New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy

Hispanic Heritage Month
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 Today (Tuesday)  begins a month of celebrating New Jerseyans with Hispanic or Latino roots.

It's the latest observance that will be different in 2020.

As Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy says the COVID-19 Pandemic will make the celebration not as vibrant as in years past.

"Across New Jersey Hispanic Heritage Month is one of our most colorful and meaningful celebrations and so much else this year we will have to celebrate a little differently."

NJ Governor Phil Murphy
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The state of New Jersey is predicting it's just a matter of time before cases of the Coronavirus occur in schools. It's how public health officials deal with the issue is of primary importance.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy says there has NOT been a reported case coming out of schools in the state and they are working to keep things that way as much as possible.

"I think it's about what we expected, It feels to me that the system is working, steps are being taken as it should be."

19 Years After 9/11 First Responders Are Still Paying the Ultimate Price

Sep 11, 2020
9/11
Robert Hennelly

WBGO News Director Doug Doyle speaks with WBGO Journal reporter Bob Hennelly

DOYLE: It was 19 years ago this week that two airliners ploughed into the World Trade Center and forever altered our world. On that day, close to 3,000 people perished, including 343 firefighters who were killed when the WTC towers collapsed.

Ask Governor Murphy
WBGO

The September (10) edition of Ask Governor Murphy focused the reopening of New Jersey schools this past week and the proposed state budget from Governor Murphy.

Governor Murphy joined AGM host Nancy Solomon from his home, practicing social distancing.  WBGO Statehouse Reporter Joe Hernandez also remotely joined the program.

AGM is a WBGO News production in collaboration with WHYY and WNYC.

Click above to hear the entire program. 

Ask Governor Murphy
WBGO News

The next edition of Ask Governor Murphy is Thursday, September 10 at 7 p.m. on WBGO and here at wbgo.org. Join host Nancy Solomon of WNYC and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy as they talk about New Jersey's response to the coronavirus outbreak, the reopening of schools with in-classroom and remote learning  and the hot bottom issues in the state budget.

The number to call is 844-677-9283, or on social media with #askgovmurphy. Submit your questions in advance at AskGovMurphy.org.

NYC Could Lay Off 22,000 Workers by October 1

Aug 21, 2020
Union
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Lack of local aid from Washington may prompt similar moves here in New Jersey and across the country. 

WBGO contributor Bob Hennelly speaks with News Director Doug Doyle about the ongoing economic fallout from the COVID pandemic.

President Trump
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New Jersey officials reported Wednesday 399 new confirmed COVID-19 cases. That brings the new cumulative total to 188,427 since the state began tracking cases March 4.

Officials also reported an additional 11 deaths from the virus; raising the death toll to 14,097. The number of probable deaths was revised downward to 1,829. The latest rate of transmission is above the benchmark at 1.06; meaning for every new case, more than one other person will get infected.

Some NJ Schools Could Start Year Remotely If Health and Safety Standards Aren't Met

Aug 13, 2020
Schools
NewsBreak.com

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced Wednesday schools that certify they cannot meet health and safety standards by the first day of class, must start the year with all remote learning. 

The announcement comes a couple of days after the board for the Elizabeth School District in Union County voted to start the school year remotely; counter to Governor Murphy’s insistence that some form of in-person learning take place.

Coronavirus
Angela Hsieh for NPR News

Some angry residents in New Jersey and New York still don’t have power in their homes after Tropical Storm Isaias brought it strong winds and rains to both states, knocking down power lines and trees nearly everywhere.   PSEG officials say it's asking for help from utilities across the U.S. and Canada to help restore electricity. The tropical storm knocked out power about 575-thousand of that utility’s customers. Burlington County in South Jersey along with Bergen and Essex counties in North Jersey bore the brunt of the outages.

Governor Phil Murphy
WBGO

The July 30 edition of Ask Governor Murphy prompted plenty of phone calls regarding New Jersey's response to the coronavirus outbreak and it's impact on education, personal income and safety, state government and healthcare.

This edition was hosted by Nancy Solomon of WNYC.  WBGO and WHYY statehouse reporter Joe Hernandez was the social media reporter for the one-hour call-in show.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy joined us via phone from his home.

Ask Governor Murphy is a WBGO News collaboration with WHYY and WNYC.

Detainee
npr.org

Immigration advocates in New Jersey are praising a two-year old state program that provides free legal aid to people in federal immigration detention. More than HALF of detainees who were provided with lawyers by the program were released. 

One of detainees who got released was North Plainfield resident Fernando Fernandez Dominguez … who was picked up during an ICE raid in 20-17. Fernandez Dominguez had a private attorney but was not happy with the attorney’s representation. It wasn’t until he got a lawyer through Rutgers University’s legal clinic that he got released.

Governor Murphy: Large Indoor Parties Must Stop!

Jul 30, 2020
Coronavirus
cnn.com

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, once again, implored young people to not gather for large parties. especially inside.  

"Having that notion." I get it; we get it. We've all had our routines turned upside down for the past four months and we want to blow off some steam with friends. I can't fault -- none of us can fault anyone for having that notion" 

At the same time, Governor Murphy says crowded house parties just can't happen right now.  

"Around more efficiently." They are not safe, period. They are how coronavirus gets passed around more efficiently."

Coronavirus
Cristina Spano for NPR

The rate of coronavirus transmission in New Jersey is continuing to creep up and now stands at 1.14. That means each person who catches the disease is spreading it to more than one other person.

Governor Phil Murphy is urging caution.

“When you look at the raw numbers, it’s a mixed bag at best. We’re not out of the woods yet, and we need everybody to remain vigilant.”

New Jersey is doling out another 15 million dollars in small business grants to bolster the state’s economic recovery.  

The latest infusion of cash comes from the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund. Governor Murphy says small businesses are the backbone of the state’s economy.

“Seeing both businesses and employees emerge from this pandemic strong and ready for the times ahead is critical to the success of our overall restart and recovery.”

The Governor made the announcement outside the A-List Hair Studio in North Brunswick.

Masks
bbc.com

WBGO's Doug Doyle has the latest on how New York City and New Jersey are handling the coronavirus pandemic when so many other states are seeing a surge in cases.

Judy Persichilli
WBGO

State Health Commissioner Judith Persichelli announced at the public awareness campaign will be launched next week, with youg adults among the targeted audience.

She reiterated during Monday’s COVID-19 briefing that young adults in the Garden State are the fastest-growing group testing positive for the coronavirus because of parties being held among the 18-29 age group. “I want to especially emphasize to our young people that they are not invincible or immune to COVID-19,” she said.

NJ Transit
Edwin J. Torres/Office of Gov. Phil Murphy

Gov. Phil Murphy signed Monday an executive order that lifts the 50% capacity limit on NJ Transit, along with private-carrier buses, trains, light rail, and AccessLink vehicles. The limit will be lifted at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

As people are starting to return to work, Murphy said, officials are seeing vehicle capacities reach the current 50% limit. “We want to ensure that people are able to get to their jobs, and that the system continues operating as efficiently as possible,” the governor said.

Beaches
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New Jersey and New York City residents head into the Fourth of July weekend with several restrictions still in place.

WBGO's Doug Doyle has the rundown.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy
WBGO

The latest edition of Ask Governor Murphy on June 4 focused on how New Jersey is handling the protests surrounding the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the latest restrictions in New Jersey concerning the coronavirus.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, practicing social distancing, joined the show from his home.

The show was hosted by WNYC's Nancy Solomon.

Ask Governor Murphy
WBGO

The latest edition of Ask Governor Murphy on April 23 focused on how New Jersey is handling the coronavirus.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, practicing social distancing, joined the show from his home.  The show was hosted by WNYC's Nancy Solomon.

Calls and social media questions focused on nursing homes, the need for more PPE, unemployment and the desire for the Governor to change his mind about closing the state's parks and golf courses,

Governor Murphy
WBGO

The next edition of Ask Governor Murphy is Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. on WBGO and here at wbgo.org.

Join host Nancy Solomon of WNYC and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy as they talk about New Jersey's response to the coronavirus outbreak and it's impact on education, personal income and safey, state government and healthcare.

The number to call is 844-677-9283, or on social media with #askgovmurphy.

Submit your questions in advance at AskGovMurphy.org.

Parks
Seth Wenig/AP

There’s a growing call to reopen parks in New Jersey after they were shut by Governor Murphy to help slow the spread of coronavirus. 

The governor shut state and county parks earlier in the month. He says he got reports of too many people forming gatherings in the parks which disobey social distancing rules.

However, a number of politicians including Republican Assemblyman Jay Webber say closing all of them went too far

“Break up the groups that are not obeying the social distancing guidelines.”

Coronavirus Cases Escalate in New York and New Jersey

Mar 30, 2020
Governor Murphy
WPVI-TV

The positive cases and deaths of coronavirus continue to climb. New York State leads the way with nearly 60,000 cases and New Jersey is second in the nation with more than 11,000 cases as of Sunday.

There are more than 1,000 virus related deaths between the two states. Stats show the hospitalization rate for coronavirus patients is doubling every six days now in New York State. It’s decreasing because it wasn’t too long ago it was every 2 days.

Ask Governor Murphy
WBGO

The March (24) edition of Ask Governor Murphy on WBGO was an opportunity for concerned residents to reach out to Governor Phil Murphy and hear how the state is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

The Governor took calls and social media questions from all over state.  Governor Murphy joined the show from his home and announced the death toll in New Jersey is up to 44 with more than 36-hundred coronavirus cases in the state.

Ask Governor Murphy
WBGO

The next edition of Ask Governor Murphy is Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. on WBGO and here at wbgo.org.

Join host Nancy Solomon of WNYC and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy as they talk about New Jersey's response to the coronavirus outbreak and it's impact on education, personal income and safety, state government and healthcare. 

The number to call is 844-677-9283, or on social media with #askgovmurphy. Submit your questions in advance at AskGovMurphy.org.

coronavirus
bloomberg.com

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy says the state is struggling to get enough medical supplies and personal protective equipment to deal with the coronavirus.

The Democrat told N-B-C’s Today Show this morning that the Trump administration told governors that PART of that burden lies with individual states.

coronavirus
CDC

There’s now a ban on gatherings of 50 people or more in New York State. All schools statewide will close by Wednesday. Most are already closed.

Governor Cuomo announced a number of new restrictions and orders Monday in an effort to help control the spread of coronavirus. The governor is ordering local governments to reduce the office workforce by at least 50 percent.

He says casinos, theaters and gyms will all close. Restaurants will be limited to takeout and delivery.

Ask Governor Murphy
WBGO

The next edition of Ask Governor Murphy is tonight at 7 p.m. on WBGO and www.wbgo.org. 

Join host Nancy Solomon of WNYC and New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy as they talk about such topics as sexaul harrassment in the workplace, Ice deployment to sanctuary cities like Newark, NJ Transit and teacher accountability.

The number to call is 844-677-9283, or on social media with #askgovmurphy.

Submit your questions in advance at AskGovMurphy.org.

Alexandra Hill / WBGO News

New Jersey's own rock legend, Jon Bon Jovi, was on hand today for the opening of his new JBJ Soul Kitchen restaurant at Rutgers University-Newark.  

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