Archive for Tag: coronavirus

Bramnick to Health Commissioner: Meet with the parents

TRENTON, N.J. – Following his hearing on Gov. Phil Murphy’s school mask mandate on Friday, Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick urged state Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli to meet with parents to hear their concerns. “During Friday’s hearing we received testimony from parents about the effect of the school mask...

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Bramnick: Reopen unemployment offices now

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey is almost reopened with a glaring exception: unemployment and career service offices. Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick is calling for the immediate reopening of the offices with extended hours to resolve outstanding unemployment claims and match people out of work with available job opportunities. “Thousands...

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Bill to extend Murphy’s powers violates the constitution under the single purpose rule

TRENTON, N.J. – The single-subject rule is a state constitutional requirement that initiatives address a single subject, topic, or issue. As written, the Democrat’s bill is too broad, permitting 14 executive orders to remain in place which deal with many different subjects including liquor licenses, statutory deadlines, vaccination, and...

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Judge sides with GOP lawmaker, Murphy administration must hand over Covid data used to justify state shutdowns by June 11

TRENTON, N.J. – In a victory for greater transparency and in pursuit of the truth, Assemblyman Erik Peterson was granted access to the N.J. Department of Health N.J. Department of Health’s county-level Covid-19 data by state Superior Court Judge Mary C. Jacobson Tuesday. The state has until June 11...

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School mask mandate a ‘joke’ says GOP assemblyman

TRENTON, N.J. – On Monday Gov. Phil Murphy announced that we should expect to see children wearing masks at school in the fall. Assemblyman Brian Bergen called the announcement a “joke.” In a session of the state Assembly on May 20, Bergen put Democrats on notice to start doing...

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Hiding in plain sight, Murphy suppresses bad job numbers

TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey did not release weekly unemployment claims last week for the first time since the unemployment skyrocketed at the beginning of the pandemic. Every Thursday the state Labor Department puts out a press release on weekly unemployment claims and how much recipients have been paid...

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Assembly sends Dunn bill increasing strangulation penalties in domestic violence cases to governor’s desk

TRENTON, N.J. – By unanimous vote, the Assembly passed Assemblywoman Aura Dunn’s bill increasing penalties for domestic abusers who strangle their partners. Currently a third-degree crime, the bill (A4588/S2503) makes strangulation a second-degree crime in domestic violence cases. Prison time would double to up to 10 years from five...

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Assembly passes DeCroce bill addressing state PPE shortage

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, to prevent such a crisis was back in the Assembly today to concur with the...

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DiMaso’s election integrity bill package calls for increased security, automatic recounts

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso introduced a three-bill package this week enhancing ballot security, establishing a permanent electronic petition process, and requiring an automatic recount in the event an election comes down to a 0.5% vote difference. “Voters will mistrust our democratic process if elections are not secure....

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