Friday, January 8th
NJ Weekly Newsletter
The Governor will be delivering his State of the State Address on Tuesday, January 12th at 1pm. Viewers can watch the pre-recorded Address at that time through the Governor's Social Media Pages and YouTube.
New Jersey Update
This afternoon, New Jersey reported an additional 5,791 new positive COVID-19 cases, increasing the statewide total to 516,608. An additional 112 deaths were announced, increasing the statewide total to 17,697.

Today, Governor Phil Murphy toured the vaccine mega site at a former Sears store in Morris County where officials hope to vaccinate over 2,000 people a day in coming weeks. New Jersey plans on opening 6 mega sites and 200 smaller sites throughout the State. More than 650,000 NJ residents have already registered for a vaccination since the State website launched on Monday. To register for the COVID-19 vaccination, click here.

Vaccinations for Phase 1B population began yesterday with sworn law enforcement and firefighters now eligible to receive the vaccine. The remainder of the essential workers and high-risk individuals in Phase 1B will be announced shortly. For more information on the phased approach and priority groups, click here.

The 6 vaccination mega sites will be located in:
  • Atlantic County: Atlantic City Convention Center
  • Bergen County: Racetrack at Meadowlands, East Rutherford
  • Burlington County: Moorestown Mall
  • Gloucester County: Rowan College of South Jersey, Sewell (opens 1/8/21)
  • Middlesex County: New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, Edison
  • Morris County: Rockaway Townsquare (opens 1/8/21)

During Wednesday's press briefing, Governor Murphy called for any retired health care professionals with skills to deliver vaccinations to register as a volunteer with the New Jersey Medical Reserves Corps. If you or someone you know is interested in registering, click here.

On Monday, Governor Murphy and Department of Health Commissioner, Judy Persichilli attended University Hospital in Newark to witness healthcare workers receiving their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. These workers are now fully vaccinated.

As of Monday, there are 77 schools in NJ offering full in-person instruction, 348 schools using a hybrid model, 339 districts using an all remote model and 47 districts using a combination of in-person, hybrid and remote instruction. The Governor announced there is still progress to be made on the digital divide in the state and he expects to close the gap further now that the holidays are over and he does not expect any additional shipping delays.
Governor Signs Incentive Legislation

On January 7th, Governor Murphy signed the NJ Economic Recovery Act of 2020 legislation that has been an ongoing effort for 18-months. NJ's incentive programs had expired over a year ago and were due to be reinstated. The Legislature and Administration came to an agreement on the legislation that will provide economic support for NJ small businesses and propel economic development in the State.
Vaccine Distribution Information and Notices from NJ DOH

The DOH released the following information last week in regards to Phase 1A and vaccination locations:

General Information

Healthcare Provider Toolkit

Flyers to Promote Vaccination (CDC): [All Our Tools] [Why Get Vaccinated] [Top Priority]

Policy, Guidance, and Directives

NJ News Quick Links

Governor's Notices

Department Notices

Department of Human Services

Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Federal and National Update
NJ Legislative Update

Assembly Appropriations Committee - 1/7/2021

  • *A2070 / *S1016 (Calabrese / Mukherji / Benson / Smith / Bateman) - Restricts use of neonicotinoid pesticides. passed with committee amendments

  • *A4745 (Armato / Chaparro / Danielsen) - Raises from 45 to 57 maximum eligibility age for exempt fireman certificates and membership in New Jersey State Fireman's Association. passed

  • A4830 (Zwicker / Danielsen / Reynolds-Jackson) - Requires in person early voting period for certain elections; makes appropriation. passed with committee amendments

  • *A4933 (Burzichelli / Benson) - Requires developers to offer unit concrete products that utilize carbon footprint-reducing technology as option in new construction; establishes tax incentives, and State and local purchasing preferences, for unit concrete products that utilize carbon footprint-reducing technology. (pending referral) passed with committee amendments

  • *A5116 (Johnson / Auth) - Authorizes State Treasurer to sell and convey certain surplus real property located in Township of Mahwah, County of Bergen. (pending referral) passed

  • A5130 (Jasey) - Establishes "New Jersey Foreclosure Prevention Act." (pending referral) passed with committee amendments

  • *A5211 (Wimberly / Quijano) - Updates and clarifies recent legislation passed by both Houses of the Legislature addressing cannabis legalization, and marijuana and hashish decriminalization. passed with committee amendments

Senate Judiciary Committee - 1/7/2021

  • S3320 (Scutari / Ruiz) - Updates and clarifies recent legislation passed by both Houses of the Legislature addressing cannabis legalization, and marijuana and hashish decriminalization. (pending intro and referral) passed
Administration and Department Information
The New Jersey Governor's Office
The Governor's Office has been updating their website with the latest information on the COVID-19 response.

The New Jersey Legislature
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