Murphy Swings Back at Trump: At Tuesday’s White House press briefing, President Trump said that he believes that Governor Murphy and Governor Cuomo responded effectively to the public health crisis, but “got off to a very late start” on containment.
Murphy pointed out New Jersey was one of the first to begin preparing for the possibility of a coronavirus outbreak in January and that, “I don't think that there’s any state in America that was on this earlier than we were.” Murphy spoke at his daily coronavirus press briefing, adding that Washington state — where the first domestic case of coronavirus was discovered in January — also responded rapidly. “The facts don’t support that. Period, full stop.”
Tax Filing Date and State Budget Deadline Extended: Governor Murphy, Senate President Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Coughlin announced that the tax filing date would be extended from April 15th to July 15th. The State budget, which under normal circumstances would be due June 30th, will now be due on September 30th.
Executive Order 112 to Increase Health Care Capacity: Governor Murphy signed E.O. 112, to temporarily reactivate the licenses of recently retired healthcare professionals and grants temporary licenses to foreign doctors. The Executive Order also waives scope-of-practice requirements for advanced-practice nurses and physician assistants.
EDA Grant Applications: On Friday, April 3rd at 9:00 AM, the application to apply for the EDA’s Small Business Grant Program will be available. For the application and more information, small business owners should visit: https://cv.business.nj.gov
More Ventilators on the Way: Governor Murphy announced that the federal government has agreed to ship another 350 ventilators (850 total) to New Jersey from the national stockpile.
FAFSA Extended: The Deadline for NJ college students to apply for Free Application for Federal Student Aid has been extended from April 15 to June 1.
SALT Relief?: Governor Murphy and members of the New Jersey Congressional delegation have called on the federal government for an emergency suspension of the $10,000 state and local tax (SALT) deduction cap.
New Cases: Today, Governor Murphy announced that an additional 3,649 New Jersey residents have been tested positive for COVID-19 since yesterday, bringing the statewide total to 22,255. 91 New Jersey residents have lost their lives since yesterday, bringing the total number of deaths New Jersey to 355.
Good Neighbor Spotlight: The Camden Education Fund was recently featured in The Courier Post for its donation of laptops to Camden high school students in six schools districts to enable remote learning.
All NJ residents with questions or concerns about COVID-19 and resources available to them should visit: www.covid19.nj.gov
The State of NJ has established this link on COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus Information for New Jersey Businesses.
US Small Business Administration Loans: New Jersey’s small businesses and private non-profit organizations facing hardship due to the coronavirus outbreak are eligible to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans. These working capital loans are designed to help small and most non-profits meet their ordinary and financial business obligations during the pandemic.
Applicants may apply online and download applications at https://www.disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Jobs and Assistance: A online portal to provide information to impacted small business owners. The portal includes information on Executive Orders, regulations impacting small businesses and access to financial assistance from the US Small Business Administration (SBA).
Click here to visit New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s helpful Emergency Assistance Eligibility Wizard for small business owners.