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Christie criticizes Murphy for not doing enough for N.J. small businesses as he raises $800K in donations for his nonprofit

Former Gov. Chris Christie has raised close to $800,000 in committed funding for a nonprofit he started with his wife that gives $3,000 forgivable loans to small businesses struggling to remain open amid the coronavirus outbreak, the couple said Tuesday.

Christie and former First Lady Mary Pat Christie say they’ve received more than 3,000 applications from small businesses since they launched the nonprofit last month. The group, the New Jersey 30-Day Fund, has approved funding for 120 businesses from the more than 3,000 they’ve received, they said.

At the same time, the former governor accused G… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 21st, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: Business, Chris Christie, COVID-19, New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

It’s official: No fans at Giants, Jets and Rutgers football games because of coronavirus

The Giants and Jets will play their 2020 home games at MetLife Stadium without fans, NJ Advance Media has learned, after Gov. Murphy told the teams that his statewide limit of 500 people at outdoor gatherings would apply to the local NFL teams.

Rutgers also will limit its crowd to below 500 spectators if a college football season takes place this fall, the university is set to announce, promising that “all safety precautions will be in place for those individuals who will be in attendance.” Those spectators are expected to be limited to the immediate family of players and coaches.The decisions,… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 20th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Despite Commitment to Transparency, Murphy Less Than Open About COVID-19 Spending

The state has received more than $5B in federal funds to deal with coronavirus, but it’s taken more than four months for administration to announce a dashboard to follow the money

By COLLEEN O’DEA , NJSpotlight

Today, it is virtually impossible for any member of the public — and even some members of the New Jersey Legislature — to know how or even if the state is spending more than $5 billion received so far from the federal government to deal with COVID-19.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 20th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

They vowed to act as nursing home deaths soared. Instead, N.J. legislators are ignoring the ‘shocking nightmare.’

The death rate from the coronavirus in New Jersey nursing homes is the country’s highest.

Nearly 6,700 nursing home residents have died in the pandemic and the numbers continue to climb as COVID-19 has run rampant in nursing homes.

This month, more than half of the COVID-19 deaths have been nursing home residents, according to the Department of Health, up from about 40% in the two months since NJ Advance Media published an investigation into the failures and missteps into the state’s response to the deadly pandemic. On Friday, 16 of the 20 deaths reported by the state were nursing home residents… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 19th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19 | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Murphy: If you don’t like his rules ‘go down to Georgia and see how that feels’

Gov. Phil Murphy had a new message Friday for critics who think his coronavirus restrictions in New Jersey are too harsh: Head south to Georgia, where the governor is suing Atlanta’s mayor for mandating face masks despite new cases ticking up across the state.

“If you don’t like our leadership here, why don’t you go down to Georgia and see how that feels,” Murphy said during his daily coronavirus briefing.

“We need responsible leadership in this country right now in every place,” he added. “I know there are folks on both sides of the aisle throwing themselves and doing everything they can now. W… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: July 17th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

$9.9B Borrowing Bill OK’d by Legislature, Signed Into Law by Gov. Phil Murphy

Ambassador Murphy and cardboard President Obama. That shirt looks familiar

Last-minute bid for changes to legislation fails; some lawmakers sought to ensure Black and Latino representation on panel that will review borrowing proposals 

By JOHN REITMEYER  , NJSpotlight

Despite passionate calls to add diversity to the process, the Legislature sent Gov. Phil Murphy legislation Thursday that gives a panel of four state lawmakers power to determine the fate of up to $9.9 billion in emergency borrowing.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 17th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on $9.9B Borrowing Bill OK’d by Legislature, Signed Into Law by Gov. Phil Murphy

Tune into the Tommy G Show at 4:05

MMM publisher Art Gallagher will be Tommy G’s guest on this afternoon, 4:05 PM, on the best afternoon drive time radio show in New Jersey.

Tommy and Art will, of course, be discussing COVID-19 crisis, the presidential elections, and what ever else comes up in their banter.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 14th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Tune into the Tommy G Show at 4:05

First Detailed Look at Murphy’s Revamped $10B Emergency-Borrowing Bill

By JOHN REITMEYER , NJSpotlight

Gov. Phil Murphy wants a plan in place to borrow billions without voter approval; now legislators are ready to sign off one to make that happen. A revamped version of emergency-borrowing legislation is set to go before lawmakers for the first time Tuesday.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 14th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, New Jersey, New Jersey State Budget | Tags: , | Comments Off on First Detailed Look at Murphy’s Revamped $10B Emergency-Borrowing Bill

China sanctions Rep Chris Smith

China today announced sanctions against Congressman Chris Smith, Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz and Ambassador for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, according to multiple media reports.

The sanctions, which are as yet unspecified, will “correspond” to sanctions imposed upon Chinese officials by the Trump Administration last week over the treatment of Uyghur Muslims in its Xinjiang region.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 13th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: China, Chris Francy, COVID-19, Human Rights, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on China sanctions Rep Chris Smith

New COVID-19 Concern for NJ Schools: Will Teachers Return to Classrooms?

Freeholder Pat Impreveduto with students in Long Branch

By John Mooney, NJSpotlight

A great deal has been said about reopening New Jersey schools in the fall while ensuring that children remain healthy and safe. But worries are also surfacing about what going back will mean for teachers — and even whether enough of them will be willing to return to the classroom.

Read the rest of this entry » Posted: July 10th, 2020 | Author: | Filed under: COVID-19, Education, New Jersey | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on New COVID-19 Concern for NJ Schools: Will Teachers Return to Classrooms?