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From the office of Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney
March 2021 Newsletter
Dear Friends, 

New Jersey Senate and Assembly Republicans want Gov. Phil Murphy to call a special session of the legislature to adopt economic relief for a state that has seen considerable unemployment and business closures as a result of COVID-19.

Republican legislators say that millions of New Jerseyans are suffering from the “broad shutdowns and restrictions” related to the pandemic, with “looming tax increase on employers scheduled to go into effect July 1 threatens small businesses, nonprofits, and their employees.”

“We feel strongly that we cannot allow the continued harm that comes with continuing indecision and delay. More tenants will fall into debt, more communities will fall into disrepair, and more businesses and nonprofits will fail,” the legislators said. “People without access to the internet in rural and urban areas will fall farther behind, and job-crushing tax increases on every employer will further hurt those who are already hurting the most.” cddgfdgfdgsdf

The request comes days before Murphy is scheduled to deliver his annual budget address. “We are concerned that your budget address next week and the 2022 budget, which will be separately discussed and enacted four months from now, will be used as a crutch to avoid taking the urgent action that immediate conditions require,” GOP senators and assembly members said. “Waiting until the next budget is enacted will be too late to prevent more business and nonprofit closures, and to stop an avoidable and destructive employer tax increase.”

Senate Republicans said the letter was signed by State Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Demarest ) on Thursday and delivered to Murphy on Saturday before they learned of his death.

Also, we will be going dormant with the newsletters these next couple months prior to the primary election.

Kevin J. Rooney
Message from the Assemblyman:

Spending is increasing to nearly $45 billion, by $4.5 billion – 11% this year and 30 percent over Murphy’s term.

Revenue is expected to increase by nearly $4 billion to $47.6 billion without borrowing, and is at least $3.2 billion above original projections for FY21.

There are six new programs costing $95 million:

1.$50 million for the Garden State Guarantee providing free two-years at four-year public universities

2.$19 million for the Reproductive Health Care Fund

3.$10.5 million for Tammy Murphy’s Nurture NJ initiative to help low-income mothers

4.$10 million for workforce development

5.$5 million for hiring and training employees in tandem with companies in the state

6.$580,000 for the new Office of Climate Change Action and the Green Economy

St. Patrick's Day

Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, honouring the death of St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, and celebrating the presence of Irish Culture in America. It is not recognised as a national holiday, and as such businesses and schools are open during normal working hours.
State Police responded to more than 400 crashes and 273 calls for help from motorists on roads that troopers patrol statewide
Fairfield Police Foundation to Partner with Fighting Children's Cancer Fund

Please be aware that the COVID-19 Vaccine page and FAQs are now live on the COVID-19 Info Hub! The State of New Jersey’s goal is to ensure an equitable and efficient COVID-19 Vaccination Program. Please see the materials below and attached for the most up to date information on the State’s Vaccine Distribution Efforts.

Finally, my staff and I have received several queries about unemployment during the pandemic. Below are some helpful resources:

Irish Soda Bread
  • 4 to 4 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup currants or raisins
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk

1.Whisk together flour, sugar, salt, baking soda:
Preheat oven to 425°F. Whisk together 4 cups of flour, the sugar, salt, and baking soda into a large mixing bowl.

2.Work the butter into the flour, add currants or raisins:
Using your (clean) fingers, work the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal, then add in the currants or raisins.

3.Make a well, mix in buttermilk, egg:
Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add beaten egg and buttermilk to well and mix in with a wooden spoon until dough is too stiff to stir.

4.Lightly knead dough and form dough mound:
Dust hands with a little flour, then gently knead dough in the bowl just long enough to form a rough ball. If the dough is too sticky to work with, add in a little more flour. Do not over-knead!

Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and shape into a round loaf. Note that the dough will be a little sticky, and quite shaggy (a little like a shortcake biscuit dough).
You want to work it just enough so that the flour is just moistened and the dough just barely comes together. Shaggy is good. If you over-knead, the bread will end up tough.

5.Score with an X:
Transfer dough to a large, lightly greased cast-iron skillet or a baking sheet (it will flatten out a bit in the pan or on the baking sheet).
Using a serrated knife, score top of dough about an inch and a half deep in an "X" shape. The purpose of the scoring is to help heat get into the center of the dough while it cooks.

Transfer to oven and bake at 425°F until bread is golden and bottom sounds hollow when tapped, about 35-45 minutes. (If you use a cast iron pan, it may take a little longer as it takes longer for the pan to heat up than a baking sheet.)
Check for doneness also by inserting a long, thin skewer into the center. If it comes out clean, it's done.
Hint 1: If the top is getting too dark while baking, tent the bread with some aluminum foil.
Hint 2: If you use a cast iron skillet to cook the bread in the oven, be very careful when you take the pan out. It's easy to forget that the handle is extremely hot. Be sure to put a pot holder over it.

7.Let cool a few minutes:
Remove pan or sheet from oven, let bread sit in the pan or on the sheet for 5-10 minutes, then remove to a rack to cool briefly.
Serve bread warm, at room temperature, or sliced and toasted. Best when eaten warm and just baked.

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