I wanted to take this opportunity to update you all on the latest news from around New Jersey and resources for assistance. I hope that these updates are helpful to you and your loved ones at this time. As always, should you need any assistance please do not hesitate to reach out to my office through email at [email protected] or by phone at 201-541-1118.
Pfizer COVID booster shots are now available for individuals:
- Ages 65+ and residents in long-term care settings
- Ages 50-64 years with underlying medical conditions
- Ages 18-49 years with underlying medical conditions, based on their individual benefits and risks
- Age 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional settings, based on their individual benefits and risks.
Only those who received the Pfizer vaccine are eligible for a booster. To find a vaccination site near you, visit covid19.nj.gov/vaccine.
Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Instituting Vaccination or Testing Requirement for Workers in Health Care Facilities and High-Risk Congregate Settings
Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 252, instituting the previously announced requirement that all workers in certain state and private health care facilities and high-risk congregate settings be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 7, 2021 or be subject to COVID-19 testing at minimum one to two times per week. This requirement aims to strengthen protection against the spread of COVID-19 to vulnerable populations throughout the state. For a copy of Executive Order No. 252, click here.
Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Instituting Vaccination or Testing Requirement for All Preschool to Grade 12 Personnel
Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 253, requiring all preschool to Grade 12 school personnel to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021 or be subject to COVID-19 testing at minimum one to two times per week. This requirement will strengthen protections against the spread of COVID-19, including the highly transmissible Delta variant, to children in school settings, many of whom are under 12 years old and not yet eligible for vaccination. For a copy of Executive Order No. 253, click here.
Governor Murphy Signs Executive Order Instituting Vaccination or Testing Requirement for All Child Care Center Personnel
Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 264, requiring all child care center personnel to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1 or be subject to COVID-19 testing at minimum one to two times per week. Additionally, effective September 24, and in accordance with CDC recommendations, the Order also clarifies that all employees, visitors, students, and children aged two and over must wear facemasks indoors, with limited exceptions. These requirements will strengthen protections against COVID-19 to children in these settings who are all under 12 years old and not yet eligible for vaccination. For a copy of Executive Order No. 264, click here.
New Jersey Department of Education: Educating Students During Quarantine
As the 2021-2022 school year commences, the New Jersey Department of Education (Department) understands that there will be instances in which individual students, groups of students, or entire classes will meet the New Jersey Department of Health’s (NJDOH) COVID-19 exclusion criteria and must be excluded from school. Please remember that if a student or group/class of students have to quarantine for 7-10 days, a district should continue instructing those kids virtually so that they don’t lose valuable learning time during quarantine.
HURRICANE IDA RESOURCES UPDATE
Disaster Recovery Centers Information
Beginning Monday, September 20th, the Department of Banking and Insurance will have staff members at eight disaster recovery centers(DRC). Please see the sites listed below:
- Middlesex – Middlesex County Fire Academy;
- Passaic – Little Falls Civic Center;
- Gloucester – Mullica Hill Library;
- Bergen - Ciarco Learning Center;
- Mercer - Hollowbrook Community Center;
- Hunterdon - Union Fire Company # 1;
- Somerset - North End Volunteer Fire Company # 3; and
- Union - Elizabeth O'Donnell Demsey Senior Center.
NJEDA Small Business Grant Funding Program
On Friday, September 17th at 9:00 a.m., the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) launched the application for the Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program. The $10.5 million program will provide grants of $1,000 to $5,000 for businesses and non-profits that suffered physical damage as a result of the remnants of Hurricanes Henri and Ida. The program is open to small businesses and nonprofits with up to 50 full-time equivalent employees and a physical commercial location in New Jersey. Businesses and nonprofits must also have monthly rent or mortgage payments of at least $1,000. Additional eligibility requirements are listed at https://www.njeda.com/henri-ida-relief.
The NJEDA will launch an online application for the program at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 17th at https://programs.njeda.com. Applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis, so potential applicants should prepare to apply in advance.
Applicants who have not applied for NJEDA assistance in the past will need to create a new Username and Password. Applicants who have previously applied for NJEDA COVID-19 relief programs can use their existing Username and Password. The NJEDA encourages anyone considering applying to visit https://programs.njeda.com prior to September 17th to create a new Username and Password or to verify that they remember their existing Username and Password.
Comprehensive information about the Henri/Ida Business Assistance Grant Program and materials to help businesses and nonprofits prepare to apply are available at https://www.njeda.com/henri-ida-relief/ Please call all 844-965-1125 with any questions.
Resources for New Jersey Residents affected by Tropical Storm Ida
In light of the recent impact across the state from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, please find various resources below. The State encourages you to start your insurance claims as soon as possible. The sooner you start the insurance process, the sooner you can get on a path to recovery. Additional information is forthcoming.
New Jersey Resources:
To learn more about Tropical Storm Ida Resources (nj.gov)
To learn more about New Jersey Office of Emergency Management | ReadyNJ
To learn more about NJDOH Hurricane Ida Assistance
To learn more about DOT's Road Closures
To learn more about NJDHS Mental Health Hotline and Resources
FEMA Hurricane IDA assistance:
Red Cross Shelter Finder:
Department of Banking and Insurance Information:
To learn more about Homeowner’s Insurance Coverage
To learn more about Renter’s Insurance Coverage
To learn more about the National Flood Insurance Program
To learn more about emergency preparedness in New Jersey
Information from the Insurance Council of NJ:
Governor Murphy Announces Return and Earn Incentive Program
Governor Phil Murphy announced that the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development (NJDOL) will begin implementation of the Return and Earn program. This new initiative will provide a $500 incentive for unemployed workers reentering the workforce and receiving job training from businesses with 100 or fewer employees.
Facilitated by NJDOL's Business Support Unit, Return and Earn will take advantage of New Jersey’s existing On-the-Job Training infrastructure to provide wage reimbursement support to New Jersey employers that hire eligible applicants with identifiable skills gaps. Employers will then be reimbursed for 50% of the wages paid for regular hours worked during the contracted employer-provided training period.
Employers can receive the wage subsidy for up to 6 months, up to the cap of $10,000 per Return and Earn employee and are limited to a total Return and Earn subsidy across all employees of $40,000.
More information will be issued by NJDOL in the coming days. Employers can visit NJ.gov/labor/returnandearn to express interest in this program and receive application information as it becomes available.
PennEast’s Decision to Cease Development of Pipeline Through New Jersey
PennEast recently announced that they are cancelling their plan for a 116-mile natural gas pipeline meant to run from Northeast Pennsylvania to Mercer County, New Jersey. The reason for this decision was due to the lack of environmental permits being granted to PennEast from the State of New Jersey. PennEast believed this pipeline would have been beneficial to the region in providing residents with affordable natural gas while opponents said that the project would have destroyed acres of conserved land and threatened species.