Archive for Tag: coronavirus

Vaccination distribution plans should include senior communities say Shore lawmakers

TRENTON, N.J. – Sen. Robert Singer and Assemblymen Sean Kean and Ned Thomson (R-Monmouth/Ocean) are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy to ensure vaccinations can be provided in senior communities and to allocate the resources needed for such a program. “We have heard from many constituents who live in adult...

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Assembly approves Dancer bill extending early pension benefits for police and firefighters

TRENTON, N.J. – A bill sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer and advanced by the Assembly today would help police and firefighters facing burnout from pandemic service by temporarily allowing them to retire, regardless of their age, if they have served for 20 years. Under the bill (A2562), members of...

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DeCroce bill requiring state to stockpile PPE advances to governor

TRENTON, N.J. – A shortage of personal protective equipment at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic proved to be one of the state’s biggest public health challenges. A bill, sponsored by Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, preventing such a crisis and encouraging equipment manufacturing was back in the Assembly today to...

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Dunn bill designating March 9 as Covid-19 Heroes Day goes to governor

TRENTON, N.J. – In recognition of New Jersey’s essential employees who have provided necessary services during the worst public health crisis in modern history, the Assembly approved Assemblywoman Aura Dunn’s resolution designating March 9 as Covid-19 Heroes Day. “We couldn’t have survived this past year if it weren’t for...

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Assemblyman Peterson announces lawsuit against the Murphy administration for refusing to provide coronavirus information

CLINTON, N.J. – On behalf of shuttered businesses, unemployed workers, and the families of New Jersey, Hunterdon County Republican Assemblyman Erik Peterson announced he is filing a lawsuit against Gov. Phil Murphy and his administration. The lawsuit challenges Murphy for refusing to provide the public health information that is...

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Assembly advances Dunn’s legislation moving driver’s license exams online

TRENTON, N.J. – In an effort to address the massive backlog at New Jersey’s Motor Vehicle Commission agencies and hours-long wait times, the Assembly Appropriations Committee advanced legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Aura Dunn to make the written portion of the driver’s license exam available online during the Covid-19 public...

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Lawmakers call on state to prioritize cancer patients with Covid vaccines

TRENTON, N.J. – The three lawmakers from the 23rd Legislative District are concerned about the lack of vaccines for patients at the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Basking Ridge, as well as other institutions that serve cancer patients, and have reached out to state officials to ask that they...

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Thomson calls for Murphy to expand antibody testing after new Hackensack Meridian Health study

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Edward Thomson is calling for Gov. Phil Murphy to expand antibody testing in New Jersey as part of efforts to combat Covid-19 and safely reopen more of the state. “Expanding our antibody testing can be a valuable part of our approach to defeating Covid and...

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DeCroce says schools should skip standardized tests, focus on statewide plan to open schools

PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Forcing school children to take standardized tests this year would be an unnecessary burden heaped on students, parents and teachers, says Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, a member of the Joint Committee on Public Schools. “I don’t know what of value would be gained by forcing students to...

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Dancer bill would allow public comment during meetings held by all public agencies

TRENTON, N.J. – Members of the public would be granted at least three minutes each to speak during meetings involving public bodies under a bill introduced by Assemblyman Ron Dancer. The bill (A5287) expands New Jersey’s Open Public Meetings Act by requiring all public entities, not just municipal governing...

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