Murphy signs bill extending workers comp to essential workers who got coronavirus

Posted Sep 14, 2020

A bill signed by Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday will make it easier for essential workers in New Jersey who contract the coronavirus to qualify for workers' compensation.

The new law, retroactive to March 9, removes a requirement that essential workers who came down with the coronavirus to prove they did so on the job.

As of Monday, N.J. reported 196,968 coronavirus cases.

Typically, in order to receive workers' compensation in New Jersey, an employee must prove they suffered a job-related illness or injury. This new law creates a presumption during the ongoing public health crisis that essential employees' illnesses are related to their work.

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‘We’re just trying to survive.’ N.J.’s undocumented workers left out of coronavirus relief rally for aid.

Posted Sep 14, 2020

Six months ago, as the pandemic forced parts of the economy to shut down, companies started laying off and furloughing workers.

In the months since, some of the state’s 9 million residents received a $1,200 stimulus check, applied for expanded unemployment benefits, and sought opportunities for aid through the federal Paycheck Protection Program or small business loans.

But more than 722,000 residents who are undocumented and their family members were left out of pandemic relief due to citizenship status, according to a new study released Monday by Make the Road New Jersey, an immigrant advocacy group that works closely with the Latino community.

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Long lines, frustrated drivers and maybe higher fees — lawmakers challenge NJ motor vehicle agency

JOHN REITMEYER, REPORTER | SEPTEMBER 15, 2020

NJ Spotlight

Long lines persist at MVC, even as fees are scheduled to increase.

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Lawmakers grilled the head of the state’s beleaguered Motor Vehicle Commission on Monday as they sought answers for long lines and backlogs — and a fee increase now looming for many motorists.

Challenges the agency has been facing after a lengthy, statewide closure brought on by the coronavirus pandemic have become notorious on social media and inspired recent changes in state law that was designed to ease lines.

But Democrats and Republicans on the Assembly Budget Committee wanted to know if more can be done to help those standing the in lines, questioning MVC chief administrator Sue Fulton as she appeared before them for the first time since Gov. Phil Murphy put forward a new state budget plan last month.

“The public’s perception is that nobody cares about them,” said Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-Union).

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Trump Accuses Judge of ‘Stacking the Deck’ Against Him in Tax Ruling

By William K. Rashbaum and 

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Sept. 11, 2020

President Trump’s lawyers have argued that turning his financial records over to prosecutors would cause him irreparable harm. Credit...

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President Trump’s lawyers on Friday accused a federal judge of “stacking the deck” against Mr. Trump in his long-running fight to block the Manhattan district attorney from getting his tax returns.

The assertion came in a legal filing in which Mr. Trump’s lawyers asked a federal appeals court to scrap a lower court’s decision that would allowed the district attorney to obtain the returns and other financial records.

In a forceful and sharply worded brief, Mr. Trump’s lawyers said the judge, Victor Marrero of Federal District Court in Manhattan, had given short shrift to their arguments that a subpoena seeking the tax returns was overly broad and amounted to political harassment.

The appeal was the latest turn in a protracted legal battle that began in August 2019, when the office of the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., a Democrat, issued the subpoena to Mr. Trump’s accounting firm seeking eight years of the president’s personal and corporate tax returns and other financial records as part of a criminal investigation.

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NYSE ready to leave N.J. if state imposes tax on stock trades, report says

Posted Sep 11, 2020

The New York Stock Exchange is reportedly taking a step to prepare moving its data center out of New Jersey should state leaders install a proposed tax on financial transactions such as stock trades — a tax Gov. Phil Murphy said he favors but has not included in his latest state budget proposal.

Most major U.S. stock exchanges operate their electronic trading systems in New Jersey. And the NYSE is part of a new coalition of exchanges and trading firms fighting the tax proposal and threatening to move their data centers away from the Garden State if the tax is enacted.

In a move signaling it’s prepping to leave, the NYSE will announce it will run one of its exchanges from a backup site in Chicago as a precursor to leaving the Garden State, according to an internal memo obtained and reported by the Wall Street Journal on Friday.

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Trump campaign’s amended complaint claims law codifying Murphy election order unconstitutional

By Nikita BiryukovSeptember 11 2020

New Jersey Globe

President Donald Trump in Wildwood, New Jersey on January 28, 2020

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President Donald Trump filed an amended suit seeking to invalidate a law codifying Gov. Phil Murphy’s order mandating a primarily vote-by-mail general election Friday, a continuation of his bid to tamp down on early voting here.

The amended complaint targets a bill hastily passed after Trump’s campaign, the Republican National Committee and the Republican State Committee claimed Murphy’s order was unconstitutional because the power to change the state’s election rested with the legislature.

The new filing seeks a permanent injunction blocking Secretary of State Tahesha Way from implementing the changes and a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to stop the order while the suit proceeds.

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Murphy signs bills that will get some drivers out of long MVC lines

Posted Sep 10, 2020

Gov. Phil Murphy on Thursday signed two bills into law that should help ease the long lines and multiple hour waits at state Motor Vehicle Commission agencies in New Jersey.

The bills, passed by the state Legislature last month, allow the MVC in the state to use old photos of drivers age 65 and up for more than eight years so they can renew their licenses online and establish appointments for seniors and drivers with certain medical conditions who can’t wear a face mask.

Murphy also signed a bill that gives new state residents 120 days, instead of 60, to register their vehicles and get New Jersey licenses during the COVID-19 health emergency. Both laws take effect immediately.

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It’s official: Prudential Center will be ‘super polling site’ for presidential election

Posted Sep 10, 2020

NBA Executive Director Michele Roberts and New Jersey Devils President Jake Reynolds will announce on Monday that the Prudential Center in Newark will be a polling site in the Nov. 3 election.

New Jersey will have a mostly vote-by-mail election in November due to coronavirus restrictions, but voters can still cast provisional ballots in-person at select polling locations. Residents will be able to register to vote, apply for mail-in ballots, cast ballots ahead of the election and vote in-person on Nov. 3 at the Prudential Center, the city announced Thursday.

The location will also help residents fill out 2020 Census forms.

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The Pandemic: Trump Lied -And Thousands Died

By Alan Steinberg | September 9, 2020

Insider NJ

President Donald Trump

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Since the days of Watergate, Bob Woodward has distinguished himself as the journalist whose articles have been the final word on presidential decision making and actions.  Yet for all his monumental previous works, none have been as impactful as the forthcoming book, Rage.

The book is supported by back-up tapes and interviews with President Donald Trump.  It was summarized in a column by Robert Costa and Phillip Rucker, published in the Washington Post around noon today:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bob-woodward-rage-book-trump/2020/09/09/0368fe3c-efd2-11ea-b4bc-3a2098fc73d4_story.html?no_nav=true&p9w22b2p=b2p22p9w00098&tid=a_classic-iphone

The book has revelations on a number of important topics which reinforce what we already knew about this president.  In particular, it will henceforth fail the laugh test for a Trump supporter to deny his essential racism.

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First female president of N.J.’s second largest university to retire

Posted Sep 09, 2020

After more than two decades leading the state’s second largest university, Susan A. Cole will step down as president of Montclair State University at the end of this academic year.

In her fall address on Wednesday, Cole announced she would retire on July 1, 2021 or whenever an incoming president can take over.

“This was not the kind of last year I would have preferred either for me or for all of you,” Cole said in her address. “But in this last year, whatever it brings, I will continue to do my best for you and for the university.”

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