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Legislative Updates

On March 4, the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and 600 other organizations nationwide in urging Congress to extend the application deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

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On March 1, Governor Murphy announced that starting March 15, teachers and childcare providers, among others, will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and on March 29, essential workers will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

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On February 23, Governor Phil Murphy delivered the FY2022 Budget Address via a pre-reordered speech, streamed live to the Legislature and the public.

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On February 17, Governor Phil Murphy, Congressman Donald Norcross, Senate President Sweeney and local and county officials announced $250 million for the redevelopment of the Walter Rand Transportation Center (WRTC). This is the center’s first major renovation since opening in 1989.

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On February 17, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced that it has launched a website to provide information on the Economic Recovery Act of 2020 and collect input from the public on the implementation of the package of tax incentive, financing, and grant programs that will be created under the Act.

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On February 16, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 221, which creates the Office of Climate Action and the Green Economy. This newly formed Office will focus on the interlocking priorities of addressing climate change, ensuring New Jersey’s clean energy future, and transitioning to a green economy while prioritizing equity and environmental justice.

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On February 9,Governor Phil Murphy and State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio announced that New Jersey will follow the federal government’s lead in allowing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to be tax exempt at the state level and enable recipients

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On February 5, the CCSNJ was proud to join Governor Murphy virtually for the signing of S3340/A5246, which expands opportunities for restaurants, bars, distilleries, and breweries to provide outdoor dining and permits certain sales at seasonal farm market

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On February 3, Governor Murphy announced he will be signing an Executive Order increasing capacity limits and making other changes for restaurants, casinos, gyms, personal care businesses, and amusement and recreation facilities. The Order will go into ef

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On January 28, the Senate passed S- 3093 (Gopal/Sweeney), which establishes a county-based mitigation plan to allow businesses to operate during a pandemic.

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On January 21, CCSNJ Manager of Government Affairs Hilary Chebra testified before the Senate Commerce Committee in support of S- 3093 (Gopal/Sweeney).

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On January 13, Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) Manager of Government Affairs, Hilary Chebra testified before the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee in support of a bill package sponsored by Majority Leader Louis D. Greenw

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On January 12, Governor Phil Murphy delivered the State of the State Address, broadcast virtually for the first time in state history due to the pandemic.

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On January 11, 2021, the Senate and Assembly passed S-3340/A-5246, which expands opportunities for restaurants, bars, distilleries, and breweries to provide outdoor dining and permits certain sales at seasonal farm markets in response to COVID-19 public h

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On January 4, 2021, Governor Murphy signed A-4853/S-3011 which will pause an automatic increase in employer unemployment taxes related to benefits paid during the COVID-19 pandemic state of emergency.

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On January 1, 2021, New Jersey's minimum wage increased to $12. This increase is part of the legislation Governor Murphy signed in 2019 that incrementally raises the minimum hourly wage to $15 by 2024 for most employees. The law gives seasonal, small, and

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On January 4, 2021, Governor Murphy vetoed A-4525/S-3128 (Freiman, Mazzeo, Verrelli, Houghtaling/Pou, Sarlo, Cruz-Perez) which would have expanded opportunities for restaurants, bars, distilleries and breweries to provide outdoor dining and permits certai

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The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill Monday night that provides $600 stimulus payments to individuals, adds $300 to extended weekly unemployment benefits, and provides more than $300 bill..

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On December 21, the New Jersey Senate and Assembly passed, A-4/S-3295 which establishes the "New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020" and includes a total cap of $11.5 billion over six years for a variety of different incentive programs. The bill now sit

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On December 18, the Senate Budget and Appropriation Committee and the Assembly Appropriations Committee favorably released the economic growth tax incentive legislation. The legislation, A-4/S-3295 establishes the "New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020

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On December 15, Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Coughlin, Senator Ruiz and Assemblywoman Pintor Marin announced an agreement on a tax incentive reform package following almost two years of negotiations over reestablishing this

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On December 7, Majority Leader Lou Greenwald introduced the Mainstreet Relief Bill Package.

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On November 16, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced a wide range of new restrictions restrictions covering, among others, restaurants, retail, offices, gatherings, gyms, and schools.

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On November 16, Governor Murphy announced he will sign an Executive Order imposing additional COVID-19 restrictions.

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On November 12, Governor Murphy released Executive Order 195, which allows municipalities and counties the option, should they so choose, to enact an 8 p.m. curfew for nonessential business operations, such as “Main Street” small retailers, personal care

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On November 12, Governor Murphy announced municipalities and counties will be granted the discretion to impose curfews for non-essential businesses as early as 8pm. Municipal or county actions, such as restrictions on essential businesses, full business c

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On November 9, CCSNJ President and CEO Christina Renna testified before the Assembly Appropriations Committee in support of A- 4910 (Burzichelli).

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On November 9, Governor Murphy announced new restrictions on bars, restaurants and indoor interstate sports to help curb the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

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On November 9, CCSNJ President and CEO Christina Renna testified before the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

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On November 4, New Jersey held an election day like no other. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, on August 14, Governor Murphey signed Executive Order 177, which created a modified vote-by-mail (VBM) election. Each county’s elections officials were required

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On October 28,Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 192, which creates a number of onerous new health and safety mandates on employers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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On October 22 at 9:30 a.m., the NJ Business Coalition, of which the CCSNJ is a member, held a virtual town hall, which consisted of business owners from various industry sectors who discussed their unique challenges and struggles to remain operational ami

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Tomorrow October 22 at 9:30 a.m., the NJ Business Coalition, of which CCSNJ is a member, will host a virtual town hall where business owners will speak about how they are faring in a restricted world due to the pandemic and what capacity levels are needed

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On October 21, Governor Murphy, with Congressman Donald Norcross, announced an additional $14 million in CARES Act funding for Workforce Development Programs. The funding will be allocated in the following ways:

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On October 19, Governor Phil Murphy vetoed S-2704/A-4413 (Sweeney, Gopal, A.M. Bucco, Cruz-Perez/Bramnick, Burzichelli, DeCroce), which would have appropriated $30 million to EDA from federal "Coronavirus Relief Fund" to assist food establishments impacte

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On October 15, Governor Phil Murphy along with the Chief Executive Officers from the New Jersey CEO Council announced their commitment to hire or train 30,000 additional employees from underserved communities by 2030.

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On October 15, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 189, which extends the filing deadline for 2019 Corporate Business Tax (CBT) calendar year returns being filed under extension to November 16, 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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On October 15, Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order that extends the moratorium on utility shutoffs. No household may have its electricity, gas service, or water shut off for nonpayment through March 15th, 2021.

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On October 13, Governor Phil Murphy stood with Lieutenant Governor Oliver, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, and Congressman Tom Malinowski to announce $100 million in additional Coronavirus Aid, R

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On September 18, Governor Murphy signed into law S232 / A2212 (Singleton / Weinberg / Ruiz / McKeon / Vainieri Huttle / Timberlake), which requires the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to consider the cumulative impacts of

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On September 17, the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) testified before the Economic Growth Committee in support of a package of bills sponsored by Senator Singleton, which would support the development and growth of minority and women-owned

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Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin announced today that a deal had been reached on the FY2021 state budget. This announcement comes well in advance of the budget deadline of September 30 with the Legis

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On September 11, the CCSNJ submitted testimony to the Legislature on the Governor's Revised FY2021 Budget. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Assembly and Senate Budget Committees did not take testimony in person, accepting only written testimony.

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On September 14, Governor Murphy signed S-2380 (Sweeney), which would create a rebuttable presumption for workers compensation insurance for certain essential employees who contracted COVID-19 during the scope of their employment. While the CCSNJ understa

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Today, September 1, gyms and fitness centers may reopen under new guidelines including social distancing, masks and other safety protocols.

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On August 31, Governor Murphy announced restaurants statewide will be able to resume indoor dining beginning this Friday, September 4th, at 25% capacity. The guidelines will include social distancing between tables and masks required for anyone not eating

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On August 27, the Assembly and Senate passed S232 / A2212 (Singleton / Weinberg / Ruiz / McKeon / Vainieri Huttle / Timberlake), which requires the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to consider the cumulative impacts of locating ne

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Governor Phil Murphy announced that New Jersey gyms are permitted to reopen, operating under new guidelines, at 25 percent capacity. The new rules that gyms must comply with will be released on September 1 and are expected to include safety guidelines tha

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On August 25, Governor Murphy delivered the revised FY2021 budget address at Rutgers University’s SHI Stadium. The $32.4 billion state budget consists of four mechanisms to help New Jersey recover from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic: tighte

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On August 20, the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) testified before the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee on the impact of the pandemic on the economies of the State's regions and the consideration of a regional reopening

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On August 13, Senator Troy Singleton of the 7th legislative district renewed his call for a regionalized reopening strategy for all of New Jersey. The Senator's statement follows the NJ Business Coalition's...

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On August 12, the NJ Supreme Court ruled that the “New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act,” which authorized issuance of State bonds totaling up to $9.9 billion is constitutional.

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On August 11, the NJ Business Coalition, which the CCSNJ is a participant of, submitted to Governor Murphy the Recovery and Reinvention Framework 2.0. This comprehensive update to the original framework issued in early May strongly encourages a regional r

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On July 30, the New Jersey Senate and the Assembly passed S-2676 (Vitale)/A-4389 (McKeon), which would implement a new 2.5 percent tax on fully insured health insurance premiums for health benefits plans.

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Tomorrow, on July 30, the New Jersey Senate and the Assembly will vote on S-2676 (Vitale)/A-4389 (McKeon), which would implement a new 2.5 percent tax on fully insured health insurance premiums for health benefits plans.

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On July 27, the Assembly Appropriations Committee, by a vote of 7-4, released from committee A-4389 (McKeon), which would implement a new tax on fully insured health insurance premiums for health benefits plans.

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n July 23, the Senate Commerce Committee, by a vote of 3-2, and the Assembly Financial Institutions Committee, by a vote of 9-4, both released from Committee S-2676 (Vitale)/A-4389 (McKeon), which would implement a new 2.75 percent tax on fully insured he

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Tomorrow, on July 23, the Senate Commerce Committee and the Assembly Financial Institutions Committee will vote on S-2676 (Vitale)/A-4389 (McKeon), which would implement a new 2.75 percent tax on fully insured health insurance premiums for health benefits

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On Tuesday, July 14, Governor Phil Murphy and Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver presided over the first meeting of the Atlantic City Restart and Recovery Working Group.

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On Tuesday, July 14 the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee favorably released S-2697/A-4175 (Sweeney/Sarlo/Pintor Marin/McKeon), otherwise known as the “New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act,” which authorizes issuance of State bonds totaling up to

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On Tuesday, July 14 the Senate Budget & Appropriations Committee with vote on S-2697 (Sweeney/Sarlo), otherwise known as the “New Jersey COVID-19 Emergency Bond Act,” which authorizes issuance of State bonds totaling up to $9.9 billion.

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On July 8, Governor Murphy announced he will be signing an Executive Order requiring masks to be worn outside in public when social distancing isn’t possible.

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Governor Murphy announced the reopening of indoor dining at 25 percent capacity, previously scheduled for July 2, has been postponed indefinitely. In his remarks, the Governor stated that this decision is primarily based on spikes in other states across t

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On June 26, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 157, which contains requirements for indoor dining, which can resume on July 2.

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On June 24, Governor Murphy announced that on July 2 museums, aquariums and libraries may reopen at 25 percent limited capacity. The Governor also announced that indoor recreation facilities may reopen – including indoor bowling alleys, batting cages, sho

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On June 23, Governor Murphy announced that on July 2 amusement and water parks, including boardwalk rides, may reopen with 50 percent limited capacity.

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On June 22, Governor Murphy announced that on July 2 casinos will reopen operating at 25 percent capacity and indoor dining may resume, also limited to 25 percent capacity.

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Governor Murphy previously signed Executive Order 154, which permits additional businesses to reopen today, June 22, including...

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Today, on June 15, Stage Two of the state’s reopening plan begins. The reopening plan, as established by Governor Murphy, is welcome news to many amid a myriad of complaints that the Administration is taking too long to ease restrictions as COVID-19 healt

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Please see the following statement issued by the New Jersey Business Coalition, which the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) is proud to be a part of, on the slow and at times, confusing timelines and guidelines for business reopening in New

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On June 11, Governor Murphy unveiled the "One Jersey Pledge,” which lays out a series of safety protocols that businesses should agree to when reopening to demonstrate they have taken steps to keep employees, customers and their premises safe.

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On June 9, Governor Murphy announced he will be signing an Executive Order lifting the stay-at-home order effective immediately.

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On June 5, President Donald Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (PPPFA). This measure gives business owners more time and flexibility to use loan money and still have it forgiven as part of the Paycheck Protection Program

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On June 1, Governor Phil Murphy announced the state is entering "Stage 2" of the reopening plan he laid out last month. The Governor stated he will be allowing outdoor dining, hair salons, gyms and nonessential retail stores to reopen, but with staggered

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On May 29, Governor Phil Murphy announced he will be signing an Executive Order outlining when childcare services, organized sports and youth day camps can resume:

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On May 26, the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) testified before the Senate Fiscal Recovery Strategists Committee on the significant challenges small businesses are facing as the state enters the third full month of business shutdowns. The

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Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald released the following Opinion editorial featured in New Jersey Globe which urges for a regional approach to reopening New Jersey’s economy, specifically noting the health data provided in the CCSNJ’s “South Jer

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On May 22, Governor Murphy will sign an Executive Order to lift the limit on outdoor gatherings from 10 to 25 individuals. Recreational campgrounds, both public and private, are allowed to reopen, effective immediately.

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On May 21, Governor Murphy announced the Administration will be sending in an email to every business and non-profit organization in the state a short survey to inform the Administration's efforts on next steps for reopening the economy.

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On May 18, Governor Murphy announced the three stage approach the Administration will take to allow businesses and activities to reopen.

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On May 18, Governor Murphy will sign an Executive Order to allow some additional outdoor recreational areas and businesses to restart their operations. This Executive Order will be effective May 22. Also included is an increased number of individuals who

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Today, on June 15, Stage Two of the state’s reopening plan begins. The reopening plan, as established by Governor Murphy, is welcome news to many amid a myriad of complaints that the Administration is taking too long to ease restrictions as COVID-19 healt

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On May 14, Governor Murphy announced the Jersey Shore will be open effective on May 22nd. Opening the Shore was among the suggestions made in CCSNJ’s Economic Reopening and Recovery Plan for South Jersey.

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On May 13, Governor Murphy announced permitting reopening of nonessential retail stores for curbside pick up, and drive thru attractions, as well as permit nonessential construction to resume.

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On May 8, Governor Phil Murphy unveiled the Restart and Recovery Advisory Council, a New Jersey specific Advisory Council comprised of industry leaders to advise the administration on be immediate questions surrounding the safe restart

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On May 4, The NJ Business Coalition submitted to the Governor and Legislature "The New Jersey Recovery and Reinvention Framework."

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On May 7, The Assembly Commerce and Economic Development and Senate Budget and Appropriations will meet via teleconference. The agenda's for the committees are as follows:

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On April 29, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 133, which allows golf courses and county parks to reopen. It also directs all state parks to open.

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Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 131, creating the Governor’s Restart and Recovery Commission, a commission charged with advising the administration on the timing and preparation for New Jersey’s recovery from the COVID-19 shutdown.

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On April 27, Governor Phil Murphy announced his plan to reopen New Jersey's economy.

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Governor Phil Murphy announced extensive measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19, which mandated the closure of all physical retail businesses deemed to be nonessential.

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On April 17, Senate President Steve Sweeney announced Budget Chair Senator Paul Sarlo and Senate Republican Budget Officer Senator Steve Oroho as the Senate's bipartisan fiscal strategists.

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On April 14, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a new package of bills passed by the legislature yesterday to address the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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On April 14th, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 127, extending various deadlines associated with rulemaking for state agencies until 90 days following the end of the public health emergency.

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On April 11th, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 125, requiring specific policies on restaurants that have remained open for takeout orders.

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On April 13, Governor Murphy with Governor Andrew Cuomo, Governor Ned Lamont, Governor Tom Wolf, Governor John Carney and Governor Gina Raimondo announced New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Rhode Island will be...

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On April 13th, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 126 which prohibits Internet and phone services from being shut off until 30 days after the public health emergency.

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On April 13, the New Jersey Senate and Assembly is slated to take up a package of bills to help provide relief to businesses during the COVID19 crisis.

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On April 9, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 123, extending grace periods.

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On April 8, Governor Phil Murphy today signed Executive Order No. 122, ceasing all non-essential construction projects and imposing additional mitigation requirements on essential retail businesses and essential industries to limit the spread of COVID-19

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As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) is proud to participate in the “New Jersey Business Coalition,” a group of more than 40 major business and nonprofit associations representing employers

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On April 1, Governor Phil Murphy, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin announced changes to the tax filing deadline and the state budget timetable.

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On March 30, Governor Phil Murphy and Superintendent of the State Police Colonel Patrick Callahan announced an Administrative Order amending which businesses are permitted to operate and clarifying the ways in which some businesses may operate

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Governor Phil Murphy announced that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board approved a package of emergency assistance programs that will drive $75M of public and private funding to help small businesses and non-profits

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Please see the links for several helpful resource guides that businesses and nonprofits can use to understand the CARES Act.

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On March 27, President Donald Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion aid package in responses to the COVID-19 crisis.

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