Here are the key must-read pieces from Insider NJ over the past week – an unprecedented week in state history, as Governor Murphy directed the state’s 9M residents to stay home amid the COVID-10 pandemic.
Combating the COVID-19 virus, Governor Phil Murphy this afternoon at Rutgers Law School in Newark announced signing an executive order for nine million NJ residents to stay at home
Governor Phil Murphy offered only anecdotal information, but he said he had heard enough to be concerned, saying that in some cases, he was “exceedingly disappointed.”
Phil Murphy often comes across as a kindly uncle who logically suggests why people during this time of crisis should do the right thing.
Amid an escalating medical crisis, it’s “comforting” to know how determined some in the great Garden State are to conduct business as usual.
In what clearly is a microcosm of a state gripped in coronavirus-panic, the streets were mostly devoid of people on a rather pleasant Monday afternoon.
“Our prayers are with these blessed souls and their families,” said the Governor. “Stay inside if you do not need to be out. All employees must work from home.”
Announcing 80 new cases in the state (including an infected five-year old) after a weekend when many New Jerseyans shrugged off warnings about interacting with one another, Governor Phil Murphy stepped up Covid-19 crisis footing in New Jersey this afternoon.
Acting via executive order, Murphy said all non-essential businesses must close and that residents must stay in their homes in just about all cases. Still, this does not seem to be an iron-fisted decree.
Amid the onslaught of medical news, it is becoming easy to forget what, if anything, is happening politically.
Governor Phil Murphy this afternoon announced that he signed an executive order allowing candidate petitions to be submitted electronically by the March 30th deadline, and changing upcoming special and school board elections to VBM-only.
Just how does he evaluate Donald Trump’s performance regarding COVID-19, the governor was asked at his Wednesday press briefing. More bluntly, is the president a help or a hindrance?
CNN Situation Room host Wolf Blitzer this evening asked Governor Phil Murphy to react to President Donald J. Trump grading his response to the coronavirus a 10 out of 10.
With several local seats being challenged in a primary as well as a possibility of New Jersey playing a role in selecting the next Democratic nominee for president, the virus is more than a little plague on politics.
Phil Murphy enjoys joking about drinking. More than once I have heard him make cracks about the tendency of guys named “Murphy” to imbibe. Sure, this is an offensive Irish stereotype, but the governor seems to think it is harmless.
The country may be politically united – somewhat at least – when it comes to fighting the coronavirus, but unity in these bipartisan times goes only so far.
In Neptune the pre-sunrise soundscape was a familiar comfort. Closing my eyes, it was just like any other morning in this seaside town.
At the very end of Tuesday’s press briefing, the governor was asked about ordering residents to “shelter in place.”
It is during this time that we count on our leaders – political, community, spiritual, corporate and others to summon their inner leadership skills. We need to take a moment and let our leaders lead.
Congressman Andy Kim (D-3) announced that he will self-quarantine for two-weeks following direct contact with a member of Congress who has tested positive for COVID-19.
“It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark… but when the flood came, he was prepared.” Bergen County Executive James Tedesco announced at a press conference Thursday evening that Bergen County had “Identified 194 – 205 presumptive positive cases as of this afternoon.
Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco today rescinded his Executive Order 2020-1B at the request of the Governor.
“If anyone wants to challenge my decisions, that is their right,” he said. But he was firm in his convictions that he was acting to defend the public health and save lives.
In just a matter of a week the state of New Jersey has had to put itself on a wartime footing in hopes of defeating the invisible, yet deadly coronavirus that’s claimed thousands of lives around the world including dozens in the region.
The Center for Disease Control has made clear that social distancing—remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible—is a critical practice to slow the transmission of Coronavirus in our state
We must stay in place in a place where we trained ourselves to believe that if we stay in place we’ll die.
Senator Joe Vitale, the chairman of the Senate Health Committee, issued the following statement today urging Governor Phil Murphy to close day care centers in New Jersey, extending the same public health measures that already cover public and private schools and Pre-K programs throughout the state.
The state Department of Health and Department of Children and Families are at this moment developing plans to close daycare centers in New Jersey while creating provisions to serve the pre-K age children of first responders, according to state Senator Joe Vitale (D-19), who chairs the Senate Health Committee.
Seeking more personal protective equipment from the feds, Governor Phil Murphy this afternoon reported an additional 89 positive test result cases of Covid-19, for a statewide total of 267 confirmed cases of the deadly virus.
Described by a healthcare professional here as the most disruptive force he has ever seen in 35 years in the industry, the pandemic in New Jersey includes 318 additional positive test results for COVID-19 in New Jersey.
A woman who checked into East Orange General Hospital under a false name and address and tested positive for the coronavirus and disappeared is at large today, according to Newark Mayor Ras Baraka.
Following his declaration of a state of emergency and executive order closing a wide swath of businesses, Jersey City Mayor Fulop tweeted in response to a complaint that Newport Center was refusing to close in compliance with the EO.
I had hoped and prayed that Saddle Brook would be spared from this day, but sadly the day has come. A 90 year old male resident has passed away from complications due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
With the next ten years of federal funding on the line and communities upended by the coronavirus outbreak, Piscataway Mayor Brian C. Wahler is calling on federal authorities to extend the Census submission deadline for two months.
County clerks this week – on an urgent, accelerated time line – are trying to figure out how to hold an election while combating the Covid-19 virus.
Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman today called for the State of New Jersey to institute all mail-in voting for the June 2, 2020 primary election.
Sources continue to express bewilderment and gallows irony about public officials’ insistence on cramming tables and stages to lecture the public about avoiding one another and maintaining social distancing.
Senator Vin Gopal today announced that he will introduce legislation establishing a New Jersey Hospitality Emergency Loan Program, which would provide immediate financial assistance for struggling hospitality businesses during the COVID-19 emergency.
Senate President Steve Sweeney introduced landmark legislation to implement a new health benefits plan designed to produce more than $1 billion in annualized savings for property taxpayers and educators.
Landmark legislation to implement a new health benefits plan designed to produce more than $1 billion in annual savings for property taxpayers and educators gained the approval of the Senate today.
Senator Troy Singleton (D-7) will introduce legislation to extend the right to be reinstated to employment following paid or unpaid family leave to small business employees.
The Holy Name Hospital VP had announced on Sunday evening that she was under self-quarantine after developing symptoms following exposure to people who were in direct contact with someone who has coronavirus.
LD36 Assemblyman Clinton Calabrese (D-Bergen, Passaic) has tested positive for coronavirus after taking a drive-through swab test at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center upon the recommendation of his doctor Tuesday March 17.
A prominent list of LGBTQ+ leaders from across New Jersey have announced their support of Vice President Joe Biden’s Presidential campaign, organized by Joe Forte, member of Biden’s LGBTQ+ Finance Council.
Larry Hamm today at 3:40 p.m. delivered petitions containing more than 2500 signatures to the NJ Division of Elections office at 20 West State Street in Trenton.
The episode, which aired on April 28th, was the 19th of the series’ first season and was titled ‘Contact’ and the plot centered on the squad’s efforts to capture a serial subway rapist.
One month ago, no one in the Democratic Party, probably including Joe Biden himself, thought he had a chance in hell. Today he is the presumptive Presidential nominee months earlier than anyone had expected the party to make its choice.
The Democratic Party establishment got what it wanted — a presidential nominee who’s a charter member of the club, knows the secret handshake, reveres the old school necktie and — most importantly — as President can be relied upon to consult with and seek the wisdom and counsel of the entrenched establishment leaders.
Joe Biden is a huge favorite now not only for the Democratic presidential nomination, but also for the presidency itself in November.
- Andy Kim
- Atlantic County Democrats
- Bergen County
- Bernie Sanders
- Brian Wahler
- Clinton Calabrese
- Donald Trump
- Holly Schepisi
- Hudson County
- Jersey City
- Jim Tedesco
- Joe Biden
- Joe Forte
- Joe Vitale
- Larry Hamm
- MIke Suleiman
- Neptune Township
- NJ Turnpike Authority
- Phil Murphy
- Robert White
- Saddle Brook
- Steve Fulop
- Steve Sweeney
- Troy Singleton
- Vin Gopal
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