GOVERNOR MURPHY DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN RESPONSE TO WINTER STORM
Governor Phil Murphy declared that New Jersey enter a State of Emergency in preparation for a winter storm forecasted to impact the state with severe weather conditions. Executive Order No. 285 declares a State of Emergency across all 21 counties in New Jersey, allowing resources to be deployed throughout the state during the duration of the storm.
GOVERNOR MURPHY, SENATOR MENENDEZ, SENATOR BOOKER, AND CONGRESSMAN PASCRELL ANNOUNCE $143M PROJECT TO REBUILD ROUTE 3 BRIDGE OVER HACKENSACK RIVER
Governor Murphy, Senator Menendez, Senator Booker, and Congressman Pascrell announced a $143.6 million project to rebuild the eastbound span of the Route 3 bridge over the Hackensack River, ensuring the bridge is safer for travelers. The federal lawmakers secured this funding in the $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act that was signed into law in November.
“Senator Menendez, Senator Booker, and our Congressional delegation have been relentless and persistent advocates for infrastructure investment,” said Governor Murphy. “With their support, and the leadership of the Biden Administration, we are finally beginning to see critical infrastructure funding come through from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The Route 3 bridge between East Rutherford and Secaucus is one of many projects that will benefit New Jerseyans due to this historic effort. The IIJA will provide significant funding and support for years to come as we revamp roads and bridges throughout the state.”
GOVERNOR MURPHY AND ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL BRUCK ANNOUNCE $7 MILLION INVESTMENT IN GUNSHOT DETECTION TECHNOLOGY AND OTHER POLICE EQUIPMENT TO REDUCE GUN VIOLENCE
Governor Phil Murphy and Acting Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck announced a $7 million investment in gunshot detection technology and other law enforcement equipment to reduce gun violence using federal American Rescue Plan funds. In addition, Governor Murphy and Acting Attorney General Bruck announced that 25 non-profit organizations will receive $8.2 million in grant funding for community-based violence intervention (CBVI) programming, the largest such investment in New Jersey’s history.
“Combating gun violence is a multi-faceted problem that requires a multi-faceted approach,” said Governor Murphy. “The funding will provide resources to both law enforcement agencies and community partners, equipping them with much-needed resources as we continue to fight the epidemic of gun violence. This approach allows us to make our communities safer while we continue advocating for commonsense gun safety measures.”
MURPHY-OLIVER ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES NEW PROGRAM FOR STRUGGLING HOMEOWNERS
Governor Philip D. Murphy and Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver announced the upcoming launch of the Emergency Rescue Mortgage Assistance Program (ERMA), administered by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA). This program will provide up to $35,000 in assistance to cover mortgage arrearages, delinquent property taxes, and other housing cost delinquencies for eligible homeowners negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are pleased to announce this new program that will alleviate COVID-19 related housing insecurity for thousands of New Jersey families,” said Governor Murphy. “ERMA is a powerful addition to our portfolio of measures to prevent foreclosures and help New Jersey homeowners stay in their homes.”
“Working families have faced unprecedented burdens over the last two years," said Lt. Governor Oliver, who serves as Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs and Chair of the NJHMFA board. "If you are struggling to pay your mortgage or other homeowner-associated obligations, the ERMA program can help you get back on your feet.”
GOVERNOR MURPHY ANNOUNCES INTENT TO NOMINATE SARAH ADELMAN AS NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSIONER
Governor Phil Murphy announced his intention to nominate Sarah Adelman as the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services. Adelman has served as Acting Commissioner since January 2021. The New Jersey Department of Human Services serves one in three New Jersey children and one in five adults, with a budget of approximately $20 billion in state and federal funds and a staff of more than 7,400.
“Sarah stepped into the role of Acting Commissioner amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and her leadership has successfully guided the New Jersey Department of Human Services throughout this challenging year,” said Governor Murphy. “Sarah’s unwavering dedication, coupled with her extensive knowledge of the Department and its programs, is absolutely essential as we help New Jersey families deal with the challenges presented by the pandemic. I look forward to her confirmation by the Senate and continuing to serve New Jersey’s most vulnerable communities together.”