been on a medical leave following ...

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Update: The south Jersey investment is $300 to $400 million, not $3 to $4 million as originally reported. NEW JERSEY - Salem County has been slated for a 200-acre off shore wind port, per the governor who announced the $500 million impact on the state's economy at today's COVID-19 press ...

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WAYNE, NJ — The State of New Jersey is suing the city of Asbury Park for defying the Governor’s executive orders.  The Asbury Park city council voted to allow restaurants to serve patrons indoors and this goes against Gov. Phil Murphy’s reopening plan. Wayne Township, under Mayor Chris Vergano’s ...

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TRENTON, NJ — Following a vote by Asbury Park city council to allow restaurants to serve patrons indoors this week, the state has filed suit against the municipality to stop the violation of Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order in its tracks.  While New Jersey’s transmission rates continue to show ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy today laid out details about one of his administration's key efforts to prepare and respond to the second wave of the virus that most public health professionals, and policymakers, have said will come. “It’s not a question of ‘if’ the virus will come back,” ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver introduced the implementation of a temporary rental assistance program. According to Oliver, the state plans to apply at least $100M to begin the short-term rental assistance program. The funding primarily comes from money received from the federal ...

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TRENTON, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy today lifted his executive order requiring New Jersey residents to stay at home, and has lifted a limit on outdoor gatherings and indoor gatherings aimed primarily at accommodating the state's faith-based communities and houses of worship. The lifting of "these ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy have scheduled coronavirus tests after they marched alongside protestors taking to the streets against police brutality Sunday in Hillside and Westfield.  But some in New Jersey, including at least one Republican lawmaker, claim the ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Earlier, it was reported that Wayne Township was stepping in to “facilitate” the high school graduations for both Wayne Valley and Wayne Hills class of 2020.  Mayor Chris Vergano spoke with TAPinto to provide more detail on the genesis of the event.   “I notified Dr. Toback yesterday ...

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WAYNE, NJ – Wayne Township is stepping in, under the direction of Mayor Chris Vergano to “facilitate” a graduation ceremony for the Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley Class of 2020, according to an announcement on the Township website.  These will be two separate events, one for each school.  “The ...

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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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