Archive for Tag: Brian Bergen

Vaccine priorities are out of order, says Bergen

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Brian Bergen questioned the Murphy administration’s decision Wednesday to leave off 116,000 public school teachers from the newly announced list of those eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. Instead, smokers are eligible for the early round of vaccination. “I am appalled that the Murphy administration would...

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Families at risk of losing Earned Income Tax Credit, GOP lawmakers propose solution

TRENTON, N.J. – Taxpayers that have lower earned income this year could be receiving a lower tax credit from the federal government, and consequentially from state government, because of economic shutdowns resulting from the pandemic response. Assemblymen Brian Bergen, Hal Wirths and John Catalano want to make sure working...

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Pennsylvania’s close, but no cigar says NJ GOP lawmaker

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey’s wholesale cigar tax could go up in smoke under a bill introduced by Assemblyman Brian Bergen to win business back from Pennsylvania — one of two states that does not tax medium- to large-size premium cigars. “New Jersey currently taxes cigars at 30 percent...

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Murphy’s new limits are without merit, say Bergen and DiMaso

TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Phil Murphy announced new limits on outdoor gatherings to 25 people from 150 people among other restrictions. This comes as the Covid-19 transmission rate has dropped over the last three days and hospitalizations have fluctuated recently. Deaths have remained low. “The legislature has resolved itself...

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Bipartisan backing for Made in New Jersey tax credit measure supports state-sourced goods and jobs

TRENTON, N.J. – Investing in state-made products supports a sound economy and stable jobs said Assemblymen Brian Bergen and Bill Moen, who introduced the Made in New Jersey Tax Credit Act this week. “Now is the time to show businesses we are serious about supporting their productivity and getting...

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Indoor sports should mean expanded indoor dining, says Bergen

TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Monday allowing indoor contact sports, such as basketball and hockey, to resume as long as capacity is limited to 25 percent. The stated reason for capacity limits is to enforce social distancing, but sports require constant close contact with...

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GOP lawmakers fume as Murphy administration absent (again) at hearing

TRENTON, N.J. – Five Republican lawmakers expressed frustration Wednesday after the Murphy administration did not testify during Assembly hearings examining the response of utility companies to massive power outages during Tropical Storm Isaias. “It’s unconscionable for any administration to refuse to answer questions from constituents who have reached out...

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