|TRENTON, N.J. – Bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick and Senate President Steve Sweeney, to reimburse restaurants that had spent money on supplies in preparation for indoor dining’s return will be officially introduced in the Assembly and Senate Thursday.
The bill appropriates $30 million to the state Economic Development Authority from federal block grants allocated to the state from the CARES Act. The EDA can then provide direct financial support, by way of loans or grants, to establishments for the costs associated with interruptions caused by Gov. Phil Murphy’s Executive Order No. 158. For a copy of the legislation Click Here.
Restaurants were set to reopen for indoor dining on July 2, but Murphy pulled the plug on the plan at the last minute. Some restaurant owners said that they were out thousands of dollars due to the change.