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Governor extends moratorium on utility shutoffs

State residents struggling to pay their utilities got another five-month reprieve.Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order Thursday that pushes back the moratorium on utility shutoff until March 15.Utility companies have not been allowed to shut off service to customers during the pandemic, but that was set to end Thursday.If service has been disconnected, it … Read more Governor extends moratorium on utility shutoffs

Gov. Murphy makes Juneteenth a state holiday

Juneteenth is now a state holiday in New Jersey.With singer and Maplewood native SZA cheering him on virtually, Gov. Phil Murphy made the day known as Emancipation Day official in the state.It marks the day Union Gen. Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, to inform slaves of the Emancipation Proclamation that … Read more Gov. Murphy makes Juneteenth a state holiday

Atlantic County registry could aid interactions between law enforcement, special needs people

A new registry will allow those with special needs to register in case of an emergency or interaction with law enforcement, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon Tyner announced Friday.The Atlantic County Special Needs Registry aims to make sure those with specials needs receive the necessary assistance and give officers a heads up when dealing with someone … Read more Atlantic County registry could aid interactions between law enforcement, special needs people

Atlantic County leaders call on governor to reopen more businesses

Atlantic County leaders are calling on the governor to reopen more businesses before it’s too late.Restaurants and possibly bars, gyms and movie theaters should be able to reopen in limited capacity with the same requirements of grocery stores, shopping malls and childcare centers, Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson said.“We have already lost Memorial Day and … Read more Atlantic County leaders call on governor to reopen more businesses

‘Serious problems’ with mail-in ballots, Atlantic County elections chair warns state

The first go-around for all mail-in ballots exposed several issues that could disenfranchise voters if not fixed before the November elections, the chair of Atlantic County’s Board of Elections warned in a letter to the state.Lynn Caterson addressed “some very serious problems which occurred in Atlantic County during the recent Primary Election with regard to … Read more ‘Serious problems’ with mail-in ballots, Atlantic County elections chair warns state