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The COVID-19 vaccine: What we know

With approval by the FDA expected within days, officials in New Jersey prepare for rollout of vaccines across the state

By Lilo Stainton, NJSpotlight

As federal experts determined that “known and potential benefits” outweigh the related risks when it comes to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, New Jersey officials are poised in the coming weeks to launch their part of what is likely the largest immunization campaign in history.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: December 9th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , | Comments Off on The COVID-19 vaccine: What we know

State health officials call COVID-19 vaccine ‘safe and effective’

Once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gives its approval, which is expected Thursday, hospitals could begin vaccinating staff within 24 to 72 hours, Health Department officials said

By Lilo Stainton, NJSpotlight

New Jersey health officials said they are confident that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, based on the information they have reviewed, and hope hospitals could start immunizing the most at-risk individuals within a few days of it receiving federal approval.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: December 8th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19 | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

COVID-19 vaccine coming as NJ plans for who gets it first

Photo by Bicanski via Pixnio

First doses on the way, but only enough for 38,000. Millions more will need the vaccine for it to be effective

By Lilo Stainton, NJSpotlight

With New Jersey slated to receive its first 76,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine any day now, public health officials are finalizing their plans for immunizing priority groups, and hospitals are preparing to store and administer the serum.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: December 7th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , | Comments Off on COVID-19 vaccine coming as NJ plans for who gets it first

Murphy doesn’t STFH

The Murphy family dined out again in Monmouth County on Wednesday night with a meal at The Butcher’s Block in Long Branch.

The Murphy’s with The Butcher’s Block owner Tom D’Ambrisi

There’s no hypocrisy involved in wearing “STAY THE FUCK HOME” hats while dining at The Butcher’s Block.

“Might not agree on everything; but we do agree on one thing…. Stay The Fuck Home!!! ” was the caption @theblocknj posted on Instagram for the photo of the Governor, First Lady, their son and owner Tom D’Ambrisi. The younger Murphy and D’Ambrisi are wearing red hats with the slogan “STAY THE FUCK HOME.”

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: November 25th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , , | 10 Comments »

Murphy family harassed while dining outdoors

Woman interrupts NJ Governor Phil Murphy’s dinner to cuss him out. from r/PublicFreakout

NJ Governor Phil Murphy and his family were harassed while dining outdoors in Red Bank on Friday evening,

Senator Declan O’Scanlon, an outspoken critic of Murphy’s policies during the pandemic, was quick to condemn the harassment.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: November 22nd, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , | 9 Comments »

Murphy clamping down on indoor and outdoor gatherings

Governor Phil Murphy this morning announced that he will sign an Executive Order today reducing the amount of people who can attend indoor gatherings in New Jersey.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: November 16th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: , | 3 Comments »

Prisoner release raises concerns about their health during pandemic

High rates of COVID-19 in prisons prompted the state to let thousands out of custody

By Lilo H. Stainton, NJSpotlight

New Jersey released thousands of people from prisons Wednesday to try to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in corrections facilities, but questions remained about the state’s ability to support the public health needs of this vulnerable population.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: November 5th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Department of Corrections, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 6 Comments »

COVID-19 vaccination plan relies on public and private health providers

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First look at state proposal raises questions, such as how providers will maintain its unflagging pace over six months to protect 70% of residents

By Lilo H. Stainton, NJSpotlight

New Jersey will rely on a network of public and private health care providers to immunize millions of residents over the next year or so, according to a draft COVID-19 vaccine plan state officials released early this week.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: October 30th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , | Comments Off on COVID-19 vaccination plan relies on public and private health providers

Smith’s historic anti-trafficking victims law marks 20th year

COVID-19 puts more children at risk of exploitation

                                                                                    By Rep. Chris Smith

            Today—October 28th—marks 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000—the comprehensive, historic law that I authored to aggressively combat sex and labor trafficking both within the United States and around the world.

The TVPA created a new, well-funded whole-of-government domestic and international strategy and established numerous new programs to Protect victims, Prosecute traffickers and to the extent possible,Prevent human trafficking in the first place.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: October 28th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, COVID-19, Human Trafficking, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Smith’s historic anti-trafficking victims law marks 20th year

Letter: Chris Smith Saved My Brother’s Life

Dan McNamara and Rep Chris Smith

As the election comes upon us, and in response to certain statements made by Congressman Chris Smith’s opponent, Stephanie Schmidt, we have been made aware that Ms. Schmidt has been campaigning on a platform comprised, at least in part, of deceptive untruths regarding the Congressman Chris Smith’s response to the Covid issue.  Contrary to Ms. Schmidt’s claims to the contrary, Congressman Smith has been a champion for those battling the Covid-19 virus; and through his intercedence saved my brother’s life. 

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: October 16th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: 2020 Congressional Races, Chris Smith, COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »