Latest New Jersey state government News

NJ extends jobless benefits for extra 20 weeks amid outbreak

Jul. 1, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is extending unemployment benefits by 20 weeks, the state Labor Department said Wednesday. New Jersey's unemployment rate has reached record levels during the COVID-19 outbreak, with roughly 1.3 million workers seeking benefits. The extension would kick in after 26 weeks...

Murphy signs bill overhauling NJ teacher health benefits

Jul. 1, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed sweeping bipartisan legislation overhauling public teachers' health benefits that lawmakers say could save $1 billion a year over seven years. Murphy, a Democrat, signed the bill, which passed the Democrat-led Legislature this year with...

Several more states added to New Jersey's quarantine list

Jun. 30, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday announced that eight more states now meet the metrics under New Jersey's travel advisory. Visitors to the state from California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee should self-quarantine for two weeks. Those states join...

Murphy signs nearly $8B stopgap budget

Jun. 30, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday signed a nearly $8 billion stopgap budget, whose deadline was extended to Sept. 30 because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Murphy described the budget as “bare bones” during a news conference in Trenton. The three-month spending plan runs...

Meghan Griffin stands at the entrance of a store offering masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer at Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J., Monday, June 29, 2020. New Jersey's indoor shopping malls reopened Monday from their COVID-19 closure. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy set the date earlier this month after he shuttered many sectors of the state's economy because of the outbreak. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NJ halts indoor dining restart, citing mask use, distancing

Jun. 29, 2020 10:48 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday postponed the resumption of indoor dining, and banned drinking and smoking at Atlantic City's casinos as they reopen this week, causing one casino to scrap plans to reopen anytime soon. Murphy said he acted because of a lack of compliance...

NJ governor gives up Wilson desk, citing 'reckoning' on race

Jun. 29, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy confirmed Monday he quit using former President Woodrow Wilson's desk at his office in Trenton, citing a “reckoning" on race occurring nationwide. Wilson, who served as New Jersey's governor and later U.S. president, and his legacy are increasingly...

NJ lawmakers pass $7.7B stopgap budget, sending it to Murphy

Jun. 29, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Democrat-led Legislature on Monday passed a short-term $7.7 billion budget after extending the deadline to later in the year because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The three-month spending plan passed during the Assembly's and Senate's first in-person voting sessions since...

Governor: Indoor dining in New Jersey will no longer resume this week citing crowded establishments, few face coverings

Jun. 29, 2020 3:05 PM EDT
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Governor: Indoor dining in New Jersey will no longer resume this week citing crowded establishments, few face coverings.

Death of man in NJ police vehicle after arrest probed

Jun. 28, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

TOTOWA, N.J. (AP) — State authorities are investigating the death of a man in a New Jersey police vehicle following his arrest over the weekend. The New Jersey attorney general's office said a state trooper arrested the 51-year-old man during a motor vehicle stop outside the police substation in Totowa at...

FILE - In this June 10, 2020, file photo, Olivia Chan's father helps her with new mask she received during a graduation ceremony for her Pre-K class in front of Bradford School in Jersey City, N.J. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says the state's schools will be open for in-person instruction this fall, as long as COVID-19 trends don't worsen. The guidelines lay out a number of requirements, but also leave many decisions up to the state's roughly 600 school districts. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

New Jersey schools planning for in-person learning this fall

Jun. 26, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's schools will be open for in-person instruction in the fall, as long as COVID-19 trends don't worsen, Gov. Phil Murphy announced Friday. Murphy, a Democrat, unveiled his administration's guidelines for restarting in-person education during his daily news briefing. The...