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Family credits Chris Smith with saving COVID-19 patient’s life

Kevin McNamara, a 60 year old attorney who lives in Avon-by-the Sea, was hospitalized with COVID-19 on March 28. Last Thursday, after 174 days of isolation in three different hospitals and a rehab facility, McNamara was sent home to continue his long road to recovery.

Kevin’s brother Dan, an engineer who lives in Essex County, credits Congressman Chris Smith with saving Kevin’s life.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: September 21st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, COVID-19, Monmouth County, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

This is how Murphy’s budget allocates $2.4 billion in federal COVID funding

Some lawmakers and state-funded organizations worry what will happen when that money is gone

By Lilo H. Stainton, NJSpotlight

For six months the coronavirus pandemic has loomed large over New Jersey, taking an enormous toll on the state’s public health and economy, and affecting nearly every aspect of daily life.

But you won’t find it by name in Gov. Phil Murphy’s $32.4 billion budget proposal.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: September 21st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

O’Scanlon slams Murphy for allowing smoking in casinos

Governor Phil Murphy is allowing smoking in Atlantic City casinos starting today, along with indoor dining and movie theaters reopening.

Hooray! September 4 is the new July 4.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon says Murphy is hypocrite for allowing small businesses to languish for months but illogically calling for smoking indoors at casinos during the pandemic.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: September 4th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Atlantic City, Casinos, COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on O’Scanlon slams Murphy for allowing smoking in casinos

SCHOOL REOPENING PLANS GUARANTEED TO BRING OUT THE SECOND-GUESSERS

By Randy Bergmann

Will students and staff be safe in the schools that fully re-open or adopt the hybrid model? With most set to open next week, the answers should come quickly.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: September 3rd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey, Opinion | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on SCHOOL REOPENING PLANS GUARANTEED TO BRING OUT THE SECOND-GUESSERS

O’Scanlon and DiMaso: 25% Indoor Dining Is Too Little Too Late


Senator Declan O’Scanlon, center-right, with Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso, Christopher Wood, right, owner of Woody’s in Sea Bright and Tinton falls and former Sea Bright Councilman Reid Murphy enjoying a moment at Woody’s in June.

Senator Declan O’Scanlon and Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-Monmouth) today welcomed the news that Governor Phil Murphy is allowing New Jersey restaurants to reopen indoor dining starting this weekend, but criticized the Governor’s delay and his 25% capacity limitation.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: August 31st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Declan O'Scanlon, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Rt Spikes After Murphy Dines in Middletown

By Art Gallagher

The COVID-19 rate of transmission, Rt, has spiked in New Jersey since Wednesday, August 26 when Governor Phil Murphy dined in Middletown.

There is absolutely no evidence that Murphy dining outdoors while his friend hosted a 40-50 people indoors in his EO-163 non-compliant Barrel Room Bar has anything to do with the increase in New Jersey’s Rt from .77 on Thursday to .87 on Sunday.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: August 30th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Rt Spikes After Murphy Dines in Middletown

Murphy says he didn’t see the indoor diners at Nicholas Barrel and Roost

Governor Phil Murphy said on Friday that he did not see people dining indoors at Nicholas Barrel and Roost when he dined there outdoors on Wednesday evening.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: August 29th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments »

Gopal bill that would require senior living facilities to prevent social isolation passes Senate unanimously

Senator Vin Gopal

Legislation sponsored by State Senator Vin Gopal that will require nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other long term care facilities to implement policies to prevent social isolation among their residents passed in the New Jersey Senate today, 39-0.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: August 27th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Vin Gopal | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Gopal bill that would require senior living facilities to prevent social isolation passes Senate unanimously

Murphy dines outdoors at Nicholas Barrel and Roost while indoor dining is packed

By Art Gallagher

Governor Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy dining with masks on at Nicholas Barrel and Roost in Middletown on August 26, 2020. photo by Art Gallagher

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy dined outdoors at Nicholas Barrel and Roost in Middletown last evening while the indoor Barrel Room was packed with knuckleheads.

Murphy, who seemed aware of my presence, wore a mask at his outdoor table while those dining in the crowded Barrel Room were maskless.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: August 27th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | 16 Comments »

Stonewalling

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: August 25th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »