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Governor Phil Murphy

This Week in NJ - April 14, 2022


Adult-Use Cannabis Sales Set to Begin in New Jersey

The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission is issuing licenses to seven Alternative Treatment Centers (ATCs) to begin adult-use recreational cannabis sales at up to 13 locations starting Thursday, April 21. Individuals age 21 years and older will be able to purchase cannabis and cannabis products legally without a medical card.

“This is an exciting time for New Jersey,” said New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission Executive Director Jeff Brown. “New Jerseyans voted overwhelmingly to have access to adult-use cannabis and it is now here. I am very proud of the work the Commission has done over the past year to open the market. We have been intentional and deliberate to do everything in our power to set the market on good footing to start.”


Governor Murphy, Lieutenant Governor Oliver, and Congressman Kim Visit Moorestown to Highlight $335 Million Affordable Housing Production Fund

Governor Phil Murphy, Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, and Congressman Andy Kim visited Moorestown to highlight the Governor’s proposed Affordable Housing Production Fund (AHPF), which will invest $305 million in federal American Rescue Plan funding to create over 3,300 new affordable housing units across 43 developments statewide. The AHPF will allow for the full completion of all 100 percent affordable housing projects identified in municipal housing settlements that have yet to be built, eliminating the state’s backlog of these projects, by the end of the Governor’s second term. 

“Every family deserves an affordable place to call home,” said Governor Murphy. “By funding the creation of over 3,300 new affordable units, we’ll ensure that families have access to stable housing across the Garden State and work to meet our statewide obligations in the process.”

“The Affordable Housing Production Fund will be a truly historic investment for housing in our state,” said Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, who serves as Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs. “The scarcity of affordable housing in New Jersey isn’t going to be resolved until we start supporting the working people who are the foundation of our economy. They need more inventory of housing they can afford. And the only way to meet this critical need is to build decent housing.”

“For young people and families looking to put down roots here in New Jersey, there is no stronger foundation than having a place to call home,” said Congressman Andy Kim. “I’m glad to see the Murphy-Oliver Administration using American Rescue Plan money to make a real difference in people’s lives investing in safe, affordable housing. These 3,300 new homes will have far reaching effects: creating jobs, helping small businesses, and generating upward mobility for working families around the state.”


Governor Murphy, Acting Education Commissioner Angelica Allen-McMillan, and U.S. Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill Visit Pre-K Classroom in Boonton, Governor Murphy Has Coffee with Local Pre-K Mothers

Governor Murphy, Acting Education Commissioner Angelica Allen-McMillan, and U.S. Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill visited a Boonton Pre-K classroom to highlight the Murphy Administration’s expanded investments in Pre-K. Following the visit, Governor Murphy went to the Boonton Coffee Co. café to meet with local mothers of the pre-K students.

"Last year I put forward a vision of providing universal access to pre-K for every young learner ages 3 and 4 in our state," said Governor Murphy. "With nearly $70 million more for pre-K in our budget, we will keep towns like Boonton moving toward this goal."


NJEDA Board Approves Creation of New Jersey Innovation Evergreen Fund

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) Board approved the creation of the New Jersey Innovation Evergreen Fund (NJIEF), a groundbreaking new tool to increase access to strategic resources and venture capital in New Jersey. The NJIEF will create partnerships between the state and the private sector to collaboratively align New Jersey’s well-resourced corporations, and national investors to support entrepreneurs and grow the innovation economy in the state.

“The New Jersey Innovation Evergreen Fund is a groundbreaking public-private partnership that will fuel our innovation economy by attracting entrepreneurs and venture capital to the state,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “The NJIEF draws on the strengths of New Jersey’s world-class corporate leaders to create a steady stream of investment and expertise that will nurture the next generation of innovators. By fostering investments in entrepreneurship and start-up companies, we are driving job creation and economic growth for New Jersey.”

“When entrepreneurs think of leaders in innovation, New Jersey should be at the top of their list,” said NJEDA Chief Executive Officer Tim Sullivan. “The NJIEF will not only serve as a novel approach to investing in entrepreneurs, but also a key contributor for job creation and sustainable economic growth. Today’s announcement serves as a testament to Governor Murphy’s leadership in growing NJ’s innovation economy by investing in New Jersey companies and startups.”


Governor Murphy Delivers Keynote Address at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s “ReNew Jersey Business Summit”

Governor Murphy delivered the keynote address at the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's "ReNew Jersey Business Summit" highlighting his Administration's commitment to expanding economic growth and opportunity in the state. 

"Ensuring both strong economic growth and true economic equity is at the core of what it means to be the State of Opportunity," said Governor Murphy. "This is not just about this year’s budget. It has been the undercurrent for everything leading up to now – and will be for all we do in the future. No other state in America can provide business with the built-in benefits that New Jersey can – from our world-class schools and colleges and universities, to our location, to our highly skilled workforce."