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Governor Christie Proposes New Regulations To Collect Unemployment Benefits

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
March 12, 2013

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Unemployed New Jersey residents may soon have another hurdle to clear in order to collect unemployment benefits.

Governor Christie has proposed new regulations for collecting unemployment in order to save money. They include, registering for and doing weekly searches on an online state run jobs board. Claudia Reis with the National Employment and Lawyers Association of New Jersey says this is not viable.

“To disenfranchise a whole population of people from using the site because they’re not going to be able to access it because perhaps they don’t have the skills or they don’t have the financial wherewithal to afford a computer in the home or internet access in the home is devastating.”

New Jersey has the fourth highest unemployment rate in the country, and over 150,000 unemployment claims are filed with the state every week.

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