N.J. lawmakers ready to protect abortion rights but back off plan to mandate insurance coverage

Published: Jan. 05, 2022

Democrats who control the state Legislature are expected to cast the first votes Thursday to protect abortion rights in New Jersey, but they will not support additional measures backed by Gov. Phil Murphy and other progressives that would mandate insurance coverage for the procedure and include undocumented women.

Cecilia Williams, spokeswoman for state Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, D-Middlesex, confirmed late Wednesday a bill would be introduced that would “codify” the right to an abortion in New Jersey, as established under a 1982 state Supreme Court decision.

The measure is expected to be heard by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Thursday morning. Assuming it is approved, the legislation will be sent to the full 80-member Assembly, which is meeting for the final voting session of the current legislative term on Monday.

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Newark Designated Top 10 'Food Desert' in NJ, Residents Encouraged to Provide Input

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Compromise in the works over Statehouse vax-or-test policy

 Politico

01/04/2022

Signs requiring proof of Covid-19 vaccination are shown posted outside committee rooms at the Statehouse on Dec. 3, 2021, in Trenton, N.J. 

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Assembly Democrats and Republicans are nearing a compromise on the Statehouse vaccine-or-test mandate, potentially heading off another protest by a small group of conservatives who used delay tactics to stretch the last voting session to 11 hours.

“It looks like something is being worked out with the majority and the speaker,” said Assemblymember John DiMaio (R-Warren), the incoming minority leader who’s largely taken leadership of the caucus since his election to the post.

DiMaio — who said he just recovered from Covid even though he’s vaccinated but not yet boosted — declined to offer details, saying only that an agreement would involve a change to the policy that “I’m not at liberty to talk about right now.”

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Rutgers says booster shots will be required amid COVID spike

Published: Jan. 04, 2022

Rutgers University students must have a booster shot for the COVID-19 vaccine by Jan. 31, school officials announced Tuesday.

The announcement by New Jersey’s largest university comes on the heels of similar decisions made throughout the country and amid a significant rise in coronavirus cases throughout the state, in large part attributed to the omicron variant.

“(The) proof of the booster must be uploaded to the vaccine portal by (Jan. 31). Students residing on campus are strongly encouraged to upload their status by Jan. 15,” Tony Calcado, executive vice president and CEO said in a letter to the campus community Tuesday morning.

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Pandemic education: The only certainty is uncertainty

JOHN MOONEY, EDUCATION WRITER | JANUARY 5, 2022 

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A second-grader masked against the coronavirus and separated from other students in the classroom

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A year ago in January 2021, when New Jersey schools were coming off a surge in the COVID-19 pandemic, questions arose about what lessons we would learn from the previous year’s unprecedented upheaval in education.

Would remote and the then-novel “hybrid model” of schooling permanently change how students are taught — for good or not so good? Would the existing gaps in learning and technology be addressed — or only widen? Would we reimagine education, as some espoused?

At the start of a new year, with the pandemic persisting and maybe worsening, it’s hard to give simple answers to what proved to be very complex questions. In some cases, the answers are still to be determined.

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Murphy may have to re-nominate N.J. Supreme Court pick or make another choice

After being stalled for nearly 10 months, it appears unlikely Gov. Phil Murphy’s latest nominee to the New Jersey Supreme Court will be confirmed in the final week of the current legislative session.

What happens next is one of a few questions regarding the makeup of the state’s highest court — and the significant role Murphy will play in shaping it as he begins his second term.

Murphy nominated civil rights attorney Rachel Wainer Apter, a fellow Democrat, last March to succeed Justice Jaynee LaVecchia, an independent who left the bench Friday. But it’s up to the state Senate to confirm her, and that hasn’t happened with just eight days to go before the current lame-duck voting session ends at noon Jan. 11 and the next state Legislature is sworn in.

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2 Essex County College Students Named to All-Academic Team

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N.J reports 3 COVID deaths, 24,710 cases. Hospitalizations quadruple from last month.

Published: Jan. 02, 2022

New Jersey on Sunday reported another three COVID-19 deaths and 24,710 confirmed positive cases, which despite breaking a streak of record-high days, coincided with the highest seven-day case average ever recorded and another increase in hospitalizations.

The number of cases reported Sunday represents a decrease of approximately 17% from the high reported Saturday, but the state’s seven-day case average still increased to 21,734, the highest ever recorded. That’s almost double (83%) the average a week ago and is more than 885% percent higher than this time last month.

The new number also marks five consecutive days the Garden State has reported more than 20,000 cases. On Friday, New Jersey reported 28,512 confirmed positive tests. Until last week, the state’s single-day record was 6,922, set Jan. 13, 2021.

The dramatic spike in cases comes as the state, region and country face a new winter surge, the rise of the omicron variant, and a massive increase in the demand for testing with many people gathering for the holidays.

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Newark Landmark Hobby's Deli Looks to Spring Reopening

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East Orange Will Serve as Federal Testing Site For All New Jersey Residents, Starting Jan. 1

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