6/4/2020

On 6/15, non-essential in-person retail can RESTART:
Number of customers in stores must be limited to 50% of approved capacity
Customers and employees must wear face coverings
Areas used by employees must be regularly sanitized


5/22/2020

Governor Murphy lifted the limit on outdoor gatherings from 10 to 25 individuals. Indoor gatherings must remain limited to 10 individuals. Capacity will also be raised to 25 individuals for charter and fishing boats, outdoor batting cages, driving ranges, other outdoor recreational businesses.
Recreational campgrounds - both public and private are allowed to reopen, effective immediately
Social distancing must still be adhered to.



4/28/2020

Governor Murphy signed an executive order reopening state parks. The order will go into effect at Sunrise on Saturday, May 2nd


4/13/2020

Governor Murphy announced a the coordination of a COVID-19 Regional Advisory Council with the Governors of NY, PA, CT, RI and DE to safely guide the reopening of the region after the passing of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Governor Murphy signed an executive order that does the following: 
Prohibits internet and phone service from being shut off until 30 days after our current public health emergency has ended. 
Prohibits all service downgrades, service reductions, or late fees due to nonpayment unless they are imposed in accordance with a policy approved by the Board of Public Utilities
Requires reconnection of any Internet or phone service that was disconnected due to nonpayment after March 16


4/9/2020

Today Governor Murphy signed an executive order extending the grace period for those unable to pay their insurance premiums because of the financial hardship caused by COVID-19. It requires a minimum 60-day grace period for health and dental insurance policies and a 90-day grace period for home and auto insurance, renters insurance, life insurance, insurance premium financing arrangements. Back-payments must be spread out over the remainder of the insurance term. 

4/8/2020

Today Governor Murphy took the following actions:
Signed an executive order halting all non-essential construction across the state effective 8:00PM Friday
All retail must limit the number of customers allowed in their stores to no more than 50% of their approved capacity.
Customers and employees must wear face coverings.
Stores must also provide special shopping hours for high-risk individuals, erect physical barriers between customers and cashiers and baggers where practicable, and regularly sanitize areas used by employees.

The June Primary election has been moved to July 7th. 


4/7/2020

Today Governor Murphy signed the following executive orders:
EO No. 117: waives 2019-2020 statutory school year assessment requirements for eighth grade students and twelfth grade students who have not yet met the graduation assessment requirement due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
EO No. 118: losing all state parks and forests and county parks to further social distancing measures. Effective 4/7 at 8pm. Under Executive Order No. 108 (2020), municipalities still have the authority to keep municipal parks open or closed.
EO No. 119: extends the Public Health Emergency declared on March 9, 2020 through Executive Order No. 103.



4/6/2020

Today, Governor Murphy signed an executive order to allow retired public employees to return to work – in whichever capacity they can – to help without impacting their pension status.


4/2/2020

Many people have lost their health coverage due to layoffs. If that's you, you have a couple of options: 
1. Buy a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace 
2. Sign up for COBRA coverage 
You can find information on both of those options here 


4/1/2020


Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeny and Speaker Coughlin announced that the state income tax filing deadline and the corporation business tax filing deadline will be extended from April 15th to July 15th.

3/31/2020

The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) is urging employers to keep employees on the payroll throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and to take advantage of a 100 percent, dollar for dollar, payroll tax credit provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
Click here for more details.

3/27/2020

The House passed and the President signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. 

You can find information on Direct Payments to Individuals here.

You can find information on Extended Unemployment Compensation here.

You can find information for Small Businesses here.

For information on SNAP and other anti-hunger programs click here. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens in the 12th District can be found here.

3/23/2020


Today, Governor Murphy signed an executive order suspending all elective surgeries and invasive procedures performed on adults that are scheduled to take place after 5:00 PM on Friday, March 27. The Executive Order applies to all medical and dental operations that can be delayed without undue risk to the current or future health of the patient. 
- Physicians and Dentists are to consider the potential burden of post-surgery complications on local hospitals
- Exemption for family planning and termination of pregnancies. 
- Any business, non-hospital health care facility, or instituion of higher learning in possession of PPE, ventilator, respirator, or anesthesia machines shall undertake an inventory of these supplies and send that information the State by 5:00 PM, Friday, March 27th. 

Governor Murphy has received a commitment from President Trump for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to operate four pop-up field hospitals in New Jersey as the state‘s health system prepares for a surge of coronavirus-related hospitalizations.


3/21/2020

Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 107, directing all residents to stay at home until further notice. The order provides for certain exceptions, such as obtaining essential goods or services, seeking medical attention, visiting family or close friends, reporting to work, or engaging in outdoor activities. 

The executive order also directs the closure of all non-essential retail businesses to the public, with the exceptions of:
  • Grocery stores, farmer's markets and farms that sell directly to customers, and other food stores, including retailers that offer a varied assortment of foods comparable to what exists at a grocery store;
  • Pharmacies and medical marijuana dispensaries;
  • Medical supply stores;
  • Gas stations;
  • Convenience stores;
  • Ancillary stores within healthcare facilities;
  • Hardware and home improvement stores;
  • Banks and other financial institutions;
  • Laundromats and dry-cleaning services;
  • Stores that principally sell supplies for children under five years;
  • Pet stores;
  • Liquor stores;
  • Car dealerships, but only for auto maintenance and repair, and auto mechanics;
  • Printing and office supply shops;
  • Mail and delivery stores.



Governor Phil Murphy has announced the indefinite closure of all municipal, county, and state public libraries as well as libraries and computer labs at public and private higher ed institutions


3/19/20:

The New Jersey State legislature and Governor Phil Murphy enacted a moratorium on removals of individuals due to evictions or foreclosures

Governor Phil Murphy ordered the closure of so-called personal-care businesses that cannot comply with social distancing guidelines. This includes: Barbershops, hair salons, spas, nail and eyelash salons, tattoo parlors and social clubs.

The March 21, 2020 special election in Fire District 1 for the Township of Old Bridge and the March 31, 2020 special elections in the Township of West Amwell and Atlantic City shall be postponed until May 12, 2020, to be held concurrently with the municipal non-partisan elections currently scheduled for that date. The school board elections scheduled for April 21, 2020 shall also be postponed until May 12, 2020, to be held concurrently with the municipal non-partisan elections currently scheduled for that date. All elections scheduled for May 12, 2020, both before and after this Order takes effect, shall be conducted solely via vote-by-mail ballots.


3/18/20:

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin announced that Americans who owe taxes can defer their payments for 90 days, interest and penalty free, up to $1 million. Americans should still file their taxes by the April 15 tax-filing deadline if they want to get a tax refund. Those who want to defer their tax payments will also need to file a return to qualify.

Yesterday Governor Phil Murphy Closed the following locations:

All indoor portions of retail shopping malls. Restaurants and other stores located within shopping malls that have their own external entrances open to the public, separate from the general mall entrance, may remain open as long as they comply with prior directives on operating hours and takeout or food delivery services.