Friday, April 30, 2021

NJDSC Chairman Currie's Update - April 30 2021

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Greetings!

 

As our country continues to grapple with issues like racial justice and police reform, we need our elected leaders to step up and lead these difficult conversations now more than ever. Just last week, Mayor Ras J. Baraka of Newark convened a conversation with some of the state's highest ranking Black elected officials in response to the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict.

You can watch this powerful, candid discussion here: 

https://www.facebook.com/CityofNewark/videos/607350373555751

Header: Gov. Murphy Update

Governor Murphy just announced yet another major milestone in the state's vaccination campaign, with over 3 million residents now fully vaccinated. We are well on our way to meeting Governor Murphy's ambitious vaccination goals and to getting our state opened back up in a safe, responsible way. 

For up to date information regarding new cases and directives regarding coronavirus, or information on vaccine registration and signup, visit the state's dedicated COVID-19 Information Hub or follow Governor Murphy's official pages on social media. You can also reach the state's Vaccine Call Center at 1-855-568-0545.  

Twitter: @GovMurphy

 
Header: President Biden Update

President Biden made his first joint address to Congress this week where he celebrated the incredible progress his administration has made to combat the pandemic and support working families. The President also pushed for more congressional action on vital priorities like investing in our infrastructure and providing support to families. And he did it sitting beside two women serving in the positions of Vice President and Speaker of the House, something that has never before happened in our nation's history. 

Watch highlights from the President's address here.

Thank you, 

Chairman John Currie 

 

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New Jersey and County COVID-19 Updates - April 30 2021

Do you have questions about when and where you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, contact tracing, traveling to or from the State of New Jersey, or even finding a new job? The State of New Jersey offers up-to-date information, resources, and guidance at our COVID-19 Information Hub.


Your Voice, Your Shot!

Video

New Jersey has announced a contest calling for your videos that show why YOU are getting vaccinated and encourage others to do the same. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and protect you from getting sick. We all know that to help stop the spread of COVID-19, we need to protect ourselves and our loved ones by getting vaccinated. Your videos can make a difference to help others get vaccinated. A number of videos will be chosen to be voted on by the public. The winner will be used in the State’s COVID-19 public health campaign.

Videos must be submitted by May 11th.

Video Contest


Guidance for Reopening Summer Camps

Summer Camp

Summer youth overnight and day camps will be permitted to open for the 2021 season. All overnight and day camps must follow new COVID-19 health and safety protocols outlined in guidance issued this week by the NJ Department of Health, including:

  • Daily health screenings
  • Infection control protocols such as face masks and social distancing
  • Policies and protocols for when a staff member or camper receives a positive COVID-19 test
  • For overnight camps, unvaccinated staff and campers must receive a negative test result within 72 hours of arriving on-site and all staff and campers will be required to receive a test within 3-6 days of arrival

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Moving Forward with Reopening

Building

New Jersey announced upcoming plans to ease a variety of COVID-19 restrictions over the coming weeks:

  • The general outdoor gathering limit will increase from 200 people to 500 people.
  • Outdoor capacity for large venues with 1,000 fixed seats or more will increase to 50 percent capacity.
  • Capacity limits for indoor private catered events, including proms and wedding receptions, will increase to 50 percent capacity of the room, but no more than 250 people.
  • Dance floors at indoor private catered events, including proms and wedding receptions, can reopen with masking and social distancing requirements in place. Dance floors will remain closed at bars and nightclubs.

New Jersey'€™s reopening plans are based on data that demonstrates improvements in public health and the capacity to safeguard the public. Additional details surrounding the easing of COVID-19 restrictions are expected to be announced next week.

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Do Not Miss Out on Your Tax Credit

Tax Credit

The Federal and New Jersey Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) programs can help put money back in your pockets. In 2021, more money is available, and more tax filers are eligible than ever before. Free tax return preparation is also available for people who generally make $57,000 or less, people with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers. Find free tax prep help near you, and learn more about the NJ EITC at njeitc.org.

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Rental Assistance Available

Rent

The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program Phase II lottery application period remains open to help New Jerseyans pay their rent arrears or future rent. The program devotes approximately $353 million to rental assistance for low- and moderate-income households that have been financially impacted by the pandemic, including those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

In addition to the tenants themselves, landlords or advocates may apply on behalf of tenants, with the tenant’s permission.

Rental Assistance


Get Vaccinated!

Vaccine

As of this week, more than 4.2 million people have received at least one vaccine dose, and more than 3.0 million people are fully vaccinated.

Appointments are available across New Jersey and all individuals 16+ who live, work, or study in New Jersey are eligible.

  • Use New Jersey’s Vaccine Appointment Finder to schedule an appointment near you.
  • Walk-in vaccinations are available at all six vaccine mega-sites to all New Jerseyans age 16+. No appointments required.
  • The Vaccine Call Center is available at 855-568-0545 from 8 am to 8 pm in more than 240 different languages to answer questions about the vaccine and help individuals get vaccinated.
  • If you are 65 or older, you can call a special senior hotline at 856-249-7007 from 8 am to 8 pm for vaccination scheduling support.
  • If you live, work or go to school in Warren County NJ, you may be eligible to receive the vaccine from a Warren County government vaccination clinic.  Click on this link for more information.

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Friday, April 23, 2021

New Jersey COVID-19 Updates - April 23, 2021

Do you have questions about when and where you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, contact tracing, traveling to or from the State of New Jersey, or even finding a new job? The State of New Jersey offers up-to-date information, resources, and guidance at our COVID-19 Information Hub.


Rental Assistance Available

Rent Assistance

The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program Phase II lottery application period remains open to help New Jerseyans pay their rent arrears or future rent. The program devotes approximately $353 million to rental assistance for low- and moderate-income households that have been financially impacted by the pandemic, including those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

In addition to the tenants themselves, landlords or advocates may apply on behalf of tenants, with the tenant's permission.

Rental Assistance


Virtual Town Hall with Governor Murphy on April 27th

Virtual Events

On April 27th at 5 pm, Governor Murphy is hosting a virtual town hall. The Governor is looking forward to providing you the latest updates on combating the pandemic, getting New Jerseyans vaccinated, our state budget, and more. Space is limited: if you want to attend, please complete a brief form to sign up to be notified if a spot in the virtual town hall is available. You can also sign up to be notified of future town halls.

Sign Up Here


NJ Vaccine Appointment Finder

Appointment Finder

All individuals 16+ who live, work, or study in New Jersey are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. Appointments are available across New Jersey, including at all six megasites. Use New Jersey's Vaccine Appointment Finder to schedule an appointment near you. Visit covid19.nj.gov/finder today and book an appointment.

Vaccine Finder


Need Help Getting an Appointment?

Call Center

We know that the process of scheduling a vaccination appointment can seem daunting, but help is available.

  • The Vaccine Call Center is available from
    8 am to 8 pm in more than 240 different languages to answer questions about the vaccine, help individuals find vaccine appointments, register individuals in the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System, confirm registration status, and update registration information. Call 855-568-0545.
  • To report an error with the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System or get support, you can also fill out a form at covid19.nj.gov/vaccinehelp.
  • A special senior hotline is available to help our seniors schedule appointments. Dedicated appointment slots are reserved for those aged 65 and older. Call 856-249-7007.
  • See where you or a loved one can find a vaccine appointment at covid19.nj.gov/finder
  • If you live, work or go to school in Warren County NJ, you may be eligible to receive the vaccine from a Warren County government vaccination clinic.  Click on this link for more information.

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Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine Update

Review

As of April 13th, out of an abundance of caution, administration of the Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine has been paused and put on hold as the CDC and the FDA review the data involving the extremely rare adverse effects of blood clots that may be caused by this vaccine. The Federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is holding a second emergency meeting today, Friday, April 23rd, streamed live, to make recommendations to the CDC on how to proceed. This article on the NJ COVID-19 Info Hub will be updated as new information becomes available.

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Vaccination Update

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As of this week:

  • More than 6.3 million vaccine doses have been administered in New Jersey
  • More than 3.9 million people have received at least one dose.
  • More than 2.6 million people are fully vaccinated.

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Borough Council Special Community Meeting Regarding Cannabis Legislation

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The Borough Council wishes to solicit input from residents regarding the crafting of a municipal ordinance in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act and will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, May 11th @ 6:00 p.m.  The meeting call-in information appears at the end of this message.  

The Washington Borough NJ Council will be holding a meeting regarding the “New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act” (Bill No. S21) also known as the  “Recreational Cannabis Law”  Pursuant to Section 31(b) of the Recreational Cannabis Law, “a municipality may prohibit the operation of any one or more classes of cannabis establishment or cannabis distributors…”  

A municipality must enact such an ordinance within 180 days of the “effective date” of the law.  Any ordinance enacted prior to the “effective date” of the law will be null and void.  However, a municipality cannot prohibit cannabis delivery services from operating within the municipality (i.e. a municipality cannot prohibit delivery services from delivering within or passing through the municipality).
If the municipality fails to opt-out via ordinance within 180 days, the municipality is barred from enacting such an ordinance for a period of five years.  During that five-year period, dispensaries will be permitted in all retail / business zones as a conditional use and manufacturing and cultivating uses will be permitted in industrial zones.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on in-person public gatherings by executive orders of the Governor of New Jersey, meetings of the Washington Borough Council will be held remotely via Zoom.  The Zoom platform allows for members of the public to participate via computer, mobile device, or telephone.  Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 5:39-1.5(g):  Both adequate and electronic notice of how to access this electronic meeting has been provided by posting such notice on the door of the municipal building and posting such notice on the municipality's Facebook page.  Such notice specified the time of this meeting and provided instructions on how to access the meeting remotely. The following is an explanation of the procedures and requirements for making public comment as required by N.J.A.C. 5:391.4(h). 

Please keep yourself muted until the meeting moderator requests that you unmute yourself.  The Borough reserves the right to mute or remove disruptive meeting participants after an initial warning.  Disruptive conduct includes sustained inappropriate behaviors such as, but not necessarily limited to, shouting, interruption, and use of profanity.

Comments will be accepted in writing.  Written comments must be no more than 450 words and must include your name and address.  Such comments will be read into the record at the appropriate time.  However, please be advised that the Borough reserves the right to summarize duplicative comments consistent with N.J.A.C. 5:391.4(f). 

Comments can be emailed by 3:00 p.m. the day of the meeting to: lbarton@washingtonboro-nj.org.   Written comments may also be submitted via mail or dropped off at the municipal building by such day and time.

Comments will also be accepted during the appropriate times of the meeting via Zoom.  If you wish to make a comment during the meeting please use the “raise hand” button on your screen if you are signed in via Zoom.  If you are accessing the meeting via telephone, please hit *9 and the meeting moderator will call on you and identify you by the last few digits of your phone number.  You can press *6 to unmute yourself.  Please state your name and address before beginning your comment.  As always, comments are limited to three minutes per person and there will be a comment session during the meeting. 

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

Hope Kaufman and Nick LaBelle Campaign Launch Party



On behalf of the team, we wanted to thank you for signing our petition and being civically engaged.

With your help, we are proud to state that we are officially on the ballot. Mark your calendars for the June 8th primary!

We've built up a passionate and energetic team and are excited to bring a positive change.

If you share our vision of public service and want to help us get to Trenton, please consider donating to our ActBlue site (Click HERE

If you would prefer to write a check, please mail it to 5 Pruner Farm Road, Lebanon NJ, 08833 giving whatever you're comfortable with the memo "Kaufman and LaBelle for LD23".

Finally, our official campaign launch is taking place on April 25th at Round Valley Recreational Area (follow signs for The Beach) from 2-3:30pm. We'd love for you to come join us. Please RSVP using this LINK


Fighting for you,
Hope & Nick


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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Quick Update - April 18 2021 - Josh Gottheimer

Hi — I'm writing to share a quick update on my latest work in Congress. As always, please don't hesitate to drop me a note with any questions or feedback. I hope you and your family are safe and healthy.

1. COVID-19 Relief: Expanding Vaccine Distribution, Helping Small Businesses, & Cutting Taxes for Families.

  • I helped pass the latest COVID-19 relief package to ensure our communities distribute vaccines widely, get our kids and teachers back in school safely, cut taxes, lower healthcare costs, and deliver federal dollars to every town and county in the Fifth District.

  • I joined local small business owners in Allendale to discuss how we're supporting restaurants and live venues, including extending the period to apply for federal PPP loans. Read more at North-JerseyNews.com.

  • I fought to include dedicated investment to help our communities connect to broadband internet and for strike teams to help prevent COVID outbreaks at nursing homes.

  • I helped deliver Meals on Wheels to seniors in the Fifth District for nutrition and wellness programs for seniors. More on NJ food security in the Pascack Press, in WRNJ Radio here and here, and at LehighValleyLive.com.

2. Pushing For Strong Infrastructure Investment to Fix Our Crumbling Roads, Bridges, Tunnels, and Keep Our Water Clean.

  • I held an event with labor leaders at a crumbling bridge in Teaneck to further the call for the critical investment we need to make our transportation infrastructure safer, reduce traffic, create good-paying jobs, improve broadband internet access, and reinvigorate our economy. Read more in Teaneck Patch, at WRNJ Radio, and watch on ABC 7.

3. Fighting to Get Children Back Into Classrooms Safely.

  • Read the op-ed I co-authored in NJ.com about the urgency of getting our teachers vaccinated and at school.

  • I visited vaccination sites, including the Valley Hospital's Paramus location and Holy Name Medical Center's Teaneck site to say thank you to our frontline health care heroes. Read more in Paramus Patch.

4. Fighting For Lower Taxes and to Restore the SALT Deduction.

  • Ever since the 2017 Tax Hike Bill slammed New Jersey families by raising our taxes and capping the SALT Deduction, I've been fighting to reverse this wrong. Now, I'm helping to lead the broad bipartisan call to lift the cap, reinstate SALT, and actually cut taxes. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has pledged to work with me on a fix.

  • I talked about SALT and much more with David Wildstein (I've said clearly: No SALT, No dice), host of the New Jersey Globe Power Hour on Talk Radio 77-WABC.

  • I helped start the new bipartisan SALT Caucus this week. Read more on The Hill and NJ.com. Read the latest SALT updates in Bloomberg and New Jersey Globe and watch on CNBC.

5. Standing Up Against Hate, Bigotry, and Discrimination.

  • I was honored to have my colleague Rep. Andy Kim join me, local leaders, and students for a virtual roundtable on fighting the rise in hateful incidents targeting our AAPI communities (see WFMZ-TV).

  • I stood in solidarity with the North Jersey community at a candlelight vigil in Dumont to stop hate and discrimination. Read at INSIDER NJ.

6. Standing Up For New Jersey Commuters Against New York's Proposed Congestion Tax.

  • I teamed up with Rep. Bill Pascrell to fight back against New York's unfair plan to slam New Jersey commuters with a new congestion tax (what I call the Manhattan Moocher Tax) that would cost middle-class families an additional $3,000 a year on top of the already absurd $4,000 in tolls commuters already pay to drive into Manhattan. Watch on ABC-7, CBS-2, and read at NJ.com.

7. Working to Break the Gridlock and Solve Problems.

  • Read in POLITICO about my efforts to work across the aisle.

  • As Co-Chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, I also joined MSNBC to discuss how both parties can work together to solve our toughest challenges.

  • Last week, I traveled to our southern border with a delegation of the Problem Solvers Caucus to meet with law enforcement and humanitarian groups, as we develop bipartisan solutions on immigration and border security.

8. Protecting Our Seniors Against Financial Scammers.

  • I visited CareOne at the Cupola in Paramus to introduce my bipartisan Senior Security Act to safeguard our seniors against scammers.

9. Leading the Bipartisan Effort against the Nuclear-Armed, Terror-Obsessed Iran.

10. Ensuring Our Veterans Have Convenient Local Access to Healthcare and Vital Services.

  • I'm working to bring a new Vet Center to Northwest New Jersey to better serve our many veterans in the area. Read more at WRNJ Radio and North-JerseyNews.com.

11. Virtual Town Halls.

  • Thank you to the many Fifth District residents who joined me for our 60th Cup of Joe!

Please don't forget to follow us on Twitter and on Facebook and to please reach out to me at josh@josh4congress.com if you need anything.

I'd also be grateful if you'd consider contributing here to support a common-sense leader.

As always, please stay safe, and please look out for your neighbors and loved ones.

Yours,

Josh


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Friday, April 16, 2021

NJDSC Chairman Currie's Update - April 16 2021

 

Hello, fellow New Jersey Democrats!

"Undying" Trump supporter and turncoat Jeff Van Drew continues to make headlines, this time by endorsing his fellow "Stop the Steal" enthusiast Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli for Governor. This perfect pairing illustrates just how far the Republican Party has fallen, when the Republican frontrunner for his party's nomination for governor is willingly accepting the support of a politician in Van Drew who has seemingly reversed himself on every position he's taken since going to Washington.

At NJDSC we are already working to defeat Van Drew next year, along with grassroots Democrats in South Jersey and throughout the state who know how important it is to beat him. You can join the fight here by choosing your least favorite Van Drew moment, from opposing the COVID-19 relief act to siding with radical Marjorie Taylor-Green to suppressing our right to vote.

Header: Gov. Murphy Update

With two more tragic mass shootings happening this week alone, the urgent need to enact more stringent gun safety laws has never been more clear, both nationally and here in New Jersey. Governor Murphy is answering that call by proposing a sweeping new package of gun safety reforms that will make our state the toughest on guns in the country. President Biden himself is praising the governor for his quick action, thanking him for "stepping up and taking action to save lives."

For up to date information regarding new cases and directives regarding coronavirus, or information on vaccine registration and signup, visit the state's dedicated COVID-19 Information Hub or follow Governor Murphy's official pages on social media. You can also reach the state's Vaccine Call Center at 1-855-568-0545.

Twitter: @GovMurphy

Header: President Biden Update

With the 20th anniversary of 9/11 approaching, President Biden just announced that he will soon pull all U.S. forces out of Afghanistan. This decisive action shows the President's willingness to move on from the past and embrace a better future for our nation and the world.

Thank you,
Chairman John Currie


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NJ State and County COVID-19 Updates - April 16, 2021

Do you have questions about when and where you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, contact tracing, traveling to or from the State of New Jersey, or even finding a new job? The State of New Jersey offers up-to-date information, resources, and guidance at our New Jersey State COVID-19 Information Hub.


Vaccination Update: Monday Eligibility Expansion

Vaccine

On Monday, April 19th, vaccine eligibility will expand to include all individuals 16 and older who live, work, or study in New Jersey.

As of this week:

  • More than 5.8 million vaccine doses have been administered in New Jersey
  • More than 3.6 million people have received at least one dose
  • More than 2.3 million people are fully vaccinated

Despite this week's pause in administration of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, New Jersey remains confident in our ability to fully vaccinate 4.7 million adults by June 30th.

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New Financial Help for Health Insurance

Health Insurance

Get Covered New Jersey is the State's official health insurance marketplace that provides access to the resources and financial help you need to find the right coverage. Now, new state and federal financial assistance will help drastically lower health insurance costs for many New Jerseyans. If you are already enrolled, you will likely be able to claim additional savings. If you need coverage, you can explore your options. If you received unemployment compensation in 2021, you may be eligible for nearly free coverage. Enrollment is open through the end of the year but enroll by Friday, April 30th for coverage effective May 1st.

Visit GetCovered.NJ.gov


Financial Assistance for Funeral Costs

Funeral

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20th, 2020. Eligibility requirements and assistance information is available on the website. Learn more by visiting the website below then call 1-844-684-6333 to apply.

Learn More


Upcoming Virtual Vaccine Events

Virtual Events

A new COVID-19 Community Calendar highlights live, virtual community events about
COVID-19 vaccination in New Jersey. Visit the page to find events that will address your questions and concerns surrounding vaccination. Organizations can submit events on the page which will be reviewed and added to the community calendar by the Department of Health.

Community Calendar


How To Get Vaccinated

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To get your vaccination, you can do any of the following:

  • Register in the NJ Vaccine Scheduling System to be contacted when you become eligible and to be notified when an appointment is available to you through the Vaccine Scheduling System.
  • If you are currently eligible, schedule an appointment directly with vaccination sites, many of which do not make appointments through the Vaccine Scheduling System. View locations here or try the new Vaccine Appointment Finder (in beta).
  • If you are 65 or older, you can call a special senior hotline at 856-249-7007 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for vaccination scheduling support. Dedicated appointment slots are reserved for those aged 65 and older. Appointment availability and scheduling varies by location. 
  • If you live, work or go to school in Warren County NJ, you may be eligible to receive the vaccine from a Warren County government vaccination clinic.  Click on this link for more information.

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DOH Vaccination Newsletter

Newsletter

Read the most recent version of Vax Matters at the link below. Each week, the NJ Department of Health is updating its vaccination newsletter. Last week's newsletter highlighted eligibility expansion, updated travel guidance, and departmental outreach to community leaders.

Vax Matters PDF


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