Friday, June 18, 2021

NJDSC Chairman Currie's Update - June 18 2021


Last night our New Jersey Democratic State Committee voted for a new Executive Board led by my successor and friend, Chairman LeRoy Jones of Essex County. I have tremendous confidence in Chairman Jones and his team and I know that our party is in good hands, and I congratulate him on beginning what I m sure will be a successful tenure as NJDSC Chairman. Read more about Chairman Jones and our party s new leadership team here. 

Leading our Democratic Party has been the privilege and honor of my career in public service and I would like to thank the DSC members and Democratic leaders around the state for their support over the years as we accomplished so many great things together. 

I will not be going away and I look forward to continuing to serve as Chairman of the Passaic County Democrats and to keep contributing to the success of our party however I can. This is a critical year for our state and we need all hands on deck to help re-elect Governor Murphy and expand our majority in the State Senate and Assembly. 

Finally, I want to say thank you to all the New Jersey Democrats who have helped our party succeed so much over the last eight years. Whether you donated to our party or our candidates, came to our events, attended one of our trainings, shared our content with your networks or simply voted for Democratic candidates, you have made a difference in the direction of New Jersey, and we could not do it without your support. 

Thank you, 

Chairman John Currie 

P.S. -- I would like to wish you a happy Juneteenth as our state celebrates this incredibly meaningful holiday for the first time. Read more here to learn about how New Jersey is marking the occasion and the history behind the day.

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Friday, June 11, 2021

NJDSC Chairman Currie's Update - June 11 2021



The Primary Election is over and we now know who the Republican nominee facing off with Governor Murphy will be -- longtime Trenton insider, Trump fan, Christie collaborator, and former Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli. Read our new blog post laying out five things to know about Republican Ciattarelli, from his embrace of Trump's election lies to his extreme conservative positions on critical issues. 

Header: Gov. Murphy Update

Governor Murphy and his team are continuing the state's incredibly successful vaccine distribution campaign, which is now recognized as one of the best in the nation. Over 5.5 million residents have now received at least their first shot, which ranks sixth among all states. This tremendous progress is helping us all get closer to returning to our normal lives as businesses reopen, public events start to be scheduled again and families and friends are reunited after so much time apart. 

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

While New Jersey and the country as a whole are making enormous strides in defeating COVID-19, the same cannot be said about many other countries where access to lifesaving vaccines is currently not possible. President Biden announced this week that his administration would provide 500 million doses to countries around the world to help them begin their own vaccine programs. This is not only the moral choice, it's also a smart investment as eradicating the pandemic across the globe is the only way to ensure that it never rises again in our own communities. 

Thank you, 

Chairman John Currie 

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Quick Update - June 11 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.   A Bipartisan Physical Infrastructure Package.

  • This week, the Problem Solvers Caucus, which I Co-Chair, announced a bipartisan physical infrastructure framework called "Building Bridges" to help rebuild North Jersey’s crumbling roads, bridges & tunnels (including the Gateway Tunnel) – plus address our water, energy, and broadband issues. Watch at CNN,  FoxNewsMSNBC, MSNBC, CNBC and The Recount. Read more at Washington Post and Fox Business.
  • Last month, a bipartisan group of us in the PSC, Senators, and Governors held a productive summit on this critical issue. Watch at C-SPAN. The Problem Solvers also released the first bipartisan infrastructure plan. See here.
  • I am thrilled the Gateway Project took a big step forward and will keep fighting to get it done.  Read at

2.   Defending Our Democracy.

  • While I am deeply disappointed that some of my colleagues in the Senate blocked the establishment of a Jan. 6 Commission, I will keep fighting for a comprehensive investigation and real accountability to protect our nation and our democracy. Most of thr 35 Republicans who supported the Commission are from the PSC.  Watch at MSNBC and CNN.

3.   Fighting to Restore the SALT Deduction. No SALT, No Dice!

  • I authored an op-ed in “The Record” about how reinstating the SALT deduction is one of the best ways we can help New Jersey families right now. I am against any change in the tax code that doesn’t include a repeal of the SALT deduction cap.  Read at
  • I joined Rep. Tom Suozzi for a USA TODAY panel discussion.  Watch at
  • I spoke to MSNBCCNBC and  CNBC’s “Squawk Box” about lowering taxes and making life more affordable for NJ families.
  • Read more at  ROI-NJ and

4.   COVID-19 Relief: Helping Our Families, Small Businesses and Frontline Heroes.

  • I called for more resources to replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund and get help to our local neighborhood restaurants and bars.  Watch at CBS News.
  • I visited North Country Pharmacy in Franklin Borough to thank frontline workers and vaccine distribution to our communities.  Read at WRNJ.
  • I voted to pass the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act to fight against the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans since the pandemic began. Read at  Axios.
  • I am leading a bipartisan effort to get to the bottom of the origins of this pandemic and pursuing full accountability – including holding China accountable. Read at

5.   Working to Get Our Kids Safely Back In School.

  • I was honored to join U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona in his visit to Bergenfield High School and discuss the importance of safely reopening schools.  Read at

6.   Fighting Back Jersey Style Against NY’s Manhattan Moocher Congestion Tax.

  • I announced a plan to reimburse hard-working NJ commuters getting whacked for commuting into NYC by establishing a new fee on out-of-state drivers coming into NJ. Read at  NorthJersey.comNJ.comNJ101.5 and

7.   Defending Our Critical Ally Israel and Fighting Against Anti-Semitism.

  • I welcomed the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas and took to the House floor to speak out in support of our key ally Israel. I led a bipartisan group in the House to demand support from Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin for funding of Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. Read at  The Hill and Jewish Insider.
  • I am very concerned about the rise in anti-Semitism and have been leading the call for President Biden to appoint an Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. Read at  The Hill.
  • I was proud to speak at the Bergen County Unite for Israel Parade in Teaneck. Read at

8.   Boosting Investment in Pediatric Cancer Research.

  • I hosted a roundtable with families, cancer survivors and medical experts to discuss the Fairness to Kids with Cancer Act, my bipartisan plan to boost federal investment in life-saving pediatric cancer research.  Read at WRNJ.

9.   Supporting Mental Health.

  • May was Mental Health Awareness Month, and I visited Ramapo High School to discuss the resources we need to combat the growing mental health crisis among young people.
  • I helped pass the Suicide Prevention Act in the House.
  • I hosted a roundtable with parents, educators, counselors and medical professionals to address the mental health challenges students have faced throughout the pandemic.  Read more.

10.   Clawing Back Federal Dollars.

  • I visited the wonderful Chocolate Goat Gift Shoppe in Lafayette to discuss how investing in rural internet access is essential to help our local businesses, schools and hospitals. Read at  Township Journal and  InsiderNJ.

11.   Making Progress on Police Reform.

  • As we marked a full year since the tragic murder of George Floyd, I remain committed to honoring his memory and fighting for racial justice and meaningful, lasting police reform that also shows our support for law enforcement. Read at  CNBCThe New York Times and  The Wall Street Journal.

12.   Protecting Our Schools and Communities Against Gun Violence.

  • I reintroduced my bipartisan bill – named after Alyssa Aldeff, who tragically lost her life at Parkland – to install silent panic alarms in schools throughout the country. Read at

13.   Ending Illegal Dumping.

  • I am working with local leaders to help clean up illegal dumping sites like Stag Hill in Mahwah, and to prevent future dumping of waste and toxic materials that contaminate our land and water.  Read at

14.   Protecting Seniors Against Scammers.

  • My legislation to protect seniors against financial scammers who attempt to cheat our older residents out of their hard-earned retirement passed the U.S. House. Read at

15.   Virtual Town Halls.

  • Thank you as always to all the Fifth District residents who joined us for thoughtful discussion at our recent Cup of Joe town halls.


Please don’t forget to follow us on  Twitter and on  Facebook and to please reach out to me at if you need anything.  

I’d also be grateful if you’d consider  contributing here to support our efforts to deliver common-sense leadership.


Stay safe!



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Friday, June 4, 2021

NJDSC Chairman Currie's Update - June 4 2021



The Great Trump-off of 2021, also known as the Republican Primary for Governor, rages on towards Election Day on Tuesday. The candidates are continuing to cozy up to the most extreme elements of the Republican Party, with the latest example coming this week when Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli embraced the anti-vaccine movement by promoting one of its most prominent backers in the state.

No matter which candidate prevails, the result will be clear -- a Trump Republican will be running against Governor Murphy, and we need to do everything we can to rally behind our Governor. 

Header: Gov. Murphy Update

New Jersey continues to make tremendous progress in the fight against COVID-19, and today Governor Murphy has lifted additional restrictions on indoor gatherings as vaccination rates rise and cases fall. This follows the lifting of the state's indoor mask mandate one week ago and marks our continued success in beating back the pandemic as we get closer to the Summer. 

Recognizing that progress, the state legislature passed a bill this week to officially end the state's public health emergency, one year and three months since it was originally enacted. The bill, which Governor Murphy plans to sign today, will maintain some of the executive powers that have helped keep residents safe while returning to a more normal management of state government. 

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

The Biden administration continues to make unmistakable progress on ending the COVID-19 crisis and getting our economy back on track. Vaccine numbers are progressing across the country and jobs are being filled as demand for sectors impacted by the pandemic returns. We've come a long way since January when President Biden took office and we're grateful for his steady, competent leadership. 


Thank you, 
Chairman John Currie 

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New Jersey and County COVID-19 Updates - June 4 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.

New Jersey Steps Forward with Reopening


As of today, June 4th, all indoor gathering limits are lifted, including the limits on seating at indoor venues with at least 1,000 seats.

As of last Friday, May 28th, businesses were able to open at full capacity. Social distancing is not required, but businesses are encouraged to follow CDC safety guidelines and social distancing. In addition, dance floors at bars, restaurants, and nightclubs may reopen.

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Relaxed Requirements in Work Settings


Effective today, June 4th, businesses and non-profits will no longer be required to accommodate remote work arrangements and to reduce on-site staff to the minimal number necessary. Employers at indoor worksites that are not open to the public may allow employees who can verify they are fully vaccinated to not wear a face mask and social distance. However, employees at State offices and worksites will continue to be required to wear masks and social distance until further notice. Employers can choose to issue more restrictive policies on masking and social distancing and must continue to follow other safety guidelines, including notifying employees of on-site exposure and performing health screenings of employees entering the workplace.

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Don't Miss Your Second Shot


If you have already received one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, the second shot increases the vaccine's effectiveness at preventing COVID-19 to 94%. Two weeks after your second dose, you will be considered fully vaccinated and able to resume activities that you stopped because of the pandemic. Importantly, the second dose is available at sites across New Jersey – regardless of where you received your first dose. Even if you missed your original appointment, it's not too late!

Commit to becoming fully vaccinated and get your second dose this weekend. Use the Vaccine Appointment Finder to make an appointment for your second dose at any vaccination location or call the NJ vaccine call center at 1-855-568-0545 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to find out where you can get your second shot today. 

Residents of, and people who work and study in Warren County NJ may be eligible for vaccinations at county managed clinics.   Click on this link for more information and here to schedule an appointment.

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Learn more about vaccination in New Jersey in the Department of Health's Vax Matters newsletter. Read the most recent version at the pdf link below. Last week's newsletter highlighted the lifting of major COVID-19 restrictions and student efforts in Trenton to share information about vaccines and COVID-19.

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

New Jersey Business.NJ.Gov Update - May 27 2021

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Remote Work Requirements To Be Lifted

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Beginning Friday, June 4th, 2021, businesses and non-profits will no longer be required to accommodate remote work arrangements or be required to reduce on-site staff to the minimal number necessary. Also, at indoor worksites closed to the public, employers may allow employees who can verify they are vaccinated to not wear a face mask and social distance.

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Indoor Mask Mandate and Social Distancing Requirements Will Be Relaxed

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Effective May 28th, 2021, the indoor mask mandate for most public spaces will be lifted, as well as the six-foot social distancing requirement in both indoor and outdoor spaces, the prohibition on dance floors at bars and restaurants, and the prohibition on ordering and eating/drinking while standing at bars and restaurants. Additionally, effective June 4th, 2021, indoor gathering and capacity limits will be lifted. Businesses may continue to require face coverings for employees, customers, and guests, and businesses are not permitted to restrict the use of face masks by their staff, customers, or visitors.

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Free Support for Employee Training

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SkillUp New Jersey is a free virtual training program for both employed and unemployed workers. Available courses include but are not limited to: information technology, business analysis, customer service, industry certifications, and more. This program is open 180 days after registering.

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Participate in the Symposium on COVID, Women and the Economy: Avoiding the Next "She-cession"

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Get a firsthand look at some of the long-term solutions being proposed to help women displaced from the workforce. The half-day, virtual event will bring together leading economists, academics, business professionals, and policy specialists. The panels are hosted by the New Jersey Department of the Treasury and take place June 4th, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Pre-Registration for Phase 4 Grants Reopen


Phase 4 of the Small Business Emergency Assistance Grant Program provides grants up to $20,000 to small- and medium-sized businesses and nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Pre-registration has reopened for business owners who did not pre-register in April. Businesses that have already applied for Phase 4 funding can check their application status at Pre-registration for Phase 4 will be open until June 30th, 2021.

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Sell Your Net Operating Loss and R&D Tax Credits for Cash

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The Net Operating Loss (NOL) Program enables early-stage technology and life sciences companies to sell their New Jersey net operating losses and unused research and development (R&D) tax credits to unrelated profitable corporations for cash. Capital raised through this program can be used for costs including, but not limited to: fixed asset purchases; construction, acquisition, and development of real estate; materials; tenant fit-out; working capital; salaries; and, R&D expenditures. The New Jersey Economic Development Authority is accepting applications online through June 30th, 2021.

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Apply to the New Jersey Future of Work Accelerator

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Businesses, non-profits, or individuals with an idea, solution, or initiative that improves job quality and economic security for New Jerseyans are invited to apply to the New Jersey Future of Work Accelerator. Through the free Accelerator, accepted participants will receive connections to funders, custom coaching, and opportunities to pilot or scale worker-centric programs in New Jersey. Applications are now open.

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The PPE Access Program Deadline is May 28th, 2021


There is only a couple of days left for New Jersey-based businesses and organizations with 100 or fewer employees to apply for and use discounts of nearly 70% off purchases of personal protective equipment through the NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program. Businesses that were approved previously do not need to reapply, but any discounts they have redeemed to date will be counted toward the program cap.

Apply For Discounts

Read about additional regulations and funding opportunities on our COVID page and Business Updates page.

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