Archive for Tag: COVID-19

DePhillips introduces bill to modernize state’s unemployment system, calls for audit and cost estimates

TRENTON, N.J. – The state’s half-century-old unemployment system that was crushed by the weight of record-setting unemployment claims this year will be audited under legislation (A4359) introduced by Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips. “The unemployment insurance system has put thousands of residents in a financial bind,” said DePhillips (R-Bergen). “We need...

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GOP lawmakers say Democrats shouldn’t prioritize prisoners over elderly, should hold Murphy accountable

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblymen Erik Peterson and Robert Auth want Democrats to start showing the same care for the elderly, the most vulnerable population to Covid-19, as they have for prisoners. Though there w as a hearing Wednesday on how prisoners were handled in response to the pandemic, there...

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Ensuring July and August graduations good but allowing June ceremonies better say GOP lawmakers

TRENTON, N.J. – A group of Republican lawmakers are pointing out that Gov. Phil Murphy has made a mess of high school graduations and that the problems for students, parents and schools continue despite an Assembly bill addressing an insurance problem. “Governor Murphy has made a mess of graduations,...

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GOP caucus sends letter requesting Treasurer itemize costs of New Jersey’s response to Covid-19

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Republican caucus sent a letter (click here for PDF) to state Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio Wednesday requesting a detailed itemization of the new costs incurred fighting the coronavirus pandemic and how much is expected to be reimbursed by Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Murphy...

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Schepisi bill would permit weekend safe-street festivals to help local businesses during shutdowns

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi says that it’s time to help small businesses such as retailers, restaurants and bars to reopen and flourish safely with the ability to sell goods, food and drinks in a safer outdoor setting during the summer months. “Our local businesses need to reopen...

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GOP caucus requests forming Assembly committee to investigate failures at nursing homes

 TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Republican caucus sent a letter (click here for PDF) to Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin Thursday supporting a select committee with subpoena power to investigate the loss of life in New Jersey’s long-term care facilities. The full text of the letter is below: Dear Speaker...

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Lawmakers call on Murphy to allow in person graduation ceremonies

TRENTON, N.J. – With graduation season only a few weeks away, the Waldwick Board of Education took matters into its own hands Monday night when it approved a measure to file litigation for in-person graduation ceremony if Gov. Phil Murphy doesn’t make a decision regarding in-person graduations by June...

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Bramnick’s call for legislative hearings on coronavirus response supported by Bergen Record legal case

TRENTON, N.J. – Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick said quotes by the Bergen Record’s legal team in news stories Monday calling for more transparency demonstrates the need for legislative hearings. C.J. Grinnin, who represents The Record, said, “…there is a hostility toward transparency and a complete lockdown of information...

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DiMaso bill allowing liquor takeout heads to governor’s desk

TRENTON, N.J. – Legislation (A3966) sponsored by Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso passed both the Senate and Assembly Thursday allowing for takeout and delivery of liquor with food orders from restaurants. “I am very proud that we were able to get this bill passed,” said DiMaso (R-Monmouth) “During my communications with...

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