The New Normal in N.Y.: High Virus Rates and a Steady Stream of Cases

As New York races to vaccinate residents while variants spread, the state’s positive test rate and case counts are likely to remain stable for a while.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #new-york-state

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As Some States Limit Voting Rights, New Jersey Will Expand Them

New Jersey, a state controlled by Democrats, will offer more than a week of early in-person voting for the first time before November’s election.

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‘I’ve Lost a Lot of Faith’: Suburban Parents Push Schools to Reopen Faster

Frustration over pandemic reopening plans is growing in New Jersey’s affluent suburbs, where taxes are high and many students are barely in classrooms.

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New Jersey Sues Smith & Wesson Over Its Gun Advertising

The future of gun control may be at stake.

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Smith & Wesson Fights a Case in New Jersey. Gun Control Could Be the Winner.

A case in New Jersey about Smith & Wesson’s advertising could expose secrets that the industry would prefer to keep hidden.

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Gov. Phil Murphy Unveils N.J. Budget Plan With No New Taxes

A $44.8 billion spending plan unveiled Tuesday by Gov. Phil Murphy calls for no new taxes and fully funds the state pension program for the first time since 1996.

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Marijuana Is Legal in New Jersey, but Sales Are Months Away

Legislation signed on Monday decriminalizes the use or possession of up to six ounces of cannabis, ending an era of disproportionate arrests in communities of color.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #law-and-legislation, #marijuana, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-state

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2 Supervisors and Guard Charged in Attacks at Notorious Women’s Prison

The assaults left at least six inmates with injuries. One guard at the New Jersey prison is accused of punching a woman 28 times.

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Schools Were Set to Reopen. Then the Teachers’ Union Stepped In.

Students didn’t return to elementary schools in Montclair, N.J., as planned after a tense week of debate and a boycott of prep sessions by some educators.

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It Was a Landmark Crime Bill. Then a State Senator Added a Special Favor.

The clause to weaken penalties for official misconduct in New Jersey was added by a powerful Democrat whose girlfriend’s son faces five years in prison.

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McKinsey Issues a Rare Apology for Its Role in OxyContin Sales

The firm faced criticism after a report revealed that consultants had discussed destroying documents related to the opioid business and proposed that a drugmaker pay its distributors rebates for overdoses.

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N.J. Governor Wants Schools Open. Local Officials Have Other Ideas.

The tensions point to the difficulty governors across the Northeast have had in persuading districts to reopen — decisions that often require school boards to buck powerful unions.

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19% Test Positive as Outbreak Accelerates in N.J.’s Largest City

After nearly one in five residents who were tested over three days last week were found to have the coronavirus, Newark announced a set of strict new rules.

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Is a Second Wave Starting in N.Y.C.?

There’s an alarming trend in the city: Coronavirus cases are on the rise as winter nears. The mayor is warning of tighter restrictions.

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Second Coronavirus Wave in NYC: Is it Starting?

There’s an alarming trend in the city: Coronavirus cases are on the rise as winter nears. The mayor is warning of tighter restrictions.

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Virus Cases Spike Again in N.Y.C. as New Restrictions Are Considered

The surge could threaten the city’s halting recovery, including its success at reopening public schools and allowing limited indoor dining.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #levine-mark-d, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional

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As Virus Rate Surges to 6%, N.J. Governor Warns of Crackdown

Like New York, the state had beaten back the virus in the early days of the pandemic. Now, it is bracing for another battle.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey

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Recreational Marijuana Legalized by New Jersey Voters

Voters approved a constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis in New Jersey, putting pressure on neighboring states like New York.

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Virus Cases Spike in New Jersey, Threatening ‘Lurch Backward’

Gov. Philip D. Murphy said that residents should refrain from all but necessary out-of-state travel.

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Even Paper Bags Will Be Banned From N.J. Supermarkets

The bill, which would make the state the first to ban single-use paper bags at supermarkets, would also ban single-use plastic bags in stores and restaurants.

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N.J. Will Borrow $4.5 Billion as Pandemic Pain Hits States

It is one of the first states to take on debt to plug a budget hole created by the impact of the coronavirus.

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Deal Reached in N.J. for ‘Millionaires Tax’ to Address Fiscal Crisis

Gov. Philip Murphy said the tax would help make up shortfalls caused by the pandemic, but Republicans warned it would lead to an exodus of wealthy residents.

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Why New Jersey’s Plan for In-Person Schooling Is Falling Apart

Growing numbers of districts are going online only, citing teacher shortages, ventilation issues and delayed guidance from the state on the virus.

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$1,000 ‘Baby Bond’ Proposed in N.J. in Bid to Narrow the Wealth Gap

A plan would set aside money at birth for children in most families, giving them a financial lift when they reach 18 and enter adulthood.

#babies-and-infants, #black-people, #booker-cory-a, #budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #income-inequality, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #politics-and-government, #pressley-ayanna, #race-and-ethnicity

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Daughter of Haitian Immigrants Would Be 1st Black Woman on N.J. High Court

Fabiana Pierre-Louis, 39, would also be the only Black judge currently seated on the state’s Supreme Court.

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New Local Election Ordered in N.J. After Mail-In Voter Fraud Charges

A judge ruled that the election in Paterson had been irreversibly tainted. The president has used the case to assail mail-in voting as dangerous, though election experts disagree.

#absentee-voting, #elections-city-councils, #grewal-gurbir-s, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #paterson-nj, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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New Jersey Will Hold Mail-in Election in November, Over Trump’s Objections

Gov. Philip D. Murphy said all 6.3 million voters in the state would be sent ballots to return either by mail or deposit in secure drop boxes.

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New Jersey Gym Owners Are Desperate to Reopen

New Jersey is one of seven states where health clubs have been barred from reopening. The governor says it’s too soon, but some gym owners are rebelling.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #cuomo-andrew-m, #dancing, #exercise, #martial-arts, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey

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After Isaias, 2.5 Million Still Without Power in N.Y., N.J. and Connecticut

Utilities in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut raced to restore power, but officials said it might take several days, in some cases.

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Virus Cases Are Rising in N.J., Spurred by Young Partygoers at the Shore

Coronavirus cases have jumped by 28 percent. The governor pleaded “one more time to parents and kids”: Don’t gather inside.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #parties-social, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional

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About 20% of N.J. Prisoners Could Be Freed to Avoid Virus

Believed to be the first Covid-19 bill of its kind, the legislation could free more than 3,000 New Jersey prisoners who are within a year of release.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #law-and-legislation, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #prisons-and-prisoners, #rory-price-jr, #sentences-criminal, #state-legislatures

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‘Freeholder,’ Title ‘Born From Racism,’ to Be Eliminated

New Jersey will replace “freeholder,” the 18th-century designation for county lawmakers, with the word “commissioner.”

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N.J.’s Primary Is Mostly by Mail This Year. Here’s Why That Matters.

Officials are monitoring the state’s first mainly vote-by-mail election closely, with an eye on its implications for November.

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A Kennedy Wife and a Professor Compete to Run Against a Trump Backer

Stakes are high in the Democratic primary for a New Jersey congressional seat: The winner will face a candidate who defected from the party to support Trump.

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Buried in N.J.’s Budget Cuts: a Break for a Billionaire

A stopgap budget with $4 billion in cuts also includes an opening for private development in state parks, like a long-desired expansion of a golf course into Liberty State Park.

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Rethinking Indoor Dining in N.Y.C.

The start of indoor service was postponed in New Jersey, and Governor Cuomo said it could be delayed in the city, too.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #love-emotion, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-city

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Alarmed by Sunbelt Spike, N.Y. and N.J. Reconsider Pace of Reopening

The New Jersey governor postponed plans to allow indoor dining this week, and New York officials are considering a similar pause.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-city

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Many Students Will Be in Classrooms Only Part of the Week This Fall

Some American school districts have announced hybrid schedules that include a mix of online and in-person learning, presenting a difficult challenge for working parents.

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Jersey Shore Rebellion Erupts Over State’s Slow Reopening

Asbury Park officials voted to flout orders barring restaurants from allowing indoor dining, but backed down under pressure from the governor.

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Yes, Jersey Shore Beaches Are Reopening. Here’s How They’re Doing It.

The coronavirus has upended the rhythms of summer at the shore, a 130-mile coastline that is equal parts economic engine and cultural touchstone.

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She’s 108, Lived Through the Spanish Flu and Just Beat Covid-19

Sylvia Goldsholl, who lives in a New Jersey nursing home, is one of the country’s oldest survivors of the coronavirus. “She’s very feisty,” her nephew said.

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Biden on Assault Allegation: ‘I Wouldn’t Vote for Me if I Believed Tara Reade’

Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Americans should “vote their heart,” but also sharpened his criticism of Ms. Reade’s claim. And he made appearances on Thursday with two women in the running to be his vice president.

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In Meetings With Governors and Mayors, Biden Seeks Mantle of a Leader

The former vice president held virtual meetings with the governors of Connecticut, Michigan and New Jersey on Thursday and sought to align himself with leaders on the local level.

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Report Paints Scathing Picture of Nursing Home Where 17 Bodies Piled Up

Members of the National Guard will disinfect the New Jersey home, where residents were placed in “immediate jeopardy,” a federal review found.

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A Balmy Weekend Presents a Challenge: New Yorkers Rushing to Parks

After weeks spent indoors, people ventured outside in droves, but worried officials warned them to wear masks and keep social distance.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #masks, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #police-department-nyc

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Gov. Murphy Expects NJ Reopening to Begin Within Weeks

Gov. Philip Murphy warned that the state faces financial “Armageddon” — and could be unable to pay teachers, firefighters and police officers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #deaths-fatalities, #epidemics, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #rutgers-the-state-university-of-new-jersey, #wages-and-salaries, #world-health-organization

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He Got Off the Table After Cancer Surgery to Take on the Virus

Gov. Philip Murphy of New Jersey is skipping a restful recovery to lead the state in the crisis, even as he remains in Andrew Cuomo’s shadow.

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The Cold Calculations America’s Leaders Will Have to Make Before Reopening

With no vaccine or cure, the president, governors, mayors and county executives will have to decide how many deaths would be acceptable to restore a shattered economy.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #emanuel-ezekiel-j, #emanuel-rahm, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #murphy-philip-d-1957, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #whitmer-gretchen

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Inside the Troubled Nursing Home Where 70 Died and Body Bags Piled Up

The sprawling New Jersey nursing home, which was chronically short of staff and protective equipment, quickly fell prey to the coronavirus.

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You Can’t Go Anywhere, but Ads Still Promise Retreats

Property owners are trying to lure buyers and renters in the grip of cabin fever, but experts and state and local leaders say escaping anywhere is fraught with danger.

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