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N.J. Senate sends Murphy ‘first wave’ of coronavirus bills boosting aid to workers, businesses

Sam Marcus | March 19, 2020 | NJ Advance Media |

The state Legislature has approved an emergency package of bills mobilized in response to the global coronavirus crisis that’s shuttered schools and businesses across New Jersey.

The two dozen measures authorize grants to help schools purchase equipment for remote learning, to help small businesses meet payroll and for food banks to stock their shelves.

The package includes $10 million in aid to New Jersey workers (S2293) who miss work — but don’t qualify for unemployment — because their child’s school is closed, they are ill or they need to care for a family member. It sets aside another $10 million to assist employers who continue to pay the wages of employees ordered into quarantine.

Another bill (S3859) would allow the governor to place a moratorium on evictions of homeowners amid foreclosure proceedings or evictions of rental tenants during and for up to two months after a widespread crisis.

Murphy announced just hours later he signed the measure into law and signed an executive order to halt evictions and foreclosures during the outbreak.


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