Briefs

N.J. top cop notes COVID-related deaths among police as unions continue anti-mandate push

BY: - September 14, 2021

An earlier version of this story said New Jersey experienced a spate of COVID-19-related deaths among police officers in the last week, citing State Police Superintendent Pat Callahan’s comments at a Monday press briefing. The New Jersey State Police clarified Tuesday to say Callahan was referencing nationwide deaths. There was a spate of virus-related deaths among police […]

Nine days after Ida, counties still waiting on FEMA disaster declarations

BY: - September 10, 2021

Ida-impacted New Jersey counties remain absent from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s list of initial major disaster declarations more than a week after the storm tore through New Jersey. Some counties hammered by floods left by the remnants of the hurricane — like Hudson, Essex, Union, and Mercer — were not initially issued the declaration, […]

Anti-vaccine group seeks judge’s recusal from Rutgers mandate case

BY: - September 9, 2021

Rutgers students and an anti-vaccine group suing the university in an attempt to override its vaccine mandate asked a U.S. District Court judge to recuse himself from the lawsuit, charging his time as a part-time Rutgers lecturer risks the appearance of a conflict. The suit, lodged last month by 12 current or future Rutgers students […]

N.J. takes first step in implementing historic housing discrimination law

BY: - September 9, 2021

New Jersey officials are reviewing proposed rules for a new law banning landlords from considering prospective tenants’ criminal histories, one intended to lessen racial discrimination in housing. It’s the first step in implementing what activists have called the strongest housing discrimination law in the country. It’s part of the “ban the box” movement,” a reference […]

Residents impacted by Ida get state, federal tax filing extensions

BY: - September 9, 2021

New Jerseyans affected by last week’s Ida-related storms will get some leeway on their tax filings, State Treasurer Liz Muoio announced Wednesday. The Division of Taxation will allow filers to submit tax returns and payments due between Aug. 26 and Jan. 3, 2022, on the later date. That includes quarterly estimated income tax payments due […]

Free, discounted Uber and Lyft rides for N.J. residents who lost cars due to Ida

BY: - September 8, 2021

New Jersey residents who lost their vehicles in last week’s deadly flooding can get free or discounted rides in the next two weeks under a new partnership between Uber, Lyft, United Way Worldwide, and NJ 211, Gov. Phil Murphy’s office announced Wednesday. Anyone who lost a vehicle in the deadly storm can text NJIDARIDE to […]

Memory of 9/11 attacks fading among voters, poll finds

BY: - September 7, 2021

Twenty years later, the 9/11 attacks are further from the minds of New Jersey’s voters than they ever have been. Fewer than 1 in 5 registered New Jersey voters — 18% — regularly think about the attacks, according to a Monmouth University poll released Tuesday. That’s down from 31% of respondents in a 2011 Monmouth […]

Report calls for protections, says job gains exclude N.J.’s most vulnerable workers

BY: - September 6, 2021

Even as some parts of the economy have rebounded, New Jersey’s job market continues to lag behind its pre-pandemic levels — and gains haven’t been evenly distributed, leaving those hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis behind, according to a new report released Monday by New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP). New Jersey has recovered 62% of […]

State to provide $267M in school virus testing grants

BY: - September 3, 2021

School districts around the state will receive $267 million in state aid to stand up virus testing programs as the school year begins, Gov. Phil Murphy announced this week. The funds, which state officials expect will be reimbursed using federal dollars made available under the CARES Act and American Rescue Plan, will allow schools to […]

Unemployment benefits, intended to offset pandemic impact, to end this weekend

BY: - September 3, 2021

Federal unemployment benefits expanded during the coronavirus pandemic will expire Saturday in New Jersey. The benefits, which supplemented regular unemployment assistance and were extended to those who typically were ineligible, were established under the federal CARES Act in March 2020 and renewed twice, in December 2020 and again in March. Programs that will expire are: […]

Courts begin to hear long-stalled eviction cases

BY: - September 2, 2021

New Jersey’s eviction moratorium for middle-income renters ended Wednesday, with courts starting to hear some of the 83,800-plus residential eviction cases landlords have filed since the start of the pandemic. But there is no tidal wave of people losing their homes and getting booted onto the street. Yet. Instead, the process started with settlement conferences. […]

Newark ordered to negotiate vaccine mandate provisions with unions

BY: - September 2, 2021

Newark is permitted to mandate its employees get vaccinated against COVID-19, but the city must negotiate portions of the order with unions that filed to block the directive, per a Public Employment Relations Commission decision released Wednesday. The decision is a partial win for police and firefighter unions, who along with other Newark municipal worker unions […]